TIPS *if you need to, watch it twice or thrice! stop it along the way to review your questions.
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Video found here: http://www.learner.org/series/powerofplace/page3.html
Read this summary before you begin:
The case study Strasbourg: Symbol of a United Europe provides an excellent example of how and why cooperation and conflict are involved in shaping the distribution of social, political, and economic activities. Slovakia: New Sovereignty sheds light on some of the spatial and territorial processes of cultural divergence that resulted in the splitting of the former Czechoslovakia. The case study also investigates the views of different ethnic groups about the separation.While the leadership of each government supported the peaceful separation that led to the formation of two independent countries, the major question is whether the separation was based on the will of the people. The new border affects not only the lives of local inhabitants, but also the economic and political spheres that long operated in the old Czechoslovakia.
- Why would Strasbourg be chosen as site of the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Council of Europe?
- How was Stasbourg relative location played a role in the formation of the EU?
- How is the Rhine River associated with Strasbourg?
- Locate the states of the former Communist bloc, including Czechoslovakia, on a contemporary map. (this http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/world_map2.htm and this: http://www.infoplease.com/atlas should help) Print and identify the area.
- Discuss the history of the European Union. What are the EU's goals? Is supranationalism critical to Europe's future?
- In Western Europe, is supranationalism inevitable? What are the centrifugal forces that threaten realization of a united Europe?
- In Central and Eastern Europe, is devolution inevitable? What are the centripetal forces that might lead to reduced conflict in these regions of Europe?