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  1. Boudicca and Paulinus

    The soldiers who had come to seize the throne also raped her 10 and 12 year old daughters. When she still refused to hand over the kingdom the soldiers were ordered to arrest her and beat her. They were also told to brutally torture her and her daughters. Once she was released and her daughters returned to her side, Boudicca was not content to sit back and allow these crimes committed against her family to go unanswered and like any other parent she wanted revenge. She gathered with her tribe and the nearby tribe, The Trinovantes, and planned the attack.

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  2. Chp. 8 Summary - The American Colonies Rebel Against Britain

    Thomas Paine's protest called for independence of the colonies from Britain and a new political society. He pushed for a republican form of government, but was not the first person to push for one. The colonists were luckily experienced with governance, so Paine's summons for a new government did not surprise them, but everyone did not agree with his ideas. Members of the Philadelphia Congress slowly moved to breaking away peacefully from Britain. Richard Henry Lee made a formal statement to separate the colonies from Britain for good.

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  3. Health and Education during the Industrial Revolution

    This was Britain's first success in the field of medicine. Many lives were saved thanks to Jenner's vaccine. The death rate came down to 22 deaths per thousand people. But 30 years later more people moved into the towns as they became cramped up. The population became double now to 20 million. Killer diseases like cholera, typhoid and tuberculosis spread rapidly due to infected water, dirty and congested living conditions, and poor diet. People still died of shock and infection as anaesthetics were not developed.

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  4. How did the black people differ in their tactics for gaining civil rights?

    Lastly, black people may have disagreed because one wanted gradual change and the other wanted immediate change. There were four main Civil Rights groups who used peaceful protests, boycotts, marches, speeches, sit-ins, riots, letters and demonstrations in order to gain Civil Rights in America. Firstly, there was the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) and its main leader was W.E.B Du Bois. The main ways in which the group sought to gain Civil Rights was by speechmaking, lobbing and publicising the issue, peaceful marches and boycotts also by litigation. One of the most famous use of litigation by the NAACP was the Brown Vs.

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  5. Hudson Taylor: Father of Faith Missions

    In the fall of 1852, the Chinese Evangelization Society (CES) paid for his training as a doctor. The CES then, on September 19, 1853, sent him off from Liverpool to China. Once, the sailing vessel, Dumfries, was carried by a four-knot current towards New Guinea, full of cannibals. Taylor and the others prayed, and the Lord sent a strong breeze to send them on their way to China. On March 1, 1854, he arrived at Shanghai, China at 21 years old. He was the only missionary that was a resident of Shanghai, thus making him more enthusiastic to preach.

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  6. How did Henry IV get himself accepted as king of France ?

    He proved people he was good at war by defeating the Catholics in 1589 at the Battle of Arques. More generally, it was always important for Kings to be good at war : In case other countries would attack, or in case of rebellions inside the kingdom itself, etc .... He showed people before being crowned his ability to lead an army and be glorious, which was really important at that time. Being good at war also showed cleverness, force, and that you were a good commander.

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  7. History

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  8. Native Genocide

    They burned and looted villages, killing or kidnapping any who resisted, shipping them off to Europe to be sold as slaves. Arawak resistance brought on the use of guns and sabres; whole tribes were destroyed. Within a single decade, hundreds and thousands of people had already been killed. * Because communication between tribes of the New World was slow, and use of the European barbarities spread as much the same speed as the European conquest. * However, it was known that English men had much subtler methods then Spaniards.

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  9. The San

    gathered by the women and every few days the men would go out to hunt for meat. These people had a spiritual as well as physical connection to their land, were able to survive for centuries at peace with themselves, their world and could even communicate with animals and through dance. The traditional and cultural practices of the San are diverse and varied which explains how they lived in balance with the environment. It is important to know that cultural practices such as burial, dress and hunting are different among the various San groups. Tragedy for the San began with the arrival of different people, people who needed land for their cattle and goats, people who competed for the same water resources, antelope and other game which had sustained the San for centuries.

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  10. Oliver Cromwell

    Most of them had signed for the King's death. -In the year 1653 the rump parliament was dissolved because Cromwell thought that they were not doing what was asked of them. He asked them to try and pass reforms to make England a godlier place and to give Protestants freedom to worship as they wished. He also wanted them to organise elections for a new parliament so that voters could choose who they wanted in parliament.

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  11. Women and WW2

    Numbers did not rise after that, as women were needed to make aircraft and were encouraged to take up factory work instead. Women joined the Land Army from all backgrounds, a third coming from London and other large cities. Farm work was hard, and the women did all sorts of jobs including hoeing, ploughing, hedging, turning hay, lifting potatoes, threshing, lambing and looking after poultry. A thousand women were employed as rat catchers. Six thousand women worked in the Timber Corps, felling trees and running sawmills.

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  12. Jack the Ripper - Why was he never caught?

    At night, the only light source in dark alleyways would be a tiny lamp, which flickers and the air would be dusty, and even if someone saw the Ripper, they probably would only see a shadow of him. It is also thought that the Ripper was a local person because he always escapes minutes before a police arrive at the scene and he was never caught, which meant he knew the area of Whitechapel very well. Lack of technology was another main reason.

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  13. Who made the more important contribution to the development of medicine, the Greeks or the Romans?

    This influenced treatment because it was a natural explanation for illness rather than the idea of the Gods causing illness. The Greeks also believed that if they became ill, they would go to the Asclepius temple, they believed that Asclepius and his daughters would cure you when you were asleep. Hippocrates had different types and very clever ideas on observation, rest, exercise and praying. He said that if doctors were more likely to choose the right cure if they took care to find the cause of the problem.

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  14. The most important factor in the development of penicillin was its necessity in World War 2. Do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer.

    He noticed that the germs were growing around the mould. His individual genius thinking made him keep some of the mould and to grow some more from which he found that it killed germs. Fleming had tested the mould on animals which caused no harm. 1929 and 1931 he wrote up his research and named it the 'mould juice' penicillin. He did not continue with his penicillin work to make pure penicillin, instead he returned to other work he had. Howard Florey and Ernst Chain did teamwork and took the development of penicillin a step further.

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  15. How useful is a visit to the Tudor parts of Hampton Court to find out how Henry VIII used the palace?

    Henry was able to go from place to place easily; he needed to be able to do this because the sanitary conditions of that time meant that he was unable to stay in the same place for too long. I will be focusing on the Tudor parts of the palace that are left standing and how useful they are for us to find out how Henry used his palace. A lot of objects or ornaments in the palace today may look Tudor but are in fact artefacts that were replicated or restored by Victorians in the 1800s when they tried to restore the palace to the way it looked in the Tudor period.

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  16. Why did the Renaissance begin in Italy

    The Fall of Constantinople was another major reason the Renaissance started in Italy because when the Turks captured Constantinople in 1453 after the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire, scholars fled to Rome. They leaked important manuscripts which helped the advance of science and medicine. They also inspired artists and architects. These manuscripts helped Italy to become more developed than other European countries. Trade was also a significant reason the Renaissance started in Italy because it brought many new things to Italy such as translated Roman texts.

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  17. Medievil Europe

    Roman men usually only wore two types of garments the tunica and the toga. Roman women also wore the tunica in the same way as the men did. The colour of the clothing was various colours depending on social status and wealth. Fashion of the various times also indicated how much make-up, jewelry and perfume would be worn. There were two types of main shoes the calceus was an indoor shoe like sandal and the soleae was an outdoor shoe that was completely enclosed around the foot.

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  18. The Black Death diary

    3 out of 4 people have died, in her uncle's village. Please please please don't let that happen here!!! 20th September 1348 Dear diary, The plague has reached the nearby village; we closed the infirmary, today, in desperate hope that the disease will spare our nunnery. My mind is buzzing with questions, "Are mother and father alright? Has the end of the world finally come? Is everyone going to die?" I certainly hope not, I'm filled with worry, from head to toe.

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  19. Why did William the Conquerer win the battle of hastings

    The two met at Senlac Hill, near Hastings and the Battle of Hastings commenced... This essay depicts the reasons why William won this unforgettable battle. First of all, Harold Godwinson had just defeated Harold Hardrada (another contestant) 's Viking army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, which took place near York. He could hardly believe his bad luck when message came that William had landed in the south, so he had to march his battered and bruised army all the way from the north of England to the south. This also meant that although they managed to collect more men and weapons on the way, they weren't nearly as prepared as the Normans.

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  20. Does Haig deserve his title as "butcher of Somme"?

    This source was written the historian Philip Warner in 1991, 74 years after the war and after Haig had died. Though he himself was not involved in the war, it is likely that he used many sources and writing after Haig's death meant that he would have been able to be objective. The source itself is balanced and considers the context of the battle, making it trustworthy Also, Haig was not as unimaginative with his tactics as many think. He was after all the first person to use tanks.

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  21. Why was Belfast an important target for enemy bombing in 1941?

    When the Germans overran most of Europe Britain had to depend heavily on supplies from American which arrived through Belfast and Derry. Being the capital of Northern Ireland meant that Belfast became the headquarters of an ocean-going escort force with the task of preventing possible invasion and protecting the west Atlantic shipping routes. Any disruption to the city would have had devastating effect on the normal operations of the fleets and convoys. The city was also the industrial centre of Northern Ireland with shipyards, arms factories, rope works and thread mills.

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