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  1. This essay will assess the Australian governments efforts towards reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples, particularly the apology to the Stolen Generations and the Close the Gap campaign.

    This left a legacy of trauma and loss over many generations that continues to affect Indigenous communities, families and individuals today. (Australianstogether.org.au, n.d.) There were mixed emotions within the Indigenous community in response to the speech. Some felt it provided much needed closure and it marked the beginning of a journey of healing and reconciliation: ?Sorry may just be a word, but it should help the history of our past come back into our curriculum for the current generation to learn. An apology will mean a monumental weight has been lifted from people's shoulders.? - Sudye Jackson, retired Aboriginal footballer.

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  2. Extended Essay History: How did the US media reporting of the Vietnam War out of context influence the American public?

    First, the South Vietnamese government did not have a public relations apparatus and were not 1 ________________ really interested in opening themselves up to foreign media (Braestrup 27). Second, the m of the US media reporting from the field in Vietnam found themselves in a foreign countr where the local population spoke a different language, making it difficult to accurately co the South Vietnamese side of the war (Braestrup 28). As a result, the US reporters receive information about the South Vietnamese primarily from US advisors (Ramsey 56).

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  3. The Spanish American War of 1898

    Additionally, ideas presented by Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, Founder of the Naval War college and author of books based on the ?influence of sea power upon history,? began to seep into the desirous minds of Americans. They yearned to adapt Mahan?s idea which suggested the need to build a powerful maritime force, both naval and commercial, in order for the US to rise against all in such a competitive world. He also suggested expanding the country?s trade by increasing oversea markets for American goods.

    • Word count: 1194
  4. Analyse the reasons for the weaknesses and collapse of democracy between 1918 and 1939 in Spain.

    It was the new cosmopolitan lifestyle against the rural tradition, secular against religion, authoritarian against liberal political cultures. Spain became polarised during the 1930s and thus created two camps which then allowed the Africanistas appeal the to more Right-wing already organised camp on the precedent that the Republic was not able to impose concrete reform that could reconcile all social groups - due to being internally divided. The mini-welfare state the First Republic attempted to impose is an example of this, the promise of a new welfare state raised expectations, but when the Republic failed to fully deliver on this, the Spaniards interpreted it as a policy failure.

    • Word count: 1534
  5. To what extent did the reforms of Alexander II achieve his aims

    Alexander II took all the necessary steps and prepared a platform for future modernization of the country. The first problem Alexander had to face was the serfdom question. By the mid-19th century, there were around 53 million serfs in the Russian Empire making up 90% of the whole population. The serfs were laborers, who were forced to work on the fields of laborers, in return for their protection and the right to work on their land. The peasants were bound to the land and so were in other words legally owned by the landlords.

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  6. In what ways, and with what success, did Alex II attempt to modernise Russia and preserve imperial power?

    The first reform introduced to Russia by Alex II was the idea to for the Emancipation of the Serfs. It granted him the titles ?The Liberator? due to the seemingly generous sacrifice for the Serf population. His intention however, was to liberate the Serf population a on a small-scale in order to supress revolutionaries. Alex II saw that the Serf population was beginning to become restless and he knew that the only way that Tsardom could operate successfully was with the cooperation from the bottom of the social hierarchy.

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  7. Examine the Main Causes of the First World War

    France had been reduced by her defeat to second-rank status and resented it whilst Austria - Hungary on the other hand accepted subordinate status as an ally of Germany (Dual Alliances of 1879). Bismarck saw these wars as necessary in the progression of the empire, he was not a man of brutal force unlike Kaiser Wilhelm II, hence when he died in 1898 the Kaiser passed a Naval Law the same year. This triggered response from the British Empire as it had the dominant navy power as well as France as they were still recovering from the Franco - Prussian war of 1871 and were in proximity.

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  8. Did Mussolinis foreign policies achieve their aims?

    The 1920?s were quite cautious years due to domestic concerns as well as Mussolini?s newness to the position. However, the few international incidents Italy was involved in, specifically the Corfu Incident of 1923, showed his readiness and enthusiasm to use force. The Italians had occupied the Greek island of Corfu after the Italian General Tellini was murdered on the Greek border. Mussolini, bombarded the Greek coastlines and demanded Greece pay a fine, which they eventually did. Intentionalist historians, like Macgregor Knox, believe that there was the premeditated desire for expansion that would be much more prevalent in the 1930?s.

    • Word count: 1313
  9. Women and Communal Strikes in the Crisis of 1917 - 1922 & The Fascist Solution to the Women Question in Italy and Germany

    Men did form groups to gain attention on working-class rights and political reform; sometimes they seldom paid much attention to the needs of their female counterparts who upheld community values. An important march was the one in Petrograd on February 1917, in the Julian calendar which corresponds to our Gregorian March, in imperialist Russia during the wave of losses that hindered the nation in the onslaught of WWI. What originally began as a demand for food to feed themselves eventually became a catalyst for the later Russian Revolution.

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  10. The improvement in Sino-US relations was the main factor promoting dtente between Russia and America in the years 1969-75. How far do you agree with this view?

    Soviet fears of the ?yellow peril? dated back to 19th Century and were reignited by the Sino-Soviet split of the 1960s. Climaxing in 1969 when the Peoples Liberation Army ambushed Soviet troops along the Usuri River, who suffered 59 casualties: this action was perceived by Russia as evidence that the Chinese had designs on its territory. Furthermore, following Kissinger?s secret visit to China in July 1971, the previously internationally isolated China, gained international recognition. She was admitted into the UN with a permanent seat on the Security Council in October that year.

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  11. Law and Order in the Medieval Period Assigment - Year 8

    The king would give out grants of land to his most important noblemen (barons and bishops). Every noble would have to promise loyalty to the king have his back when a war arose. They did this at a special service. They kneeled down and swore on the oath using these words "Sire, I become your man." Then the nobles divided the land among the lower lords, or knights who also had to become their vassals (servants). In the lowest spot in society sat the peasants who worked on the land.

    • Word count: 2250

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