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History (General)

In Alan Bennett's play, The History Boys, one of the students refers to the line, attributed to Arnold Toynbee, that history is "just one damn thing after another." This idea encapsulates the worst...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020 11:06 am UTC

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As other Educators have already noted, the negative effects of war include the loss of millions upon millions of lives. In World War Two, around 60 million people were killed. Conversely, a...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2020 3:03 pm UTC

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This is an excellent question, as any source you use will have strengths and limitations. Primary sources, which are generally understood to be eyewitness accounts of an event or the original...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 6:38 pm UTC

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A century is any 100 year period, however the accepted calendar century of today was instituted in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. Known as the Gregorian calendar, his confirmation of 'Anno Domini'...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2009 12:54 pm UTC

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The quote “Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it” is attributed to the American philosopher George Santayana and it can be accurately quoted as “Those who cannot remember the past are...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2015 11:09 am UTC

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Dates are important, as they note when certain events happened. This is very important because history is recorded chronologically. It helps to know that one event happened before another event so...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2018 6:05 pm UTC

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Check out Napoleon's reign. He even had to return some Egyptian artifacts that he had stolen.

Latest answer posted July 5, 2012 7:44 pm UTC

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Throughout history, empires have come into being and then come to pass. They grow by acquiring or conquering neighboring territories, and once large enough, can stabilize the politics of a region...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2009 10:44 am UTC

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Historians ask many questions when trying to understand the past. One set of questions deal with the who, what, and where surrounding an event. These are the basic questions dealing with who was...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2017 3:34 pm UTC

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Cultural artifacts are of critical import to the study of humans and civilizations over the course of history. Artifacts are the concrete items cultures leave behind, such as Native American...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2017 6:13 pm UTC

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History is reconstructed by the use of “documents,” “artifacts,” and “chronicles” (which category includes official accounts of events, memoirs, and personal correspondence.) They use these...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2012 5:40 pm UTC

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There can be some negative effects of following a policy of imperialism. When an imperialist power conquers or controls a country, there may be problems if that country doesn’t want to be...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2015 8:58 pm UTC

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That is an interesting question. Written laws are important for several reasons. Written laws provide a shared reference. Once a law is written down, there is an objective record of what the law...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016 2:39 am UTC

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I adhere to the old saying that "he who refuses to learn from the past is doomed to repeat it." Recognizing mistakes--or, for that matter, learning from positive examples of historical...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2013 6:38 pm UTC

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In terms of history repeating itself, there are two examples that come to mind. During World War II, the Nazi regime in Germany systematically attempted to annihilate not only the Jewish...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016 9:39 pm UTC

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There are many factors that lead to countries going to war. Some of these factors include imperialism, nationalism, and militarism. Imperialism is the desire for land. There are many reasons why...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017 11:42 am UTC

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During the twentieth century people communicated much the same way as they do today. There are advancements in the technology but we used mobile phones, land-line phones, e-mail, snail-mail and...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2009 3:13 am UTC

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The characteristics of an empire (specifically a modern one) include a centralized government, a strong military, a dominant position in the global political theatre, and imperialist control over...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 11:03 pm UTC

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There are very close ties between economics and history. Economic policies help to determine which groups stay in power and which ones fall out of favor. In 1932, Herbert Hoover's failed economic...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2017 6:57 pm UTC

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Geography has an incredible influence on how we live. The buildings we build, the food we grow, the clothing we wear, and the kinds of work we do are just a few ways in which geography matters. A...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2016 10:02 pm UTC

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Even if we live in a society in which everyone is of the same religion, it is a small world, and it is inevitable that we will encounter people of other religions. To function in the world today,...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 3:18 am UTC

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Let's talk about terminology for a moment before we discuss what it is you need for your essay. In an essay with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion, the sentence that sets up the...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2012 4:19 am UTC

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Archaeology is the evidence of history. Of course we know that history exists, but archaeological evidence is what gives that history its shape and color. It is of most importance for learning...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2014 1:03 pm UTC

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I would go back to Elizabethan England and go to the Globe Theatre to see each of Shakespeare's opening nights! I can only imagine how interesting it would be to see the plays as Shakespeare...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2011 12:24 pm UTC

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Militarism is the idea that a state, government, or people believe in keeping a strong military and in actively using it to maintain rights, property, or to expand their nation. A major cause of...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2018 12:54 am UTC

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If a place is of "strategic importance", it usually means it is vital to the military and economic wellness of a country. These places become targets during times of warfare. In times of peace,...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2015 3:49 pm UTC

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In simple words, the women of the 20th and 21st century have had the brilliant opportunity to expand their philosophical, psychological, physical, and professional potential by obtaining their...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2011 6:53 am UTC

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The war veterans in my life (father, uncles, grandfather) have always said that a just war is when we defend ourselves, but don't start it. Everyone has the right to defend themselves if attacked....

Latest answer posted October 9, 2012 8:58 pm UTC

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The word prehistoric refers to a time before a culture has written records. The word itself, therefore, points to the chief challenge in studying and understanding prehistoric cultures: they lack,...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2018 12:54 pm UTC

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Just as speaking takes a culture to a new level, writing brings a culture to an entirely new level. Writing gives a culture a sense of permanence. It also has constant practical applications that...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011 8:52 am UTC

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A nation is a large group of people who share the same ethnicity, culture, language, beliefs, history, or passions (as with "nations" of sports-teams fans). A nation might be a country, like China,...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2018 6:22 am UTC

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John Steinbeck and Charles Dickens. Both wrote about society in order to expose injustices and humanize the faceless masses. Dickens still reaches a wide audience today with his message that each...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 10:00 am UTC

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The use of nonviolent protest is an example of how deviant behavior may bring about social change. This is especially true in the Civil Rights movement. When Rosa Parks got arrested, the...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2016 6:17 pm UTC

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Giuseppe Mazzini was a nineteenth-century Italian revolutionary, propagandist, and leading figure of the Risorgimento, a political movement whose goal was the unification of the nation's disparate...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019 12:43 am UTC

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Perhaps the most significant difference between urban life and country life is that existence in the city depends almost entirely upon money. Food is grown in the country but it has to be...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2015 12:51 am UTC

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Early modern globalization, which began in the late fifteenth century, had numerous lasting effects. The people in many geopolitical entities that promoted globalization were primarily European and...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2021 7:18 pm UTC

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I often tell my students the best way to understand history is to understand Newton's second law: For every action, there is an equal opposite reaction. Precious few events in history have occurred...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011 10:50 pm UTC

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War shapes society. Different wars make it possible for social action to take place. For example, after the Civil War, slavery no longer existed. The Vietnam War made people question US...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011 1:54 am UTC

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There are so many historically significant people. I suggest you choose one with which you identify. Someone you respect will make this task more meaningful. For example, a particular athlete or...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2011 5:26 am UTC

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I feel that historical fiction is a great supplemental resource when teaching history. I would have the students compare and contrast details from the fiction pieces with nonfiction resources and...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2010 1:32 pm UTC

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You will gain a variety of answers to this question. Some will argue that it is futile because of the massive loss of life and displacement that results from it. Even in the most compelling of...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010 7:06 pm UTC

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The Chinese Treasure fleet, commanded by Zheng He, was sent to carry the message of the grandeur of China, and offer tributary status to those states it visited. The Chinese did not seek trade or...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2010 4:22 am UTC

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I think that there are value judgements associated with the term civilzation, at least historically. It implies that there are some civil people and some uncivil ones. Civil is also a value...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011 12:04 pm UTC

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In the early 1930s, Adolf Hitler promised "change." The Germans did, indeed, get change. In the 2008 Democratic Campaign was based upon the word change. What might have happened if people had...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2012 4:00 pm UTC

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Technology plays an enormous role in history, by allowing historians to analyze data that used to be inaccessible. In the 1920s and 30s scientists tended to unwrap mummies to find out what the...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 3:13 pm UTC

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The fourteenth century was known as the age of adversity for several reasons. One factor was the continued growth of the population, which reached about 100 million people in Europe by the end of...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018 6:04 pm UTC

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I think you need to study your own country, but be aware of others as well. We tend to view things in America by our own slant, in our own best interest. Everything does not revolve around us....

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011 12:45 am UTC

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Generally speaking, rulers throughout history have used religion to add a touch of spiritual legitimacy to their rule. Think of it this way, if it's widely believed that a king or queen has been...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 9:59 am UTC

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The Paleolithic Era is significant because people established the process of hunting-gathering, which has supported humans for the majority of their existence on earth. Their means of survival was...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 12:10 am UTC

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It both helps to develop thinking skills and gives meaningful material/knowledge with which to think. I like posts 1 and 4 above.

Latest answer posted January 25, 2012 11:15 pm UTC

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