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Superpowers

  1. 1. Superpowers
  2. 3. What is a superpower? <ul><li>A country that is more powerful than others </li></ul><ul><li>Has power </li></ul><ul><li>Influence around the globe </li></ul><ul><li>Has big land mass </li></ul><ul><li>Has lots of resources </li></ul>http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/superpower.shtml
  3. 4. What makes a country a superpower <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvIbM8xfpIQ </li></ul>
  4. 5. Some examples
  5. 6. History
  6. 8. Cold war <ul><li>Russia Vs USA </li></ul><ul><li>The space race </li></ul>
  7. 9. Background <ul><li>The biggest superpower is the EU, bigger than USA but they have 27 member states including the UK and USA have just themselves. </li></ul>
  8. 12. What makes a country a superpower? <ul><li>Population </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Influence </li></ul><ul><li>Army </li></ul><ul><li>Dominant belief system </li></ul><ul><li>THE BEST THING IS TO HAVE RESOURCES THEN REFUSE TO SHAIR – MAIN SUPPLIER – PUT PRICES UP!!! </li></ul>
  9. 13. Resources <ul><li>The fact that middle east countries hold on to oil then sell when they are ready gives them incredible power </li></ul><ul><li>Was this a reason for the GULF war? </li></ul>
  10. 19. Between them they… <ul><li>Earn 68% of global GDP </li></ul><ul><li>Have the highest spending nations </li></ul><ul><li>Control investment </li></ul><ul><li>Worlds most powerful currencies </li></ul><ul><li>Determine political policies </li></ul><ul><li>Aid to poor countries </li></ul>
  11. 20. Are superpowers Essential for Keeping world peace? Military The UN – 4 main countries and several others – the main ones have nuclear powers religion crusades christians influence
  12. 21. Consider the impacts of a superpower on the rest of the world
  13. 22. Berlin Wall AND USSR (RUSSIA) – case study - tasks <ul><li>What happened? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was there a wall? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was it knocked down and when? </li></ul><ul><li>Where was it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are geographers interested in the fall of the Berlin Wall? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the USSR? </li></ul><ul><li>Where was it? </li></ul><ul><li>Who was part of it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did it split? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it an interesting case study </li></ul>
  14. 23. Homework <ul><li>Is the EU really the worlds major superpower? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/superpower.shtml </li></ul>

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