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  1. Site Study - Harbour Bridge

    The current Sydney Cove no longer has the large amount of trees due to the bustling Sydney CBD developments Darling Harbor was later on used for industrial purposes. Docks, railway, shipping terminals were all located on the harbor. It was originally named "Cockle Bay" due to the abundance of shellfish found on the harbor. Not long after, there was a decline as a port. It is now a recreational centre with shopping centers, 15 hotels, 100 restaurants and the Convention Centre located there.

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  2. Battle of Hastings

    William used tactic to defeat Harold II, he began with sending archers to soften the opposition and then allowed the infantry to advance lastly followed by the cavalry. The Norman army was assisted by nobles, mercenaries and troops from France, Europe and Southern Italy. For the battle, William used strategy; weakening the army first then engaging in close combat while the English used brute strength and whatever material was available i.e. stones, javelins and maces. The English had also built a shied wall which proved very effective in the beginning.

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  3. In what ways were the lives of children on the home front affected by the Second World War?

    The children would collect things such as scrap aluminium, pans, pots and rubber. This was good for the children's development but also for the war effort. Children now felt responsible that they were doing something for the war but at the same time having fun so while this went on they had a 'Cog Song'. Children went round in groups and had a good time. During the War there were other things to distract children such as, films allowing children to escape from the harshness of War. Films like 'Dumbo' were made to show children what's happening in the War and escape into a world of fantasy.

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  4. There is plenty to suggest that women never got away from their traditional role. Neil DeMarco, The Second World War, Hodder & Stoughton, 2004. In your opinion are the views expressed by Neil DeMarco justified?

    This is proven in source E3 and the source is correct because the source shows women as gossips and struggling with rationing. This source could be reliable because it was made at the time, boosts morale and supports DeMarco however it was made by a newspaper so it could have been censored and approved by the government. This could be useful because it shows women's role in the home, the women working together and DeMarco has evidence to back him up however this has been made by a newspaper and it could be biased towards the governments perceptions.

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  5. European settlement of Australia and its effect on the indigenous population.

    The non-indigenous people have migrated to Australia to create a main English-speaking country. Their (indigenous people) population, culture, spirituality and homelands have been under threat ever since even though the developments that the non-indigenous people have not come without a price. The settlement was established first through conquering the indigenous people they covered that by killing them, taking their children or used as slavery. In the first 100 years of the white settlement the average of how much indigenous people got killed was 20,000 by the colonial forces.

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  6. Analyzing the fall of Singapore

    The Japanese would not have been able to do so should the British had exercised better discretion and strategy planning. The Japanese carried out their attack in a very surreptitious manner yet dropped many hints that they were launching an attack against Singapore. For instance, in order to capture Singapore, they opted for a very systematic approach, like capturing Malaya as well as signing treaties with the government of Siam to allow Japanese troops to past freely and use Siam as a base as long as the Japanese did not launch an attack against Siam.

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  7. Reasons for founding Singapore

    However, both trading ports failed in their purpose. They were too far from the main trading area in the Malay Archipelago, in this case, Batavia. Furthermore, Penang was too far north of the Archipelago and Bencoolen was on the wrong side of Sumatra, facing the Indian Ocean instead of the Straits of Melaka. Thus, both ports had no significant use to the British since it did not present much trade benefits nor strengthen the British's presence in Southeast Asia. As compared to the Dutch controlled Melaka nearby, the British were far lacking in terms of the trade presence they had in Southeast Asia.

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  8. Why Were British Troops Sent Into Northern Island In 1969?

    Catholics were more likely to be unemployed, more likely to have menial jobs, more likely to be in poor housing and less likely to be re-housed (according to the "The Troubles" video). They were even denied the vote in elections, which as well as causing anger meant that there were few options for Catholics to try and get more civil rights, so they had to march to try and get the government to respond to their opinions. Catholics took inspiration from the Black civil rights marches in America and the student riots in France.

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  9. Why the site you have studied was created, Durham Cathedral

    they noticed that the body was perfectly preserved so they believed that he was holy and was chosen to become a Saint. Later in 793 the Vikings invaded the north so the monks had to move his body, in 875 they set off and by the myth it goes that it took the monks 7 years to get to Chester-Le-Street and eventually the monks found a place near the River Wear to rest, as they started to set off again the coffin would not move so the monks thought that this must be the place where St.

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  10. Which country contributed the most to Napoleon's downfall?

    Although Russia played a major part in the way Napoleon fell from power, Britain also played an important part. The British had lots of money, lots! This meant that they could pay for a longer war and defeat the French with the artillery and supplies. Britain is an island and had a big naval army, another problem posed to Napoleon.

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  11. Why was Quarry Bank mill built in Styal? At the time when Greg was anxious to find a suitable site for his mill, it is evident that the cotton industry was rapidly growing.

    This led to many mills being erected and set to work speedily. Manufacturers could now afford to buy machinery and get their businesses underway. With this in consideration, Greg was going to need some space for possible expansion if his business was successful. The towns were full to capacity with factories and he decided the country would have a sufficient amount of space for any possible expansion he may later require. Samuel Greg was adopted by his uncle when he was young. As mentioned above, he was brought up working with his uncle in his merchant manufacturing business in Manchester.

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  12. Why was the Church important in the Middle Ages?

    If crops failed or someone was ill people came to the church to pray for help. Every Sunday each villager went to a service in Latin which they didn't understand then a sermon which they did. Here they were told of the horrors awaiting them in Hell if they did not live by the Church's laws. The parish church was overseen by a parish priest, whose duties were to teach the Gospel to his parishioners and help them live their lives by God's laws.

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  13. Beliefs of the Plain Indians

    The desire to go the Happy Hunting Ground when they died was shared by all Indians. As well as believing in the one Great Spirit, the Plains Indians believed that all creations of the Great Spirit had spirits of their own. This included animals, birds, fish and plants, as well as human beings. Even the rocks, trees and streams had spirits. (Extracts from The American West 1840 - 1895, The Struggle For The Plains - a study in depth, Martin Shephard). Spirits were very important to the Plain Indians as they believed that they had had very specific purposes and they had many uses for them.

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  14. Taranaki land wars

    When Thomas Gore Browne(governor of New Zealand at the time) authorized the purchase of the Waitara block. The war was on. The Te Atiawa Maori enjoyed a stable economy from selling produce to the Pakeha in Taranaki but that all changed when there was an influx of land hungry Pakeha looking to buy land in the 'The garden of New Zealand.' Individual land ownership was a new concept to the maori and once land was sold that they could not retrieve the land back.

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  15. Comparison and contrast between Night by Elie Wiesel and Life is beautiful by Robert Benigini.

    However, both are the narrator of the stories. Night is a story based on Elie's point of view and Life is beautiful is a story based on Guido's, his father, point of view, not on his. Both were Jewish and taken to a concentration camp. In spite of being Jewish, both of their lives were quite different from each other in the camps, as Elie knew about everything happening around him and has to help himself in order to survive but on the other side we know that Joshua never came to know about the reality of concentration camp.

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  16. Describe the ways in which the methods of the suffragettes and suffragists were different.

    who used peaceful and non violent methods like protests, marches, negotiation with high ranking government officials. Suffragists believed in Women's rights and votes for Women, they believed that the only way to achieve this was through negotiation with officials and peaceful demonstrations, they believed that the suffragettes were fighting a lost cause because if you upset or lose the trust of men in parliament then you are less likely to persuade them to their way of thinking. So we know that the two society's methods were different but what else was different in their thinking and their morals?

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  17. Mortimer Wheeler - Major Discovery - Maiden Castle

    One of the main reasons Mortimer Wheeler is remembered today is for his pioneering of the box grid system. He developed a system that divided the field into small squares, each separated by a narrow baulk2. As the site of Maiden Castle was so large it was imperative that finds and their data were accurately recorded. Wheeler maintained strict control of his sites and meticulous organisation of stratigraphy, and all other aspects of operations on site, was exercised. It was commented that it took on the appearance of a military operation3. Each box had team with a leader who reported to Wheeler.

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  18. Hiroshima Bombing, Justified or not?

    would kill far more Japanese then an Atomic bomb would" This quote states that "conventional" (Normal) bombing would be superior and far more useful than a single bomb of Atomic power. This point is a useful point and is not very biased as it was thought by someone who did want to eliminate the Japanese and thought that the military really would benefit if they used normal bombing instead of this new force. This point also gives us an insight into the numbers of dead and the power of bombs. This point justifies the bombings emphasising that it really wouldn't work and that it was pretty rubbish, so therefore not that bad to use.

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  19. Lady Macbeth 2

    The use of the phrase 'my battlements' shows that Inverness is her castle, thus she is in-charge. Stemming from that, the fact that she's in charge also could mean that she is the mastermind behind Duncan's murder- an insight to her cruel, ambitious nature. Her controlling nature becomes more outstanding when she tells her husband what he must do during Duncan's stay. She wants the matter (killing of Duncan) to be left in her dispatch. To me, the biggest insight of Lady Macbeth's 'sinister' nature is when she solicits with the demons that feed off 'mortal thoughts' to make her a force of malice.

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  20. The develpoment of Ightham Mote

    The Great Hall of Ightham Mote is a room that clearly reflects the Tudor society at the time. Unlike the medieval period, the changes in the Tudors were made to maintain the fashion of the time. This is reflected by Richard Haut (who owned the house in 1485) replacing simpler small windows of the Great Hall with bigger windows, purely based on the fact that the society had "passion for brightness." This was a typical feature of the time, since it is also mentioned in Girouard.

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  21. Differences between 1st and 2nd New Deal

    Other important First New Deal programs were the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the Glass-Steagall Banking Act of 1933, and the Securities Act of 1933. A second major burst of New Deal legislation, concerned especially with social reform, came in 1935. The defining programs of this Second New Deal began with the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of April 1935, which produced the Works Progress Administration (WPA), followed in the spring and summer by a number of programs enacted in the "Second Hundred Days."

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  22. Canada's Involvement in WW1 Hindsight

    As far as soldiers go, I'd say that World War One was not worthwhile as human beings should never have to go through what they did. Canadian woman and other civilians (Elders and Children) also had to suffer a substantial amount during the war. Firstly there were strict rationing laws set in place in order to be bale to supply the Military and the civilian population during the length of the war and because of this rationing many people had to do without goods that they were accustomed to.

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  23. Why did groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 1960s?

    it seemed as if nothing could go wrong. They'd been performing together for a number of years. Various members had come and gone, and yet the group still didn't get very far. In 1962 the change came about with manager Brian Epstein, who secured a record contract for them with EMI, on the request of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, he sacked the drummer Pete Best to be replaced by Ringo Starr. Brian Epstein remained the manager on The Beatles until his death on the 27th August 1967. Musician Larry Diehl of the band Lil' Boys Blue remembers the impact the Beatles had: "When the Beatles hit and later the British Invasion, life as we

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  24. China and Taiwan

    The original name of the island was Pakan and on it lived the Malayo-Polynesian. There were a large amount of Chinese settlers and thus the aborigines were forced to live in the hills and mountains and they were then called the mountain people. In 1590 the first western ship sailed passed the island Jan Huygen van Linschoten the Dutch navigator of the ship called it "Ilha Formosa" meaning beautiful island and this stuck and became the islands name for the next four centuries. During 1624-1662 the island was occupied by the Dutch and when they arrived they only found the aborigine population and there were no signs of administrative structure of the Chinese Imperial Government.

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  25. Settlement of Canada

    They slowly occupied the entire North American continent. Other theories suggest an arrival by the Pacific Ocean by Aleutian Islands. Native people reached Quebec's territory about 12,000 years ago. They formed different groups; their cultures reflected their different lifestyles. The Iroquoians practiced a sedentary lifestyle and lived in villages with hundreds of people who periodically moved from one region to another. They lived a life that relied on agriculture. The Algonquians were nomadic people; they traveled in small groups according to the seasons. They lived by hunting and fishing.

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