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    Was The Ending of White Minority Rule Achieved Only by Nelson Mandela?

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    One example of the separations he put in place was the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act (1949), which banned couples of different races marrying. This would have also split up many couples and families who were already together just based on their ethnicity. Nelson Mandela, born 1918, was a South African black man who studied law and fought against apartheid. Earlier in his life, Mandela protested against segregation using peaceful methods. For example, he became a 'volunteer in chief' for the ANC, a group which tried to get the rights for non-whites.

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    Did Medicine Improve In the Middle Ages?

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    The Romans had many Gods but their religion had never been truly accepted in Britain and the native people held mainly pagan beliefs. With these beliefs went methods of medicinal treatment that were based on appeasing specific spirits or superstition. When Britain became a Christian nation these beliefs continued and, although the spiritual cures were mostly replaced by prayer, they still had very little effect. The Romans had got much of their knowledge from the Greeks, who came up with many theories about the cause of disease.

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    Describe the problems of living in a newly set up town in the West.

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    It was necessary to appoint town marshals to help keep the law and order. These town marshals often caused as many problems as they solved because they were often renowned gun-fighters. This helped keep criminal behaviour under control. James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok was hired in 1871 by the citizens of Abeline. He has made his name as a gunfighter in 1865 when he killed Davis Tutt. As town marshal of Abeline he was paid well, $150 per month. He used this money on drinking gambling and he lived with a succession of prostitutes.

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    “Greed and desire for land were the main reason for conflict between Whites and the Native Americans.” Do you agree?

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    This could lead to conflict because of racial misunderstanding. A council ruled the Indian tribes; the chief did not have total power over the actions of his tribe. This was a good system but the whites could not understand this. Between 1825 and 1840 the American Government created the permanent Indian frontier running along the 95th meridian. But broke its promises within eleven years and whites started going across into Native American land, as they thought they had given the Native Americans far too much land, about half of America.

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    Why did the discoveries of the Renaissance make little practical difference to medical treatment in the period c1500-c1700?

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    William Harvey focused on the distribution of blood around the body. He discovered that blood flows only one way around the body, and that blood is reused and not constantly produced by the liver as Galen had suggested. He used many complex diagrams which when combined with the invention of the printing press - became quickly distributed throughout the world in the form of a book entitled 'An anatomical account of the motion of the heart and blood in animals'.

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    Medicine. How far was the progress made by the Romans continued in the middle ages? Explain your answer.

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    Treatments for diseases consisted of many herbal remedies that were passed down through generations. A book called the "Herbarium" was written by Dioscorides, a roman army doctor. This book contained around 600 herbal remedies for all different types of illnesses. Some Roman doctors had come over from Greece meaning that they remained to have the belief that the four humours affected a person's health. For example, if the patient was hot, the doctor would try to cool them down using things such as a cucumber. People also believed that praying to the Gods would help them recover from their illnesses, as they had Gods for specific things e.g.

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    To what extent was Custer to blame for the defeat at the battle of Little Bighorn and to what extent was it due to circumstances outside of his control?

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    But this did not justify what his career would be. He was poor academically but excelled in swordsmanship and horsemanship. Little did he know he would become and officer in 1861, the beginning of the American Civil War. During the civil war, Custer had a flair that caught the eyes of powerful men. He then married in 1864 to Elizabeth Bacon. Some said this marriage was a great love story. He was adored deeply by her and she devoted nearly 60 years of widowhood to glorifying his memory. Custer was put on his own staff on the basis of a chance meeting by the Commander of the Army, General George McClellan.

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    Who Contributed Most to the Settling of the American West, Wagon Train Migrants or Gold Miners?

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    There were many reasons for the wagon train migrants to head west. They were suffering an economic depression, so the cost they sold their crops for was too low to live off. They had heard that Oregon had plenty of rich, fertile lands which were perfect for farming. The miners went west because gold had been discovered and they had planned to strike it rich. I think that the wagon train migrants had a much more substantial reason to travel west because they were driven out of the east, whereas the miners chose to leave out of their greed for gold.

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    Describe the way of life of the Lakota (Sioux) and Cheyenne Indians before the arrival of the whites.

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    The Sioux Indians were the most powerful with great leaders such as Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. The nomadic groups moved frequently from one campsite to another, following the herds of buffalo. Buffalo was essential to their way of life. It provided the main necessities needed by the Indians. Buffalo meat was the basic diet, along with a few wild berries. The skin was used for clothes such as moccasins and buffalo hide was used for the shelter of the teepee and the dung was used to fuel the fires. The most important item made from buffalo was the shield which was very important when it came to war.

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    To what extent was Custer to blame for the defeat of the 7th Cavalry at The Battle of Little Bighorn?

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    In the war Custer did quite well, although he always had enormously high casualty rates, though his 'fearless aggression' earned him respect of his commanding generals and kept him on the public eye. In July 1866 Custer was appointed lieutenant colonel of the seventh cavalry, and in late 1867 Custer was court-martialed and suspended from duty for being absent from duty during the campaign, but was later called back to duty in 1868 and redeemed himself (at least in the eyes of the army)

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    Why did the Native Americans lose the battle for the plains?

    The more settlers went west the more land they needed and so the more of the Native American land they took, for their gold rush towns, cattle ranching, farming and homesteading. Taking this land had an awful effect on the Buffalo, on who the Indian depended. Buffalo could no longer roam freely over the plains and so their grazing patterns were disturbed. The settlers also affected the buffalo by shooting at them for sport and also, further into the century, by performing mass slaughter of their population, the population of buffalo decreased from 13 million to just 200 between 1840 and 1885.

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  12. What are the changing attitude of Australians towards war and peace?

    Getting young men to enlist was an easy task as it was meet with enthusiasm and great eagerness by many. It was seen as an exciting new adventure, many had strong patriotic views and feelings about the war they were about to enter and it was seen as an act of heroism and their duty. Peer pressure also played an major part if your mate signed up so did you, romance was also another key factor of men enlisting, women found men in uniform attractive and it was seen as an act of cowardice and if you did not enlist women highly disapproved.

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  13. Nelson Mandela essay

    Mandela went to a Wesleyan mission school. Following Thembu tradition, he was 'initiated' when he was sixteen years old. He went on to attend Clarkebury boarding institute. Nelson was set to inherit his fathers position as a Privy counsellor so he moved to Healdtown, the Wesleyan college in Fort Beaufort in 1937. At the age of nineteen, Nelson started to take an interest in running and boxing at this school. At his new school Nelson chose to study for a Bachelor of arts at the Dort Hare university, at this university he met Oliver Tambo. Nelson and Oliver were to be friends for life and also worked with each other.

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  14. History Extension Major Work- The 1932-33 Bodyline Series

    This series has graphically been described as 'cricket's Hiroshima'1. Gone were the days of the gentleman's game. The English arrived on Australian soil, led by their formidable captain Douglas Jardine2 and they had a purpose. They wanted to win. In order to achieve this Douglas Jardine, Arthur Carr3 and Percy Fender4 had to devise a plan in which they believed could subdue the extraordinary batting skills of Don Bradman. This in turn would lead the English to regain the Ashes.

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  15. Knightly Warfare. The knights primary and considered most well known weapon was the sword.

    Although a variety of designs fall under the heading of 'arming sword', they are most commonly recognized as single-handed double-edged swords that were designed more for cutting than thrusting. The arming sword was worn by a knight even when not in armor, and he would be considered 'undressed' for public if he were without it. With this growing use of more advanced armor among knights, two handed swords for more powerful blows came into existence (Sword 1). Along with the introduction of the long sword, innovative sword designs evolved more and more rapidly for a sense of fashion as well as a weapon (Sword 2).

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  16. Plague and Medicine in the Renaissance

    And some thought it came from a peculiar arrangement of the planets. Either way, none of the treatments had any affect. The plague returned at regular intervals in the Renaissance period. People also thought that giving charity and going on pilgrimages pleased God, and then they wouldn't get the plague. About 11 000 people out of a population of 60- 100 000 had died in Florence by 1401. The leaders decided to build new doors for their cathedral as a plea to God to not let the plague return.

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  17. The Halifax Explosion of 1917

    This resulted in a fireball two kilometers high, and an eighteen-metre tall tsunami. The disaster has been forgotten by many, so those involved decided to band together and hold an annual memorial in the deceased's name. The memorial was a success, raising thousands of dollars for local charities and allowing a forum for the survivors to tell their stories.

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  18. Henry viii and his wives

    Anne Boleyn - Henry VIII's second wife and mother of Elizabeth Anne Boleyn was born in 1501. She had secretly married in 1533 after Anne became pregnant. This marriage wasn't really popular as people believed that Anne was a witch and cast a spell on Henry to marry her. In September 1533 the baby was born and like Catherine it was a girl was named Elizabeth. The thought of having a baby girl made Henry cross so the ministers made some evidence showing that she was unfaithful and that she was about to kill the king.

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  19. The battle of britain and the battle of the atlantic project.

    _________________________________________ In the late May 1940, British troops evacuated Dunkirk and left France to open to the Germans. This left Britain on its own against the German war machine, The German invasion plan, Operation Sealion-which could only work if the Luftwaffe had control of the skies. The Germans had nearly 2500 aircraft available: 969 bombers; 360 Skuka dive bombers; 869 ME109 fighters and 268 twin engined ME110 fighter bombers. Against this the RAF pitched 820 fighters. However most of the bombers did not play a part in the battle. Overall the fighter forces were equally matched. One serious downside for the German fighter pilots was that they only had about 20 minutes flying time over South East England because of fuel limits.

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  20. Why Was Slavery abolished in the British Empire in 1833?

    This was how the Triangular Slave trade system was made. Many white middle class men who believed that slavery was wrong were in high places in parliament so people like William Wilberforce and Granville Sharpe had a big role to play in the abolition of slavery. That wasn't the only thing white working and middle class men did, they also refused to eat sugar, so the sugar plantations were making a loss. Another reason for the abolition is the actions of black people, they had gone through the slave triangle like Olaudah Equiano or Mary Prince.

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  21. The historical acuracy of the film "The Mummy"

    The Mummy utterly disregarded the history of the enslavement of Jews during the time period they portrayed. The Mummy bases most of if not all of its historical details on the wrong information, thus they let viewers believe stereotypes portrayed in the movie such as The Great Pyramids, The Book of the Dead and The Enslavement of Jews in Egypt. According to The Mummy the Great Pyramids of Giza were built during the time of Imhotep was ruling. It also present that he was buried inside one of The Great Pyramids in Giza. Chronological this is flawed because Imhotep was buried in his step pyramid that he designed located in Djoser.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • William was successful at Hastings because of his leadership of the Normans.(TM) To what extent do you agree?

    "In conclusion, although William was a brilliant leader of the Normans his leadership was not the most important reason the Normans defeated the English at Hastings. It is true that he was a brilliant leader but I think that the most important reason was that the English were completely exhausted from the days of fighting and marching prior to the battle. This factor is the most important because the English were just not ready for another huge battle in the space of a few weeks. The Normans had been ready and rested for months so they had a huge advantage over the exhausted English. The other reasons did play a part in the defeat I think that if the English did not have to fight off Hardrada first, they would have beaten William. The Normans did have the cavalry and Harolds tactics were poor but the cavalry were largely ineffective against the English line until Haralds tactics came into play with his inability to control his men meant that the English came off the hill and so the cavalry found it easy to pick them off. Overall the most important reason was because the English were completely exhausted."

  • In 1815 the possibility of a united Italy was slight(TM) to what extent do you agree with this?

    "From the information I have gathered I conclude that I agree with the statement to a certain extent but not entirely. There are many reasons that the chance of a United Italy are slight and these reasons generally outweigh the arguments that its not. Most of the arguments against the statement also only hinder the arguments for it rather than exclude them completely. However even with this I fell that the way in which many of the states were run, soon enough the people would look to push for a United Italy as it would definitely be in their own personal interests."

  • Apartheid - To what extent did the statement in the novel Cry the Beloved Country,

    "Conclusion The aim of this research is to investigate the reasons for the implementation of Apartheid and to find out the effects of the implementation on the whites and the blacks in South Africa. In the process of investigating the sources, I discovered that some sources were rather one-sided. I also realised that some of the present work, especially the websites, have rather incomplete information on Apartheid, thus allowing my work to further expand on. Apartheid is a discrimination system in which whites are legalised to discriminate against the blacks therefore it is important to study this system to prevent it from appearing around the globe."

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