ERIC Number: EJ713631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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The Revolution in Kyrgyzstan: A Social Studies Educator's Eyewitness Account
Wilen, William W.
Social Education, v69 n4 p205 May-Jun 2005
This article relates a story about the unfolding of the recent revolution in Kyrgyzstan told by an insider who was an unlikely "captive" of the events in the capital, Bishkek. Over a seven-day period this past March, protest demonstrations paralyzed the country, military and police protection evaporated, the government collapsed, the president fled, and lawlessness prevailed in the capital city. The article also provides three issue-based questions that can be useful for social studies teachers in leading a class discussion on the revolution in Kyrgyzstan. They are: (1) What other coups/revolutions in the near and distant past followed a similar pattern of upheaval and change? How did these revolutions unfold? What are the characteristics of those that were different and more violent? (2) To what extent were the demonstrating people justified in their violent behavior, including extensive and destructive looting during the various phases of the coup/revolution? and (3) What predictions can be made about the future of other former Soviet republics? What evidence supports these predictions?
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Change, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Violence, Conflict, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Futures (of Society)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Kyrgyzstan