Hello everybody! Today it's my turn to write the journal.
At first, we have corrected all the exercises that Paqui gave to us the last lesson.
The first exercise was about writing the main colonies every European power had. The British Empire was the largest empire in the world. They tried to create a continuous empire from the North to the South in Africa and they controlled Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda... In Asia they controlled India, Burma and Thailand. Besides, they controlled more places. Then, we have corrected the French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Belgian Empires. I've added to my notebook that Russia colonized Siberia and Central Asia.
The second exercise was about writing what the Chinese reaction against the foreign intervention in its territory was. This intervention provoked revolts against the foreigners or the Boxer Rebellion. Paqui has told us that in China, there is only one party, which is supposed to be a communist one, but it isn't. From these topic we have jumped to the book Animal Farm that talks about a failed revolution. It was written by George Orwell who was a communist. He also wrote 1984.
Afterwards, we have corrected the definitions about the Monroe Doctrine, Manifest Destiny and the Roosevelt Corollary.
The Monroe Doctrine ("America for the Americans") was a U.S.A. foreign policy about European countries in 1823. It said that further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression, requiring U.S.A. intervention. It was declared by the president James Monroe.
The Manifest Destiny was a doctrine of the 19th century which said that the U.S.A. had the right and duty to expand throughout the North American continent.
Finally, we have corrected the definition of the Roosevelt Corollary, but Paqui has written in the whiteboard a new one that was that the Roosevelt Corollary was the culmination of a series of policies of the U.S.A. with respect to the American continent and foreign intervention there. Under Theodor Roosevelt's presidency the U.S.A. government stated that they had the right to intervene in American contintent every time their interests or the ones of their companies were in danger. This was the justification of the U.S.A. intervention in several Latin-American countries.
To finish with the lesson we have seen a video which explain the Westward Expansion of U.S.A. This was the video: http://www.the-map-as-history.com/demos/tome07/02-territorial_expansion_1783_1861.php
As always, we have copied some new word in our glossary:
- Animal Farm: rebelión en la granja (by George Orwell).
- Fable: fábula.
- Homage to Catalonia: Homenaje a Cataluña.
- Corollary: corolario.
- Culmination: culminación.
- Statement: afirmación
- To state: afirmar.
And that's all for today! Bye!