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  1. Weapons used in the First World War

    These weapons were used earlier and weren't really new. The British mainly used the "Vickers" and the "Lewis" guns. They didn't expect that Germany would produce the guns that rapidly and weren't aware but when Germany started producing the "Maxim" (Also known as the MG08) the British were The German Maxim out-gunned. When they knew this. they started to make more guns too. The machine guns needed a crew of about 6 men. The French also had their own machine gun called the "Hotchkiss". The machine guns were used in different machine guns posts (like forts or nests).

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  2. The Titanic Disaster. The construction of the Titanic had been poor and resulted in the ship being fragile and damaged easily. There had been few precautions made in order to ensure the safety of the travelers during the trip from Southampton, England to

    The Titanic was created to be one of the largest ships in the world during the early 1900s. American entrepreneur J.P. Morgan funded the construction for the RMS Titanic. Being a wealthy man, owning International Mercantile Marine Co., he was able to afford the pricey materials needed to build the ship. Construction began on March 31st, 1909 by the Harland and Wolff shipyard, located in Belfast. The director of the ship, Lord William Pirrie, desired the ship to be the most luxurious and largest ship in the world, and its design intended to do so ("Titanic"). The ships dimensions had been 882.9 feet in length, a width of 92 feet, a height of 59 feet, and an estimated weight of over 46,328 tons.

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  3. What were the main results of the break from Rome?

    One result of Henry's break from Rome was his relationship with Spain and France. As they were both Catholic countries the Pope encouraged Francis I of France and Charles V of Spain to declare war on Henry as an enemy of the Church. In 1535 Henry gave Thomas Cromwell, his chief adviser Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kings Secretary, Lord Privy Seal and Vicar General, more powers which meant that he could get involved in the Church's affairs. In 1536 Thomas Cromwell began closing all the Catholic Monasteries, selling off the land to greedy local land owners.

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  4. Reasons for the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

    came to dominate Agriculture and ruin the free coloni (farmers) who drifted to the cities, to add to the unemployment there. The abundance of slaves kept wages low." The government was desperate to pay its rising cost of defense, so eventually the government raised taxes. Based on Document 4 "Part of the money went into ... the maintenance of the army and of the vast bureaucracy required by a centralized government...the expense led to strangling taxation." The results of the decline of the economy were military debt, unemployment, famine, and bad living conditions.

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  5. Many of the ideas that were introduced during the Enlightenment were incorporated into the Declaration of Independence. These ideas changed colonists attitudes towards Great Britain in an opposing way.

    One philosopher was John Locke who believed in the idea of Natural Rights. These rights belonged to all people at birth which was life, liberty, and property. The colonists understood their rights and what they actually deserved. The Enlightenment also affected the type of government in Great Britain. Before the Enlightenment occurred, Great Britain was ruled by a monarchy. The king in Great Britain was put into power by the church. Hence, the king of Great Britain only had to focus on pleasing the colonists. Before the Enlightenment took place, people were loyal to the king and the church.

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  6. Francisco Pizarro was known as the man who conquered all of the Incan Empire. Pizarro was born on March 16, 1478 and died on June 26, 1541

    His parents never were married. He was raised by his grandparents and his brothers. Pizarro lived in Spain's poorest region. Francisco Pizarro never attended school. He never learned how the read or write. He couldn't do a chore or a small job that required an education. He was a pig herder for more than fourteen years. After pig herding, he move to the West Indies and there he lived with father's brother, which is now Hattie. Panama City was founded by Francisco and his crew, which included another famous explorer, his first mate, Vasco Nu�ez de Balboa, on his very first expedition.

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  7. Did the Christian Church hinder medical development?

    If anyone was caught performing dissection were punished immediately; if they had performed dissection they would have learned more about the human body and also how to cure different disease. They also did not carry out any research by themselves, if they added onto Galen's work they would have been able to know how to cure other diseases and illnesses. Galen unfortunately didn't know how to cure every disease; so when there was an unknown disease the church did not know how to treat the patient.

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  8. Does the Great Reform Act deserve its title?

    Before 1832, there was a huge need for reform because the situation had been unchanged since the 1680's. Due to the change in the population and economy of Britain because of the Industrial Revolution the constituencies had become very unequal. The vast majority of people didn't have a vote, only 1 in 20 adult males could vote before the reform. Voting was done publicly, there were no secret ballots and a lot of voting was rigged or people had been bribed. The Great Reform Act changed who was allowed to vote. Before the reform, a man had to have a property worth �20 to be able to vote.

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  9. Why did Hitler order an attack on Stalingrad, yet fail to capture it?

    If Stalingrad was taken, then the two important trade routes would belong to the Nazis. Seeing as Hitler needed to invade the Caucasus to provide the German army with oil, it would be incredibly foolish to leave a major city behind you. They could build together a strong army and attack from the rear. Also, taking Stalingrad would boost the Nazis morale and have a psychological blow on the Russians due to Stalingrad being named after Stalin - the leader of Russia at the time and the main mover behind Communism, which the fascist Nazis hated.

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  10. World War one story - The Third Light

    "Corporal Lockhart, you and your group of men will return to your places at the front line." "But sir! I see no need for us all to remain here, twiddling our thumbs will help nobody" "Corporal Lockhart! Don't you dare reply to me! My decision is... you say they're dead" I nodded. "Well then that's different some of you who are least capable of fighting may return home." Pike questioned him "The people who stay can we be moved to a different part of the front line? You see we can't get enough sleep as we have these owls in the area and," "Pike!

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  11. History Project on the Vikings

    Thor was also known for killing giants and fought a big serpent called Jormungand. Thor rode in a chariot that was pulled by goats and it was believed that when there was a thunder storm Thor was riding in his chariot waving his hammer. Thor stood for safety and order. Ships There were two main ships that the Vikings had. They were a long travelling boat and a big fat boat that was used for carrying alot of items. First let me talk about the Long boat.

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  12. Slave trade story. I thrashed around to try and break free but a white man appears and put metal chains around my hands and ankles. I was then roughly pulled to my feet.

    I look around astonished, shocked that people from our own tribes could allow this. We arrived at the coast, I was appalled at what I saw. I looked round and saw people thrown in cages with horrible scratches all down their backs and on their legs as well. I stopped to look at some one getting whipped horribly over his back, I suddenly experienced the pain he was going through as I was hit on the back of the legs by a whip.

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  13. Why did groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 1960s?

    One may say that groups such as the Beatles and Rolling Stones guided the younger generation through this change. This is because around the same time, it was such groups that also changed in style, genre and fashion and the new wealth and power of the teenagers adapted to these groups and accepted them to do so. Due to this, such groups became idols; people wanted to look like them, sing like them and be like them. Looking back on the idea of manufactures taking advantage on wealth they also took advantage of bands such as the Beatles and Rolingstones.

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  14. To Some People, The 1960s Were The Best Of Times, To Others It Was A Period Where Many Things Went Wrong In The Society, Why Do People Have Such Different Ideas About The 1960s?

    It not only provided a safe form of contraception, but also reduced painful menstruation and even acne. Traditionalists thought that this was a disgrace as they believed in natural intercourse and also it was available to unmarried women as well as married women therefore the pill was blamed for an increase in s****l immorality. How ever, this is not proven. It is true that there were more pregnancies in the 1960's than the 1950's but that was true for every decade in the twentieth century. On the other hand liberals thought this was a great invention because for women the pill seemed to be a simple solution to a difficult problem.

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  15. Describe popular culture in Britain at the beginning of 1960s

    The songs that were released during this period of this time were mainly family orientated as the demand from the audience was for both generations (parents and children) to like the songs. Focusing on this idea, songs were written not only to entertain but also to educate. Tommy Steal, one of the first teen idols, is a great example of this time in music. In 1959 Tommy steal made a number one hit called 'little white bull'. This was educational as one may say it taught the society, metaphorically about the race difference that was occurring through the nation: "very sad because he was a little white bull.

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  16. Life in the 1920s in Melbourne was much different than the years before. There were drastic changes in Melbourne and also the world.

    Some of the teams that played were Collingwood, Carlton, Geelong, Essendon, South Melbourne, Richmond, St Kilda, Fitzroy and Melbourne. In the 1920's Richmond won the Grand Final that year, Collingwood were the runners up that year. Collingwood lost by 17 points to a crowd of 53,908. The best player during this time was Roy Cazaly; George Bayliss was the leading goal scorer in 1920. Cinemas in Melbourne during the 1920s were in black and white. There was also no sound that was made by the actors.

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  17. Was Ancient Egypt Scientific or Supernatural in its medical beliefs and practices?

    Due to advances in writing the Egyptian's were able to write on papyrus (an early form of paper) and so were able to record medical ideas and theories. This allowed Egyptian Medicine to scientifically advance as the details of illnesses and treatments were able to be recorded and stored for further use. Due to the religious ritual of embalmment (removing vital organs such as heart and brain for afterlife preservation) the Ancient Egyptians had a basic comprehension of the location of the body's major organs but knew very little about their functions as they believed organs shouldn't be dissected.

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  18. Jack the Ripper Coursework - failures of the police, living conditions and the character of the killer.

    The quote was taken from a magazine called punch, a patriotic newspaper. It was written in 1851 which means its reliability is little as a lot can change by 1888. It was written to talk about how great the establishment is as it is patriotic and therefore could be biased. However it is reliable as it was taken from a well known magazine. A table taken from the official police records in source 4 also shows that the police were capable of catching the Ripper.

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  19. Describe Law and Order in the late 19th Century

    There was very little hygiene. Sewage ran through the streets, and cesspits often overflowed and infected the drinking water. As a result of the poor hygiene and overcrowding, diseases like TB and cholera killed many people every year. Because of the poor living conditions in East London, many people drank heavily as the only way to escape their hard depressing lives. The streets of Whitechapel were like a maze, they were overcrowded, poorly lit, and very difficult to get lost in. Also, the pollution from factories filled the streets. Sometimes the smog got so bad; you couldn't see your hand in front of your face.

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  20. WWII research report D-day invasions

    Fortunately, photo reconnaissance had being going on for a year in advance so a majority of their time was not wasted on collecting this information*2*. After collecting this large list of possible landing sites, they then had to limit the invasion to an area in which they would hold a significant military advantage over the enemy. So the decision was made to use the spitfire aircraft, which was the most numerous Allied aircraft fighter at the time of the landing preparations.

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  21. I believe that the Xinhai Revolution did bring a lot of benefits and changes to China. Firstly, the use of monarchy was abolished.

    I believe that the Xinhai Revolution did bring a lot of benefits and changes to China. Firstly, the use of monarchy was abolished. In ancient China, monarchy limited the communication between the Emperor and the citizens. Citizens were hardly able to voice out their opinions or suggestions. Their interests could not be represented either. Also, the Emperor and the bureaucrats decide policies by themselves. There was often unfairness and a lack of transparency in the society.

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  22. What was the final solution?

    Hatrism of the Jews rose to new levels in Germany and Adolf Hitler publicly voiced his hatred of them and blamed them for many of Germany's problems. In Hitler's book Mein Kampf and in the n**i 25 point programme (1920) he announced his hatred of the Jews and stated that this problem needed to be resolved. Once Hitler became leader of Germany in 1933 he was in a position to implement his anti-Semitic beliefs and in 1935 the Nuremberg laws passed stating that Jews could no longer marry non-Jews and they were no longer citizens but subjects.

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  23. Ancient Egyptian Burial Customs

    Embalming was used. He was wrapped with linen. Sheet of canvas was also used. His insides were in jars evident of the process. 3. His heart was left because it was believed that the heart would be needed from day of judgement in the underworld. 4. Book of the Dead, spell 1: funeral procession Tutankhamun is lying on a deathbed. The sledge is towed by 12 persons of which nine probably are representing the 'The nine friends of the king'.

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  24. Martry Margrets death

    Her husband wasn't a catholic but his brother was a priest. John normally went with the rules. Margaret used to hide priests. Also she helped many people believe in their religion which was a catholic and took them back to the churches secretly. One day Queen Elizabeth found out about this she was very angry. Later on March 10th 1586 she was arrested and was taken to the castle. On 14th of March 1586 she was taken to court in front of the judge but she refused to plead since her only witnesses were her children.

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  25. Death of King Charles

    The king did many wrong things and for this he needed to be punished. Info on the civil war The civil war lasted for 7 years between 1642 and 1649The first war of the civil war was at edge hill in 1642.The king thought He had won the war but he hadn't because Oliver and his crew ran away. Oliver thought that his army wasn't good enough so he went back to Cambridge so he could find a new and stronger army to fight the king. But the king thought he had won and he didn't even make them surrender which would make the war fully over but he just thought he had all the glory of winning and didn't think about anything else.

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