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    Did the Suez Crisis hasten the end of the British Empire?

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    He argues that the effect of Suez spread widely, particularly in Africa, and in the three years following the crisis Britain's pre-Suez policy of gradually introducing self-government to the indigenous population leading on to independence, 'was replaced by one of rapid scuttle.'2 Lapping continues saying that Suez was, 'an imperial cataclysm; the principle cause of the suddenness with which decolonisation broke across Africa in 1960.'3 He also argues that until 1956, despite some decolonisation in the Far East and parts of North and West Africa, the imperial powers had shown no inclination to leave their remaining African colonies.

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    The Italian policies of Frederick Barbarossa

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    way to increase his revenues so he could keep what power he had in Germany over his most influential vassals, something his imperial court pursued vigorously. The authority over the Papal States in such a feudal system meant in theory he was ruler of Rome, but ever since the Commune directed against the papacy had been established in 1143 in Rome the debate had been vociferous and complicated. This would not only create a united and strong empire, it would also question the role of regalia in the papacy.

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    How much credence should we give to Procopius' portrayal of the empress Theodora?

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    In the De Aedificiis, however, the picture is uniformly flattering. The emperor and empress shared a common piety4, he claims, and her loveliness was such that it was impossible to convey it in words or portray it by a statue5 (Even in the Anekdota, he concedes that she was attractive, though short and rather sallow in complexion6). Procopius' viewpoint differs in these three works, understandably in the De Aedificiis, which was an encomium and intended to please the emperor, but they do not actually contradict each other.

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    The development of scientific logic.

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    During the peace and prosperity of Roman rule, intellect began to blossom in previously backwater areas of Europe. The collapse of the Roman Empire, towards the end of the 5th century, brought science to a standstill. Arab invasions cut Western scholars off from the Greek stores of knowledge, and barbarian invasions threw Europe into chaos. Learning survived only in the monasteries, the symbols of the strengthening religion which would for centuries impede scientific progress. The Middle Ages (476 - 1450), often known as the Dark Ages, was a time of relative stagnation on the scientific front. The Roman Catholic Church reigned supreme in Western Europe, and their outlook focused on theology and the inferiority and imperfection of man in the face of God.

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