Video Clip: The Politics of the Olympic Games


Dr. Eric Zillmer discussed the politics involved in the Olympics. He talked about the history of the politicization of the games and the specific political issues relating to the 2018 games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

4 minutes


  • Adolf Hitler
  • Ancient Greece
  • Cold War
  • North Korea
  • Olympic Games
  • South Korea

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