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HISTORY 105, SECTION 26 – Clif Stratton – Spring 2018 History 105

Habitat Loss in Canada

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In 2017, in northern British Columbia, Canada, researchers discovered woodland caribou populations are continuing to decline due to habitat loss and predation. Although there have been conservation efforts, the population has declined 64% since the 1990s. Since the early 1900’s, significant amount of habitat loss due to construction and human population growth has driven caribou away from roads and their preferred forests to small forested areas, attracting more predators to those areas. The increases population of prey and predators has attracted hunters. Since then, Habitat restoration, the wolf control program, and the Peace North Caribou Plan has helped the government increase the caribou population and protect both the caribou and the wolves. Last year, the government successfully increased the amount of land set aside for the caribou. How has man negatively impacted wildlife in Canada affect the caribou population in the 1900s?


[1] Samantha Wright Allen, “Woodland caribou facing extinction,” Prince George Citizen, May 2015, (Jan 15, 2018)

[2] Prince George Citizen, May 2015


Geographic focus: Canada

Search terms: Ecolog*, histor*, Habitat loss, Extinct*, Predation

Death March Article

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People do not think of the after effect of things such as food or drinking and end up having some sort of medical issue such as AIDS. Us as humans do not usually think before we do things we do it and hope for the best end result. “In South Africa, there are more than one out of every eight south Africa’s is H.I.V. positive.” There is a treatment for AIDS which is a treatment that has been helping a lot, it’s called antiretroviral. “If you go to the doctor’s office and they let you go right away then it means that you are HIV negative, but if you stay there for an extra hour it means you are positive.”  Many people do not want to do treatment or take any tests because they feel that it’s a kind of bewitchment so someone that you are related to if you ever offended them they are “giving” them the sickness. Why are is AIDs and HIV still going on in these countries?


  1. Hochschild, Adam, “Death March,” Death March, February 10, 2008, , 15 January 2018.


  1. Death March, February 10, 2008.

Geographic Focus: South Africa


Search Terms: AIDS, HIV, Africa, histo*




Apologies for war crimes in Japan

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Research Assignment #1

On August 15, 1945 nearing the end of the war Japan surrendered, but over 70 years after the countries surrender the damage from invasion and occupation caused by the Japanese Imperial Army still remains an issue in building trust among neighbors. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the 70th anniversary of the surrender said in a televised address said: “I express my feelings of profound grief and my eternal, sincere condolences.”

Though added the controversial statement that “We must not let our children, grandchildren and even further generations to come, who have nothing to do with the war, be predestined to apologize,”[1]

This statement was not received well by neighbors including China, where some of the war atrocities still debated today occurred, including forced labor and sex slavery. [2] It is no surprise that Abe’s comments were not well received as he himself has a complex history with this conflict. His grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi used to oversee industrial development in occupied territory during the 1930s, when sex slavery was common. Mr. Abe has also in the recent past personally angered neighboring countries China and Korea by visiting Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, a war monument to now tried war criminals.

The controversy also raises historical questions about the history of hatred among Japans deeper history of brutality with its neighbors, especially Korea and China. How has the war settled in much if the world, including Europe, while Japan still holds unresolved issues with its neighboring countries?

[1] Moritsugu, Ken; Yamaguchi, Mari “Japanese leader Abe stops short of apology for World War II” St Louis Post, 2015

[2] French, Howard W “Abe’s Avoidance of the Past” New York Times 2015

Search terms: Japan*, histor*, war OR terror*


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…to the digital history website for History 105. This is where you will complete your major research project for this class.

You need not go through Blackboard every time you wish to access this site. Simply bookmark it as you would any webpage for quick reference. Use your WSU Network ID and password to login (login top of right-hand navigation; login instructions top of left-hand navigation).

Instructions for each research assignment are available on the left, and samples for each research assignment (examples of what yours ought to look like at each stage) are available on the right, along with research and writing guides.

Comments on your post (you should only have one throughout the entire semester that you revise at each stage of the research process) will appear immediately below the post itself, just as you might read comments below a Facebook post, Tweet, or YouTube video. To view these comments, you will need to be in “view” rather than “edit” mode for your post.

You are welcome to reply to comments, but know that I currently do not have a way to get notifications of new comments. As such, it is likely that I will miss it. Best to email  directly.

Again, welcome. I look forward to seeing how each of you develop your projects.