The world's had its fair share of international revolutions as people around the globe sought to create meaningful change. Learn about some of the most interesting and influential revolutions recorded.
William Butler Yeats
Yeats reveals his torn emotions about the Easter Rising, an armed rebellion against British rule in Ireland.
Joan of Arc: France’s Young Tragic Hero
The story of how the young and courageous Joan of Arc led the French to victory against the English in the 1400s.
How Haiti Saved the United States
In the late 18th century, Toussaint L’Ouverture led a slave uprising that conquered their French captors and helped America expand.
China's Cultural Revolution
This informational text explains the goals for and consequences of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution in 1950s-60s communist China.
The Tiananmen Square Massacre
Peaceful protests for change in 1980s China build until the ruling regime silences the voices of the people in a violent manner.
Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters
Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo ruled with an iron and bloody fist from 1930 to 1961, before the oppressed people of his nation bravely toppled the regime.
Russia's Last Czar, Nicholas II
This informational text details the tragic rise and fall of the last czar, or emperor, of imperial Russia: Nicholas II.
French emperor and dictator Napoleon Bonaparte left a lasting imprint on European history, but whether this was a positive legacy is up to debate.
The Russian Revolution
The complex path leading to the Russian Revolution of 1917 is retraced, exploring the central conflict between social unrest and autocratic rule.
The Rise and Fall of Karl Marx
Mike Kubic discusses Karl Marx’s life and his development of the political theory: communism.
South African Apartheid
South Africa’s racist policy of “apartheid” was used to separate and discriminate against non-white South Africans.
TURMOIL IN CHINA; In Shanghai, Protesters Turn Defiant
Richard Bernstein discusses students’ protest of the Communist Party in Shanghai, China, in 1989.
Key Black Leader Turns 60 On South Africa Prison Isle
John F. Burns
John F. Burns discusses Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island for his actions against South Africa’s government.
Excerpt from “Our America”
José Martí discusses leadership in Latin American nations.
The St. Petersburg Workmen's Petition to the Tsar, January 22, 1905
George Gapon describes life for workmen to the Tsar of Russia in 1905.
Rasputin: Mysteries of a Monk's Life and Death
This text tackles a topic that has fascinated the world for over a century — the life and death of Grigori Rasputin.
The Three Sisters, Avenged: A Dominican Drama
Larry Rohter discusses the murder of the Mirabal sisters and how it impacted people of the Dominican Republic.
2 Khmer Rouge Leaders Are Convicted in Cambodia
Thomas Fuller and Julia Wallace
Thomas Fuller and Julia Wallace discuss the conviction of two leaders of the Khmer Rouge organization in Cambodia that committed crimes against its people.
The Reign of Terror
Jessica McBirney discusses the violent period during the French Revolution known as the Reign of Terror.