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  1. Describe and compare the progress made to secure rights for women (economically, educationally, legally, politically etc.) between 1870 and 1900

    The most common job for women was in domestic service. Lower class women would work as cooks or maids in upper class homes. It had low pay but they had accommodation and food provided. This began to change when, in 1874, Emma Paterson founded the Women's Protective and Provident League (WPPA) to help create women's trade unions. They tried to get women a more equal role in society. Women started to demand an equal education and many high schools were founded for girls. In 1870 girls were allowed to go to Cambridge University.

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  2. Has Spain’s system of Autonomous Communities created more problems than it has solved?

    The purpose of this essay is to answer the question whether Spain's system of Autonomous Communities has created more problems than it has solved or not. It will argue that the system of Autonomous Communities has been successful in tackling the problems by a large extent. First section will give an insight into what principles the system of Autonomous Communities is based on. Secondly, the successes of the system will be assessed against its critiques. The conclusion part will briefly give the reasons why it needs to be considered as an overall success.

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  3. What Problems did the Italian Government Face at the end of the First World War?

    Fiume was a major Adriatic port and the majority of its inhabitants were Italian. It had not been mentioned in the Treaty of London but after the war the Italians clamed that the port to be part of Italy. The Italian government failed to gain Fiume at the Versailles Settlement. It became what d'Annunzio described as the "mutilated victory". In September 1919 d'Annunzio, seized control of the city Fiume by using 300 troops and ruled it for a year. The allied troop's left, although some Italian troop's who supported d'Annunzio remained. The Italian government did nothing, reinforcing the image of both its weakness, and its willingness to submit to violence.

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  4. Why Did Revolutions Break Out so Widely Across Europe in 1848 and Why Did They Fail?

    Thomas Malthus had predicted starvation as birth rates outstripped many times annual increases in harvest yields; this population growth brought the urban centres closer to their resource limit, so that the poor crops of 1846-7 would be the final straw. Overcrowding took place as industrial towns like Rouxbaix increased four-fold in only ten years, and the spread of diseases like Typhus brought life expectancy in Naples down to a meagre twenty-four. The growth of the industrial workers had equally marginalised the Handwerker (independent craftsman), in particular in the German states, and they registered their desire for protectionism in the creation of the Artisan Congress in Prussia.

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  5. To what extent and for what reasons did the Conservative party become the party of the business interests 1867-1931?

    However, historians have noted that there was a gradual shift of the middle classes away from the Liberals towards the Conservatives. This could already be discerned in 1868 and even more so in 1874, despite a weak business element of MPs and a large number of men still without access to the suffrage. Thus by 1885, the Conservatives and Liberals were level-pegging in the English boroughs. Liberal governments were proving unpopular and their policies, such as the 1891 Newcastle Programme, even more so.

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  6. Notes on Citizenship and Democracy.

    This means that citizens shouldn?t only be concerned about what is happening only in their background but what?s happening around the world 1. The meaning of Democracy is fading away. We have to teach young citizens and nurture the importance of the concepts of Citizenship and Democracy through education. 1. It should be understood that democracy gives the best conditions for citizen to flourish and that Citizenship on the other hand is the means to achieve Democracy. B. Crick says that a state without citizenship or a program to achieve it is at great risk.

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  7. Notes on "Is Parliament still sovereign?"

    Second element of prlmntary sovereignty = legislative supremacy 2. In many liberal democracies, a constitutional court has power to declare legislation to be unconstitutional and annul it, but not the case in Britain 3. As prlmnt enjoys leg suprem, courts cannot strike down statute law on grounds that its unconstitutional or simple majority votes in prlmnt 4. Since no prlmnt may bind its successorsm all leg = equal status 5. Leg that brings about major constitutional change = same status as animal welfare law 6.

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  8. Should the voting age be lowered to 16 years?

    Voting is seen as people begin given the power to choose who represents them. Tax- paying citizens should have the right to freedom of speech and expression of opinion so 16 year olds should also have this right as they?ve becoming are contributing member of society. The voting system in this country is called the electoral system which not the same with other countries e.g. in other countries people vote for the prime minister / president directly at the ballot box and don?t vote for the party?s representative in their local area like in the UK.

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  9. Why is it important to vote?

    It?s important for everyone to vote because the representatives decide what taxes you will pay. Also they form the government/council which decides all sorts of major issues such as education, laws, and the police. If people stopped voting, there would probably be a dictatorship where many freedoms would be taken away. If we don?t vote ordinary people are involved in political parties and in national/local government, they can be taken over by people who may represent a minority interest.

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  10. Representative Democracy in the UK

    Representative democracy is the only practical form of democracy the UK has to offer. This is due to the vast amount of people in the country. Having an elected leader takes the burden of decision making off the electorate and onto the elected leader, this allows the people to continue their lives and entrust parliament with the general welfare of the country.

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  11. Comparing Capitalism and Socialism

    It is based on principle of individual rights. Also can be said as free market. Countries like US, JAPAN , GERMANY and CANADA follows capitalism. (Etc.) =Socialism is just like capitalism. In this there isn?t any private property owned by private owner. It characterized by social ownership by the means of production and cooperative management of the economy.

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  12. Citizenship Child Labour Campaign

    We were astonished of the local and national companies who depended heavily on products made by the means of child labour. We researched online and took the opinions of opposing viewpoints. We emailed unicef and save the children, where we were met my positive encouragement For a group of 5 students it is extremely unrealistic to make a big impact but this does not mean we should not try as we keep a pessimistic attitude it will lower morale and we will lack determination. This is type of action we had in mind: 1. Raising awareness about child labour 2.

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  13. The contribution of the Whitlam government to Australias Post war Development

    Whitlam was a rare new breed of labour politicians and had succeeded in bringing Australia into the modern age. The commitment and contribution of the Whitlam government towards Australia?s domestic measures provided equity and support during the post war development. His promotion of women?s rights, indigenous rights and multiculturalism granted equity amongst Australians. Gough Whitlam introduced Anti-Discrimination laws to provide women with equal opportunities throughout society and the work force. These laws created a less sexist atmosphere amongst citizens and also appointed an advisor of women?s affairs to assist the Prime Minister. Another action of the Whitlam government was the support of indigenous rights.

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    Is Democracy the Superior Form of Government?

    Therefore, it is "a government of the people, by the people, and for the people". First of all, democracy empowers the people and enables them to make fatal political decisions, which prevents one regime from abusing their power. For instance, the revolution in Egypt which took place several weeks ago was because the populaces were not satisfied with the political achievements carried out by their former president. If the Egyptians had the right to vote for a suitable executive, then they could simply overthrow the president without hostility.

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