The Emergence of Capitalism

We recently have been talking about the change from feudalism into capitalism. Now, our teacher Lenny, asked us to read a document that talked about this transition and then get into groups. Each group was assigned a different topic. My group is with Luli Giambruni, Gon Vazquez Avila and Tomi Borda and we had to talk about «The Emergence of Capitalism» [TASK]
This is our presentation:

Berlin Blockade 1948

In history, we are studying the Cold War, and now be began to study one of the most important events of this war: The Berlin Blockade. Our teacher Lenny Ambrosini, asked us to develop the following activity, here is the TASK.




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1. Life at Berlin was really difficult and harsh. After war they were devastated and the division of the zones made it even worse. There were two very different types of government leading one region, capitalism and communism, when they divide Berlin people were confused, scared an didn’t have any idea of what was going to happen or even what was happening on the other part of Berlin.

2. The main difference between East and West Berlin, was the type on government imposed but there were also other important differences. As for west Berlin, the capitalist zone, they wanted to recover Germany on the economic aspect only  as when for East Berlin, the communist zone, they wanted to keep Germany cripple and isolate but the allies didn’t allowed that.

3. The allies introduced a new currency into West Berlin known as Bizonia, as a symbol for the capitalist union and help towards the German economic recovery. This was a problem for Stalin because from then onwards communism’s spread would stop.

4. The airlift was very important since it represented the growing power of the allies and also containment.

5. They were both to blame for the tension during the airlift since although they didn’t take actions and actually go to war, they still hated each other and both had very different aims as regards Germany. As for the communists, they wanted to keep Germany crippled so that she couldn’t recover and as for the allies they wanted the German’s economic recover. Moreover, Stalin blocked the routes that connected west and east Berlin as an attempt to force the allies out of Berlin, but he failed since they thought Stalin’s actions as a threat to the Western Berlin freedom.

6. Because after 10 months of supplies brought by plane, he came to the point of accepting that the allies won’t give up on West Berlin.



On the Verge of War

In History with Lenny we have already studied the short-term causes of WW2 and the failures of the League of Nations in the 1930´s. Now we worked with some protagonists of the conflicts of the league before the start of WW2. For this, we had to create a Fakebook of one of this protagonists, I worked with Luli Giambruni, Joaco Venini and Tomi Anania and our character was Haile Selassie. [TASK]


Fakebook is a “fake” Facebook which you can use to create fictional profiles of different people. In school we use it to produce false profiles of history characters or protagonists from stories.

Short-Term causes WW2 (Meograph)

In my opinion, this presentation is a very useful tool that will help us a lot throught our studies. I also found very dinamic and much more interestig this idea of the audio presentation that reading from a text.

WW2 Animation

I found this video very entertainig and useful which helped me understand much better the development and movements from each country during the second world war. As i said before in the other presentation, i also found in this video a better and easier way to study this topic.

Manchurian Crisis

In our History class, we started working on our first topic of the year: The Manchurian Crisis. To start with the topic, our teacher Lenny Ambrosini, asked us to watch  a video and then she gave us some questions.

1. How does the video open? What might the connection between the League and the opening scenes in Poland be?

This violent and agressive images of the begining of the second world war, try to show the failure of the League by trying to mantain peace.

2. What problems did Japan face? (Mention ALL of them)

One of the main problems that Japan faced was it’s huge population which take months to feed. Another problems that Japan faced were, that it was a very isolated country, it didn’t have natural resources so they needed to trade lots of goods; and also a very important problem that Japan sufered in the 1930s was unemployment.

3. What was the role of the army in Japan?

The Japanese army started to gain lot of strenght and slowly, Japan started to become under the control of the military. They control the education and people of very young age started to practice martial arts.

4. What did army leaders believe Japan needed?

Japanese leaders thought that expanding the territory towards Asia, would benefit the empire

5. What was the value of Manchuria?

Manchuria was very important for Japan’s businnes and economy. This territory was full of natural resources that Japan lacked so it would be very helpful for the trade and international strength of Japan.

6. What happened at Mudken?

China apalled the League for help when Japan invaded and bombed the railway of Manchuria.

7. What did the League do about it?

When Japan refused to withdraw, they said that Manchuria sholud be a semi – independent country withiout Japan nor China.

8. What was Japan’s reaction to the decision of the League?

They refused to stay in the League and kept Manchuria. This was a huge problem for the League since they lost a very important member and none could do anything.

History Source Work

Since this year we are sitting for the History IGCSE examination, we had been practicing how to analyze sources and relate them to different topics. This time, we had to scan with our cellphones some QR codes our teacher Lenny Ambrosini gave us. Depending on the codes, we had different sources (images). Some of them related to the depression in the USA, others related to Nazi Germany, and what my code had was a source related on the positive aspects of the 20s boom. I looked for other partners that had the same topic and started working. We had to analyze the sources all together (my group was: Catalina Grosso, Catalina Rela, Gonzalo Vazquez Avila, Nicolas Monguzzi and Delfina Santayana) and then put the images we had in a collage. Here is the work, I hope you enjoy it!



This is a primary source because it is a real photo that was taken in the 1920s. In this image you can see some workers eating and resting on scaffolding. This is a very interesting picture because it shows how many people were working on this kind of risky jobs, it can be deadly to be working on such high places without protection, this people probably used to be unemployed before. This picture is very characteristic of the 1920’s because this decade was a huge boom of house construction, and skyscrapers started appearing.


This is a primary source, it seems to be a painting of a woman smoking which before the boom it was seem as a good habit. It show class and it made women look like men. They wanted to look like men so they could have the same rights.


This is a picture of the cover of a real 1920’s newspaper (primary source), here you can read titles that show prosperity, people encourage others to keep buying shares because as the title says, the stock market is going great, the people in the picture seem to be happy and well off. As we know, in the 1920’s people were enjoying life and getting easy money at the stock market, and even the government encouraged them to do so.


In our History project we were asigned a cause of the Second World War and analyze it with one partner of Senior 3. I had to talk about Anschluss with Juan Landolfo. In this entry you will find an analysis of Anschluss and some sources.

  • With the successes of 1936 and 1937 that gave confidence to Hitler, the Nazis turned their attention to Austria. There were many Germans in Austria and many supported the idea of union with Germany since Austria was economically weak. In 1934 Hitler had tried to take over the country but was stopped by Mussolini, but know both liders were alies. Also, there was a strong Nazi party in Austria and Hitler encouraged the Nazis to cause trouble and riots in Austria. Then he told the Austrian chancellor that only a political union would sort out these problems. Britain and France refused to help him, so the chancellor called a plebiscite. Hitler didn’t want to risk anything so he sent troops, and under the watch of the Nazis, 99 per cent of the population vote for the political union. Hitler remained with Austria, with her weapon, gold, soldiers and iron. He was breaking another term of the treaty, however Britain felt that the Germans had a right to be united with Austria and France wouldn’t have act without British support. The unification of Germany with Austria proved how week Britain and Frnace were.


1) This source is a metaphor in which Hitler is atching Austria, like saving her with the Anschluss.

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2) This Source is a map showing the territories that Hitler won thanks to the Anschluss.

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3) This source shows Mussolini, the Italian leader, blaming Hitler because taking Austria was very easy like if they «never heared a shoot».



4) This video is the speech of Hitler in which he talks about the Anschluss on March 1938.