Olympic DBQ Hunter Toney AP World History The Olympic Games have mostly revolutionized from 1892 to 2002 because of three factors; Economic/renown competition (documents 5, 6, 7, and 9), the international political competitiveness (documents 1, 3, 4, and 10) and the social aspect of competitiveness, primarily in women (documents 2 and 8). Through what I have observed, the Olympic Games have increased the economic stability of many countries, allowed for a less hostile form of competition among countries, and have introduced a sense of equality upon mankind. Document 1 is written by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement. He goes on to explain how the Olympics have given the world a “reduction of the chance of war.” He describes how trading athletes internationally is the “true free trade” among men, and how if this form of trade was introduced in Europe, that peace would soon be formed. He is trying to persuade people to bring back the Olympics for the good of the world.
Naison (2002) stated “The birth of professional and college sports have served as two of the nation’s most powerful community-building institutions, helping to define American identity on the grassroots level as powerfully as our political system, our broadcast media, or Hollywood film.” The importance of sports cannot be ignored, overlooked, or underappreciated. Our society has proven that sports has helped evolved our culture from facing immigration implications, struggling conflicts with racial divisions, and undergoing the Great depression of economic change unmatched by any society in the world. The emergence of sports served as an escape from the everyday stress, pain, and hardships Americans faced during these troubled times (Naison, 2002). Many of the sports that we as students enjoy so passionately have important significant history behind it that relates to the development of our society. I believe as students enrolled in a History of Sports college course we are responsible for embracing the knowledge of our favorite child hood sports we enjoy so dearly and how the development of these activities came to past.
• Who was more to blame for the start of the Cold War, the USA or the USSR? The origins of the Cold War; the 1945 summit conferences including the parts played by Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin and Truman, and the breakdown of the USA-USSR alliance in 1945–6; Soviet expansion in Eastern Europe; the Iron Curtain; the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan; the Berlin Blockade and its immediate consequences. June 2012 | Q.2 (a) What was the Iron Curtain?  (b) Explain why Berlin was a cause of tension between East and West between 1945 and 1949.  (c) How successful was the West in containing Communism in Europe up to 1949?
Whether they were starring in an upcoming picture, performing a newly written song, or throwing the party of the year, these famous socialites were living the life. But all of that changed on December 8th, 1941 when the United States declared war a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It was the United State’s official entry into World War II. Soldiers were the major contributors to the war, but they were not the only ones; celebrities also helped win the war. Julia Child is one example of a celebrity who contributed to the war effort.
Both sources agree that following the Sarajevo murder that Germany actively pursued a course which would lead to continental war within Europe. This idea is highlighted by the presentation by the historian Fischer, emphasising amongst other things, the policy of Weltpolitik was consciously working towards expansionism, and German leadership pursuing world power in preparation for fighting a war in Europe. As source X states that the “German plan to unleash a continental war… crystallised a month previously during the Sarajevo
The aftermath of the war and the Paris Peace Conference, 1919 affected the Olympic Games not only due to new states being created, but also by sanctions against the nations that lost the war and were blamed for starting it. Budapest had initially been selected to host the Games over Amsterdam and Lyon, but as the Austro-Hungarian Empire had been a German ally in the First World War, the Games were transferred to Antwerp in April 1919. Hungary, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria and Turkey were also banned from competing in the Games. Germany remained banned until 1925, and instead hosted a series of games called Deutsche Kampfspiele, starting with the Winter edition of 1922 (which predated the first Winter
Built in 1961, the Berlin Wall became known as a symbol of communist oppression.  In the 1963 "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, U.S. President John F. Kennedy stated the support of the United States for democratic West Germany shortly after the Soviet-supported Communist state of East Germany erected the Berlin Wall as a barrier to prevent movement from East to West.  President Reagan's 1987 visit was his second within five years. It came at a time of heightened East-West tensions, caused in particular by the debate over the stationing of short range American missiles in Europe and the United States' record peacetime defense buildup.  Reagan was scheduled to attend the 1987 G-7 summit meeting in Venice, Italy, and later made a brief stop in Berlin.
Industrialists wanted trade to expand into new overseas market where American products could be sold. The United States opened their overseas market with Japan. Japan wanted an open trade with America and to approve their military technology. The United States also gained more ports in the Midway Islands and built a naval base in Pearl Harbor. Even though the United States acquired a lot of ports prior to the Spanish-American war, they also gained new territories.