Combating Russian Aggression through Board Games

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2023-05

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Macias, Regina

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At approximately 5:17pm on May 13th, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot four times as he entered St. Peter’s square in the Vatican City. A man by the name of Mehmet Ali Agca claimed responsibility for the attempted murder and was promptly arrested. Scholars tend to agree that Mehmet was only able to achieve his level of mobility through the assistance of the KGB. The question, as it stands now, is how students can be taught about this event in history to further emphasize Russian aggression. Educators note that there are some possible benefits to implementing board games into historical lessons. In order for such a game to be successful in the classroom considerations of the game design should be guided by pedagogy. Through the history of the attempted murder of John Paul II in tandem with a review of educational pedagogy, this thesis will explore and develop a board game that calls attention to Russian aggression.

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USSR, Soviet Union, Catholic, pedagogy, board games, Honors College

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Macias, R. (2023). Combating Russian aggression through board games. Honors College, Texas State University.

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