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    Did Oliver Cromwell achieve his objectives from 1642 to 1658?

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    However the army was associated with radicalism by the propertied and gentry, again causing more compromises for Cromwell. Foreign Policy and the unity of Great Britain were also important in Cromwell's eyes. All these objectives will be looked at and assessed as to whether they were a failure or success in both Cromwell's and others eyes. Many have described Cromwell's idea of 'Liberty of Conscience', the idea of religious tolerance, to be well ahead of its time. Cromwell believed people should find their own route to God, and as humans the government had no right to determine what route people should take, as long as it was not disruptive to society, if "the most mistaken Christian, shall desire to live peaceably and quietly under you....

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    In what ways and to what extent does the concept of Spain's Golden Age apply more specifically to the reign of Philip II than to the whole period 1474 - 1598?

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    The soldiers, bred in a country with a very harsh climate 'nine months winter, three months hell,'1 were physically the fittest in Europe. The period of stability provided by Ferdinand and Isabella had generated enough wealth to keep the army well supplied, and their battles were fought with a high level of organisation and good tactics. These features are exhibited with the large number of successful battles fought in this period. The army began to decline as its commitments rose.

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    How successful was English foreign policy in the years 1509 1529?

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    Henry joined the Holy League in the November of 1511, and in early 1512 he sent around 12,000 troops to invade southern France, led by the Marques of Dorset. However, Henry had not been aware that the Spanish had already defeated the French and made peace, and the soldiers that did not die of illness were sent home. This was a failure in that Henry felt humiliated in the eyes of the rest of the world, and felt let down by both the other members of the Holy League.

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    The Liberal Reforms (1906-1914)

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    The Education (Provision of Meals) Act became law in December 1906, which allowed authorities to "take such steps as they think fit for the provision of meals". Parents were to be charged only if they could afford it or else the local authority could put a halfpenny on the rates. As a result of the Act being introduced, the number of school meals provided rose from 3 million in 1906 to 9 million in 1910 and 14 million in 1914.

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    How successful was Wolsey in his Domestic Administration 1515-29?

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    Wolsey did not take this opportunity. This challenges whether Wolsey's plans for reform in the church were serious or not. Wolsey's initial plans for reform were mainly repetitions of previous constitutions. One of these was the 'Benedictine' constitution; Wolsey simply reproduced this document with slight alterations as one of his reform plans. The 'York Provinciale' was another of his reforms which again was a set of constitutions selected from canons of his predecessors. Wolsey's reform proposals were false and superficial, this view is supported by Guy. Who also thought that Wolsey used his reforms in the church as a smokescreen.

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    To what extent was British policy in Ireland a success in the years 1868-1886?

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    It could also be looked at as one of the starting points of the demand for home rule as it gave confidence to the moderate Irish. Overall, I fell that this act was a success as many people were happy with this and as about �25 million of assets were now put into education which would have increased the happiness in for most of the people in Ireland, but would have also made the Roman Catholics unhappy as they wanted this money but this was step too far for parliament so wasn't accepted.

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