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  1. Why did Stalemate develop on the Western front?

    Whilst the Germans marched o Paris, the French troops travelled on train and taxi! The British Expeditionary Force and the French managed to stop the German advance at the River Marne, later pushing the Germans back to the River Aisne. This is a main reason why Stalemate occurred on the western front as neither side could advance. Both sides turned to digging down for protection against sniper and shellfire this created the trenches. The ideal 'Blitzkrieg' war had turned stationary. A result of the battle of the Marne caused the trenches. This lead to stalemate on the western front as the Germans could not advance past the River Aisne, and the British and French could not push the Germans all the way out of France.

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  2. Joining WW II

    into war but the isolationists didn't let Roosevelt join the war even if it was the right thing to do since the American intervention was necessary. For example he non-aggression pact signed by Stalin and Hitler should have brought the U.S. into war but it didn't. This secret agreement, later become known by the attack of the USSR to the Eastern Poland, said that Germany and USSR will never attack each other and that they would have invaded Poland simultaneously and from the respective side in order to annex the Western Poland to Germany and the Eastern Poland to USSR.

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  3. Manifest Destiny

    If O'Sullivan never came up with this quote and great use of words, the United States would still have had a westward expansion, but the quote cleared things up amongst the people. The start of the westward expansion was at a time in which the United States was experiencing a time of high birth and immigration rates. Other factors for why people wanted to expand westward was the two economic depressions, frontier land was very inexpensive or free, and west coast ports could have oversea trading with pacific coast countries.

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    Some of these jobs included planting forests and digging ditches. These schemes were then extended to ambitious public works programmes organised by the German Labour Front. In addition, new motorways (autobahns) were built along with hospitals, schools, sports stadiums and other public buildings. These public places created thousands of jobs. Hitler and the Nazis also brought about rearmament, and began to rearm Germany. An armaments industry grew to make weapons and equipment needed. Conscription was then introduced which benefited the Germans greatly as it forced them to go and join the army.

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  5. Why did USA loose the Vietnam War?

    The other chemical weapon commonly used by USA was Napalm. It was a very dangerous weapon. It burned through clothes and sometimes even skin of Vietnamese people. The last US military tactic was "search and destroy". It was the least efficient from all of them, because according to the statistics for one Viet Cong weapon found, six civilians were killed. These tactics made USA look very unpopular in the eyes of Vietnamese people. This was a major issue, according to the fact that Viet Cong soldiers were dressed exactly the same as the civilians, and without the help of villagers it was very hard to distinguish Viet Cong from normal habitants.

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  6. The Importance of Welfare, for Veterans, during World War II

    The exceptional benefits had encouraged the young and unemployed people to join the force, since it promised to provide the soldiers with housing after they came back from the war as veterans. One example would be the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, which was a Crown corporation and owned by the Government of Canada. It was founded during World War II to provide housing for returning soldiers.

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  7. Were the Americans justified in dropping the Atomic Bombs on Japan in 1945?

    I knew what I was doing when I stopped the war. I have no regrets and under the circumstances I would do it again." This shows that the Americans were happy with the decision they made and that the only reason they did it was to save lives in the long run. This also shows that President Truman has no doubts that he did the only thing he could have done to stop the war, which the Japanese Started when the bombed Pearl Harbour to make an empire in the Far East.

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  8. Oscar Schindler: A Profiteer-turned-hero

    Schindler's attitude toward the pitiful Jewish people changed, while the other Germans were persecuting them. His compassion and respect for them had gained as he gradually came into contact with them. At first he was a cynical and greedy exploiter of slave workers in Krakow, who was entirely driven by the luring profit like every other usurping German industrialist. In view of the fact that the original reason he employed Jews in his factory was because Jewish labours were a lot cheaper than the "Poles", he did not intend to save them at all in the first place.

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  9. Spartan Society

    Finally a Democratic system was in place which was made up of all Spartiates (full Spartan citizens) over 18. 1 The main weakness was a large helot or slave population. In 725, the Spartans needed fertile land to feed a dramatically growing population. To fix this problem the Spartans marched over the Taygetus Mountains and seized all the territory of their neighbour, Messenia. The Spartans chose to seize this land because the Messenians had settled over very fertile land, and the Spartans then found themselves with more than enough land to support themselves and their newly conquered people.

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  10. Captain James Cook

    By the time he was 19 he had been made commander of a warship. He was a British explorer, navigator and cartographer, ultimately rising to the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy. Cook was one of the few men to rise through the ranks from a seaman to a commander which made him more sympathetic to the needs of ordinary sailors. Although conditions on his ships were hard they were much better than many others. In 1769, the planet Venus was due to pass in front of the sun, a rare event that could only be visible in the southern hemisphere.

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  11. Divine Wind: Essay

    You know what I mean"(pg 35). Mitsy faces this issue throughout the whole novel but the struggle becomes harsher when the war starts to get into full action. Mitsy is really understood in the novel, even though she is from another race and speaks another language, she is stereo typed as an alien, because she is from a different race and looks different to everyone else." I suppose, that the Japanese were easily identified as aliens"(@). Zeke Sennosuke is another Japanese character in the novel who experiences misunderstanding.

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  12. What Caused the US Civil War?

    First, the main reason the war happened was because of slavery. Slavery, as we know was a big debate back then. The Southern states wanted to keep slavery so that the slaves could work on their plantations so their owners could make a business. The Northern states wanted it abolished, they thought that all people should be treated like any other person.

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  13. Why were the police unable to catch Jack the Ripper?

    Secondly, the police did not get a clear description of what the Ripper actually looked like. Many of the witnesses that had claimed to have seen Jack the Ripper all had different description of what he looked like. Some people said Jack the Ripper was a small, bearded, foreign man in a deerstalker hat, whilst other described him as a tall, distinguished man. This confused the police of what Jack the Ripper may have looked like and they could not have arrested anyone of being the Ripper. Thirdly, time and resources was wasted on the police investigating over 200 men who claimed to be Jack the Ripper.

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  14. Was It Good To Be A Woman In Imperial China

    Their toes were broken and bandages were tightly bound around the foot to pull the toes back and restrict their growth. It became fashionable as small feet were considered to be a mark of exceptional beauty. It was initially take up by court dancers as a way of performing light steps. The process was excruciatingly painful and prevented women from being active.

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  15. Battle Of Hastings

    William and his army were also long prepared for this battle but Harold was forced into it just after having a serious battle with Harald Hardrada. Another good example of William's skills is that he directed his archers to aim over the top of the enemy's shield so they would have a good hit on them instead of the arrows just ricocheting off the enemy's shield. In the middle of the battle, William's men thought he was dead and started to back off.

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  16. The Fall of the Tsar

    For example, the Tsar replaced Goremykin with Stolypin as Prime Minister. Stolypin used harsh methods of ruling which ended up with good results; however, Stolypin was assassinated just before Nicholas was going to fire him. The Tsar was also a very ignorant man who would ignore almost all advice he was given, even if it was good advice. Nicholas would only ever listen to his friend and people who were in great power, who funnily enough were his friends. The second reason as to why the Tsar fell from power was World War 1.

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  17. The Black Plague

    The bubonic plague caused the lymph glands to sell painfully, called buboes. The pneumonic plague involved coughing up blood. The early symptoms included fever, headache, weakness, and rapidly developing pneumonic with shortness of breath, chest pain, and sometimes bloody or watery sputum, The pneumonia progresses for two to four days and might have caused respiratory failure, and shock.

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  18. Why were the police unable to catch the Jack the Ripper?

    This meant that jack the ripper could easily pick his targets. Night time was when people were at most risk especially prostitutes because they were out looking for business as they had no other choice. The prostitutes were highly at danger because there was a lack of lighting facilities at night and the narrow street and allies with gaps were the spot for business. These places were also ideal for a serial killer like Jack the ripper.

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  19. The History of the Titanic.

    By 1912 the Titanic was all but complete. Although by today's standards the ship may have lacked lifeboats, at the time this was not the case. Regulations at the time did not permit that the Titanic have enough lifeboats to accommodate more than half of the ship's total number. As such, it was the case that the Titanic met the minimum requirements in this respect. Final preparations were made for the Titanic's maiden voyage from Southampton in 1912. Sea-trials for the ship took place at the Titanic's shipyard.

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  20. On Tuesday 5th May we visited Dundrum Castle to investigate if Dundrum Castle is a complete Norman Castle.

    For example I could see things such as arrow loops, the wall walk at the top of the keep(however this feature is not in good condition) and the original first floor entrance. When I went inside the keep on the ground floor there is a pit out into the rock which would have been used for water storage. As I look up I noticed that there was no roof has it had probably rotted away with the rest of the wooden features of the keep.

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  21. History of darts

    As usual some genius (there's always one around somewhere) came up with the idea of using a cross-section of a tree, the rings on it making it easier to determine who was closest to the middle. In 1530 Anne Boleyn presented Henry VIII with a set of ornate darts showing that the game had become more widespread during the medieval period. In 1844 there was a version of darts called Puff and Dart where a blowpipe was used to fire a dart at a target, but a London dart blower made a mistake and sucked instead of blowing unfortunately leading to his death.

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  22. Elizabeth I

    However, when Edward the Confessor died, Harold was voted in by all the leading noblemen in the country despite his promise. Things were further complicated for Harold in that, as well as William of Normandy, there was another contender who thought he had an equal claim to the throne. This was Harald Hardrada. William, enraged that he had not immediately become king, launched war on England, but was forced to wait until the winds changed and they could cross the channel.

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  23. Globalization good or bad?

    Compared to other forms of government, only democracy gives the people freedom and power to voice out your sentiments to the government. You can vote or choose who you think fits the position, unlike in communism voting is fake, only one candidate from one party is running and dictatorship is worst, force and fear are the dictator weapons for the people to follow him. Also, leaders and dictators tend to stay in power for a long period of time like Mao Zedong 27 and Fidel Castro 50.

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  24. Have black people in America achieved equality?

    One of the most important achievements that the civil rights movement had was getting black Americans the right to vote to achieving equality between white and black people. The process of how this achievement was achieved was first by a protest lead by Martin Luther King and certain other people. This march was from Selma to a building in Montgomery, Alabama. On the first March in February 1965 770 people were arrested.

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  25. Essay 1 - Plato

    Oratory is the art of speech which is made by combining many other subjects in order to speak and relate to a mass group of people by using anecdotes. Socrates says there have never been any good men in power. Because of this, orators could not have been good considering the men in power were not good. On the other hand, art of reasoning is using non specific words in order to explain a situation to a mass gathering of people.

    • Word count: 916

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