International Baccalaureate: History
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How far do Trotsky(TM)s own misjudgments account for his failure in the power struggle which followed Lenin(TM)s death?4 star(s)
He had Lenin's support, as shown in Lenin's testament, "Comrade Trotsky... is distinguished not only by his outstanding ability. He is personally perhaps the most capable man in the present Central Committee." Although Lenin did present a criticism of Trotsky, "he has displayed excessive self-assurance," he was praised much more than the other candidates for leadership. Trotsky was also the Commissar for War, and was therefore in control of the Red Army. He had proved himself to be a skilled military commander in the Civil War, and had the support of his troops. Trotsky was also a skilled intellectual, colleague Anatoli Lunacharsky said of him, "Trotsky had remarkable gifts as an orator and a writer.
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Tsars Alexander II and Alexander III differed on the level of Foreign policy, Judicial and Educational Reforms but they shared a sense of Russian Nationalism. Both Tsars Alexander II and Alexander III had different view points on Foreign Policy. Alexander II pushed for military conquests and urged annexation of the nearest countries to augment the size of the Russian Empire. Through the advancement of the Russian army in the Caucuses, even more area was added to the empire. For example, the Russia military started a campaign against the khanate of Khiva.
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Frictions between the groups had brought Europe to the verge of war several times after 1900, and were indirectly influential in generating a world war out of the Balkan conflict between Serbia and Austria-Hungary. Although the alliance systems were intended to provide mutual defence, they encouraged war equally well by providing military support. In my opinion the most important alliance in the lead up to WW1 was the Austria-Hungary and Germany alliance. Germany gave full support to A-H in case of war in July.
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Continuity/ Change over Time Essay. Dominating throughout almost the whole region of Eurasia, the Mongols influenced their territories on all levels.
For instance, the Yuan dynasty was established by Mongols. Kublai Khan (grandson of Genghis Khan) became the first Yuan emperor in 1271.The Mongol followers progressively adopted Chinese culture and customs; in the middle of the dynasty (in 1250s), they were already indistinguishable from Chinese in terms of cultural behavior. Mongols brought some political changes into the territories their conquered. For example, the Mongols swept through Russia all the way to Kiev (at the time one of the most important cities in Russia).
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Moreover, behind the scenes, Mussolini persuaded the Conference of Ambassadors to change the initial ruling, so that it would be more to his favour; this questions whether the League was a just upholder of peace. Following the Corfu incident came Bulgaria 1925 - this is very similar to the Corfu incident - when this time it was Greece who was the aggressor. However, the League did not follow similar steps like in Corfu, instead, it condemned the Greek action, and ordered Greece to pull out and pay compensation to Bulgaria.
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Of all the European belligerents in 1914, was Germany most responsible for the onset of the Great War?
So, these were threats to other European countries which caused the alliance system. Triple Alliance: Britain, France, Russia and Triple Entente: Germany ,Austria-Hungary ,Italy. It caused the tension between these countries. From the book of Imperial Germany,1871-1914 "The activation of Schlieffen Plan and the German invasion of Luxemburg, Belgium and France was a decision that made war inevitable." As the source said, the Schlieffen plan and the invasion of Belgium was a great factor that caused the WW1. In the same source it tells about "Blank Cheque." With the German government's support Austria could do anything to Serbia.
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(Britannica, n.d) At this point, Japan felt that they were being treated very unfairly. Furthermore, in 1931 Japan attacked Manchuria and slowly conquered land from them. This resulted in a commission report filed in March of 1932 which led to the League of Nations protest and an investigation in the matter. And in March 1932, all countries in the League of Nations voted and decided that as the takeover was illegal resulting in Japan leaving the League of Nations. Japan left the League of Nations because they felt they were treated unfairly which caused an even bigger problem with the west.
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However, for collective security, nations need to give up some sovereignty, since the countries involved collectively decide what to do or support. In collective security, selfish national interests are trumped by the "greater good" of peace. In order to maintain peace, nations in a collective security system are expected to stand firm against aggression.C However, as perfect as it may sound, there are problems with collective security, as it is difficult for countries to stand up for the system, while they have no interest in the case.
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"When Count Witte, his Minister of Finance, suggested that the time had come to instruct the heir to the throne in the affairs of the state, Alexander seemed surprised. 'Tell me,' he asked the Minister, 'have you ever spoken to his Imperial Highness, the Grand Duke Tsarevich?' Witte admitted he had. 'Then don't tell me you never noticed that the Grand Duke is a dunce!'" (Figes, Orlando 17) Nicholas saw himself as a weakling, and because the Romanov family looked down on Nicholas II as if a little boy and, his self esteem was very low.
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to simplify customs. It was similar to the European Union now, it made it easier to trade between countries. This made it more attractive to trade with German states, as traders now no longer had to go through 10 customs to get from Hamburg to the southern German states. Austria was not included in the Zollverein, as it had a heavily protected economy ("historyhelp"). The Zollverein made it more attractive to trade with German states, which enabled the German states to develop very fast, while Austria didn't. Prussia's education system helped the economic growth. It had made education public, causing a lot of more people to have access to education.
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Hitler created the context for the Cold War by invading Russia in 1941 and then declaring war on the USA after the attacks on Pearl Harbour. When Nazi Germany, their common enemy, was defeated and occupied the USSR and USA were brought face to face. They realised that they were the only two superpowers in the world who were capable of attacking each other and their conflicting ideologies would only allow one to prevail, this massively raised the tensions between the two countries.
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Historical Investigation - What were the long term consequences of the Great Fire of London in 1666 for the city?
London from that point on was constantly tortured by small to grand scale fires, the fires in 1087 and 1135 being the most notable. However none of them could rival the destruction the Great Fire of London caused that began to burn 2nd of September 1666 at 10 o'clock in the evening and lasted for four days. The destruction this disaster brought however marked the birth of the modern day London. B. Summary of the Evidence ? Four-fifths of London were destroyed in the inferno of 1666 ?
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How did the American anticommunism beliefs help advance the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s?
Board of Education case in 1954. Not only did the FBI exploitations of blacks spur increasing support for the civil rights movement, the Soviets used the basic aspect of communism towards the U.S. Communism basically means a proletariat society, and because U.S. black citizens were thought of as lesser than white citizens, the Soviets supported the civil rights movement taking place. Because the U.S. never ceased to be a superpower, the U.S. sought to give black citizens some leeway and equality. Still, the Soviets used the U.S.
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This is represented by the fact that the older man implied as Germany is threatening to hurt the younger boy implied as Belgium with a staff. Also the English sign behind the young boy symbolizes the protection Belgium had from Britain regarding Belgium's neutrality. The target audience seems to be for the British as it shows how older man is picking on a little boy where Germany is the older, violent man and that Germany is a bully to Belgium.
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Historical Investigation. To what extent did the dissolution of Austria-Hungary influence the independence of the cultures that once existed within the Empire?
weakness by attempting peace negotiations with the Entende.8 * Czech delegates, the Prime Minister presented their case to organize the revolution in order to build up the Czechoslovak army in Siberia. They used their diplomatic skill and honesty in order to gain recognition from the Allies.9 Yugoslavia: * Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Yugoslav nationalism escalated. 10 * These nationalists called for independence and unification of Yugoslav nationalities of Austria-Hungary and with the merging of Serbia and Montenegro to become a single Yugoslav state.
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To what extent did Skanderbegs diplomatic and military skills prevent the Ottomans from taking over Albania?
Introduction During the 15th century, the Ottoman Empire was one of the strongest powers in the world. Their plan was to dominate Western Europe, and once they arrived in Europe, most of the colonies fell to the Ottomans. However, their main goal was to capture Rome, and the only way they could get to Rome was to go through a small country called Albania. In Albania, they were opposed by a chieftain called Gjergj Kastrioti, nicknamed Skanderbeg. Within his country, he had a fortress on the side of a mountain, and never more than twenty thousand armed men at his disposal.
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Alfred von Tirpitz's German Navy was an obvious preparation for offensive purposes towards England. While Germany was a part of the Triple Alliance (1882) with Italy and Austria- Hungary, Britain was a part of the Triple Entente (1907) with France and Russia. These two alliances were not getting along well. Britain was a constitutional monarchy under the reign of king George V. Government was run by the Liberal Party whose members included Herbert Asquith (Prime Minister), Sir Edward Grey (Foreign Secretary) and David Lloyd George (Chancellor of the Exchequer). The Second Boer War in Africa left struggles to Britain who then soon realised that it needed a reform for the army and to tackle problems concerning finance, public health and colonial government.
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Italy wasn't fully unified though, it was facing two problems: Venice, which belonged under the Austrians and Rome which was ruled by the Pope. Conquering these two cities was impossible and failed on numerous occasions. Austria was too strong for Italy to defeat and so was the pope who had 100% support from France. These problems would have been much simpler to solve if Italy would have had any money, but its unification brought a great downfall for the economy.
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Cold War Study Guide - Compare/contrast the Vietnam War policies of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.
- In response to the attack, North Vietnam claimed that the attack was in retaliation to attacks that US had issued previously on North Vietnam. - Johnson argued that the attack was completely unprovoked. - Johnson claimed that the USS Maddox was attacked two times, but there is only one time that it was proven to have been attacked. While Johnson gave the alibi that the USS Maddox was simply on a routine parol cruise, it was later discovered that there was US CIA involvement in North Vietnam.
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Exam Prep US History - Nixon's Foreign Policy, Start of US Civil War and the Imortance of the Railroads
- Southern people wanted their own system of government -- with a society and an economy based on slavery. - seemed beyond repair because South didn't think that they were able to make any more compromises. -- both sides (north and south) so grounded in their opinions on slavery that they didn't think that they could even work any more to be under the same form of government as each other. Analyze the successes and failures of the foreign policies of Richard Nixon (1969-1981) Nixon's foreign policy -- Vietnamization / chile / CIA / SALT treaties / détente / Cambodia CHILE 1970 - Chile election - Allende was depicted and identified with the socialist and communist parties.
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Whites are praising themselves, thinking that they are doing their part in the movement just by supporting it. - Cooperation with white people lowers the self-esteem of black people because it makes it seem as though they need a white person involved in order to achieve success. Cooperation with white people fosters dependency. - Believed that it was the time for economic and political independence - Financial freedom and freedom of thought - White people oppress people of color all over the world (black panthers relating their oppression to countries overseas-- oppression not only in America) -- American racism is the same as colonialism all over the world.
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Johnson's Great Society. The two main social reforms that The Great Society tackled were racial injustice and poverty.
IT DID NOT MAKE "THE POOR...VICTIMS OF THE WELFARE STATE," (DOCUMENT D) BUT ACTUALLY HELPED THEM. THE WAR ON POVERTY WAS THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL PART OF THE "GREAT SOCIETY." IN JOHNSON'S FIRST MONTHS OF PRESIDENCY, HIS FOCUS WAS ON ELIMINATING HUNGER AND DEPRIVATION OF AMERICAN LIFE. THE CENTERPIECE OF THE WAR ON POVERTY WAS THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 1964. IT CREATED THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY TO OVERSEE A WIDE RANGE OF ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMS SUCH AS COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM, HEALTHCARE, HOUSING AND UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF, HEAD START PROGRAMS.
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History Source Analysis. To what extent did the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979 and the new regime cause the Iran-Iraq war in 1980?
Furthermore, the Iraqi foreign minister was injured in an assassination plot by Shi'a extremists.4 Hussein's regime killed and deported Iraqi's who supported the revolution in Iraq.5 Claiming that Iraq was killing Islam by attempting to stop the spread of the revolution, the Iranian government insisted that the people commence a religious war of Jihad (a war against non-believers of Islam). This was often used as propaganda, so that Iranians had reason to fight.6 Hussein made it very clear that he would defend Iraq's honour and sovereignty if his regime was undermined by Shi'a Iraqi revolutionaries.7 Both Iran and Iraq were seeking supremacy in the Middle-East, and after Iran had broken the border treaty of Algiers (1975)
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Brezhnevs rule saw the improvement in living standards as well as education. Yet, these successes were counter-measured by the deterioration in other social aspects
There was also an increase in workplace absenteeism, which damaged the economy, and also an increase in alcohol consumption, which caused more deaths and lowered life expectancy. Furthermore, healthcare spending was neglected due to the priority of paramilitary spending; the badly skilled and equipped hospital staff saw an increase in corruption and bribery. Therefore, although standards of living and education prospered under Brezhnev's rule, other social areas were ignored completely. Brezhnev's policies was successful in experiencing an increase in the productivity of consumer goods in the Soviet Union; this was a major improvement in the Soviet Union as consumer investment suffered under Stalin's rule as he had been too focused in developing and centralizing the Soviet industry in the 1930s.
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A turning point in Chinas history. To what extent do you agree with this judgment of the Boxer Rebellion?
The first decision was between a gunboat and appeasement in dealing with the West. The second decision was between Chinese culture and Western studies. The third major decision between managing Western powers and ignoring them. The Chinese leadership made key decisions, which led to the ultimate demise of Imperial China. This would have impacted the outside influence on China and how it reacted to the pressure. The Boxer Rebellion soul purpose was to liberate China from foreign influence. Foreign capitalists dictated corrupt government officials and controlled leading industrial parts of Northern China. Chinese overseers were upset over this issue and contemplated for a solution.
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