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Video ba 3 19
Video BA 3/19

  • How long before the area of Chernobyl will be safe enough for people to live there again?

    2. Why do you think the people who live in Chernobyl will not leave the area?

    3. What are some of the ailments that affect the people who moved back to Chernobyl?

    4. Do you think their ailments are due to old age or radiation? Why?

    5. What do you think are some of the social and environmental affects of Chernobyl on Ukraine and the contaminated areas?

20 years later
20 Years Later


Brief history of russia and northern eurasia

Brief History of Russia and Northern Eurasia

Chapters 17-18


The student will describe the interaction of physical and human systems that have shaped contemporary Europe.

f. Analyze the impact of geography on Russia in terms of population distribution, trade, and involvement in European affairs.

g. Analyze the environmental issues associated with industrial and natural resource development in Europe, including Russia.

5 historic events
5 Historic Events

1. Genghis Khan

2. Russian Czars

3. Start of Soviet Union

4. Chernobyl

5. Fall of Soviet Union

Genghis khan the mongols
Genghis Khan & the Mongols

  • Early 1200s: Mongols conquered Central Asia

  • Army led by Genghis Khan

  • Genghis Khan: extremely brutal conqueror who completely destroyed enemies & their empires

    • Savage killing & burning

The mongols continued
The Mongols continued

  • Mongols ruled for 200 years

  • Did not judge by ethnicity or race

    • One of most diverse empires in history

  • Allowed worship of many religions

  • At its fullest extent, Mongol Empire stretched from Yellow Sea to Baltic Sea & from Himalayas to northern Russia


    • Russians isolated from rest of world for 200 years

Russian czars
Russian Czars

  • Slowly conquered Mongols & took over area

  • Czar: Russian word for emperor

  • Czars ruled from 1400s to World War I

    • Expanded Russia to its present size

      3 biggest czars were:

      1. Ivan the Terrible

    • Expanded Russia east towards the Black Sea

    • Crushed Russian nobility

2. Peter the Great

A. Opened Russia up to ideas & trade with Western Europe

B. Expanded Russia to the Baltic Sea

C. Moved Russia’s capital to St. Petersburg

3. Catherine the Great

Start of soviet union
Start of Soviet Union

  • Russia poor & losing many troops during World War I

  • Vladimir Lenin: leader of a small group of communists called Bolsheviks

    • Overthrew & murdered the Czar of Russia

  • Renamed area Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

    • AKA: Soviet Union

  • Set up command economy

  • Country taken over by Joseph Stalin after Lenin’s death

Soviet union government
Soviet Union Government

  • 1922-1991: reign of USSR

  • Run by Communist Party

  • Government controlled almost all aspects of economy

    • Set wages & prices

    • Decided what would be produced, how & where goods would be distributed

    • Owned nearly all of country's productive resources

Life under communism
Life under Communism

3 Benefits:

1. Most people were educated

  • 1980s: 90% of people could read

    2. Health care was free

    3. Most people had jobs

Life under communism1
Life under Communism

6 Disadvantages:

  • Restricted information about country & rest of world

    2. Limited production of goods

    • Shortage of daily goods

      3. Food shortages

    • Millions of peasants died of starvation

      • Many farmers died because they refused to give up their land

Disadvantages continued
Disadvantages Continued

4. Tried to eliminate religion

  • Believed it would lessen loyalty to Soviet Union

    5. People who disagreed with Communist leadership were jailed or killed

  • Sent to gulag: labor camps where people were forced to work

    • Many in Siberia

      6. Overuse & pollution of lands & resources


  • April 25, 1986

  • World’s worst nuclear accident

  • Occurred in modern day Ukraine

Chernobyl continued
Chernobyl continued

  • Nuclear power plant exploded

    • Released large amounts of radioactive material into the atmosphere

  • Explosion immediately killed 32 people

    • Devastating long-term side effects of the radiation

  • The radiation was found in milk, water, fruit, vegetables, and fish throughout the contaminated area

  • Nuclear fallout linked to genetic diseases such as leukemia, cancer, and birth defects

  • Full impact is still unknown

    • Takes 30 years for radiation side effects to show in humans

Fall of soviet union
Fall of Soviet Union

  • Collapsed in 1991

  • Caused by economic & political problems

    • Constant military competition with U.S. helped the Soviet Union crumble

      • USSR symbolically fell with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

  • Many countries declare independence

    • Create market economies

  • New countries are struggling to gain wealth & compete with rest of world

    • Many of these countries lack roads, bridges, & factories

      • USSR depleted many natural resources during control

Vladimir putin
Vladimir Putin

  • Former Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB

    • KGB: former military security agency of USSR

      • Similar to CIA in U.S.

  • President of Russia from 2000-2008/Reelected in 2012

    • Has run Russia as either President or Prime Minister since 2000

  • Offered economic reforms that actually helped the Russian economy

    • Increased wages

    • Lowered unemployment

    • Turned Russia into a global power in oil

Putin continued
Putin continued

  • Seen as “dictator” due to policies in Chechnya, Ukraine/Crimea

    • Eliminated direct elections of federal district governors

      • New governors appointed by Putin

    • Has imprisoned, killed, or exiled any person who criticizes or threatens his power

      • Exile: to banish someone from their native land

  • During his control, Russia is slowly moving back towards its communist ways during the Soviet Union