Published Date

January 7, 2021

Resource Type

AHA Resource, For the Classroom, Vetted Resource


Cultural, Current Events in Historical Context, Diplomatic/International, Labor, Legal, Political, Social

AHA Topics

Graduate Education, K–12 Education, Undergraduate Education


Asia, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, World

This resource is part of The Assault on the Capitol in Historical Perspective: Resources for Educators


Analogies are often invoked to create false historical precedents to create legitimacy. When the Capitol grounds were cleared, members of the crowd started chanting “Tiananmen Square”—an inaccurate analogy. Others have argued that a more appropriate analogy might be the Beer Hall Putsch (Munich, 1923.) The resources below can be used to begin discussions in a comparative context.

Asia For Educators includes resources on Tiananmen Square.

Making the History of 1989: The Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe examines intersecting developments that led to the collapse of Communist regimes in 1989.

Teaching Chile’s Road to Socialism: Topics, Questions, and Assignments offers an engaging, interactive approach to teaching about Chile’s peaceful transition to socialism and the powerful domestic and international challenge to President Salvador Allende and the Popular Unity.

EuroDocs’ Germany: National Socialism and World War II includes textual, visual, and material sources on German history.

1917: Digital Resources on the Russian Revolution includes links to texts, images, video, films, and audio.

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité: Exploring the French Revolution offers rich resources for student reading and research.  The site’s essay topics include the social causes of the French Revolution, a close look at the connection to and unfolding of the Haitian Revolution, and the global legacies of the revolution.

Haiti and the Atlantic World: Sources and Resources for Discussions about Haiti and the Haitian Revolution encourages discussion about Haiti’s founding documents and their influences on the broader Atlantic.

Teaching Revolutions includes short reflections and essays on teaching the history of revolutions. It includes suggestions for incorporating discussion and debate, visual and cultural analysis, and Reacting to the Past (RTTP).