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Building Blocks: How Self-Determination Shaped the Modern World LEARNING RESOURCE

Kurds celebrate during their independence referendum in Kirkuk, Iraq, on September 25, 2017.

Source: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Grade Level Grades 9-12, Higher Education


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In this resource from World101, students will learn how the world’s nearly two hundred countries came to be, and whether the map is set in stone.


CFR Education is an initiative within the Council on Foreign Relations that aims to make complex foreign policy and international issues accessible for middle, high school, and college students through its educational products: World101, Model Diplomacy, and Convene the Council.

World101 is a free collection of multimedia resources on the fundamentals of international relations and foreign policy. Designed to help your students understand the essential issues, forces, and actors that shape global affairs, World101 aims to support teachers with its videos, charts, essays, and timelines that can easily be added to any part of your lesson plan.


Introduction to Unit III: How The World Works...And Sometimes Doesn’t | World 101
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