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  • Submarines In The Revolutionary And Civil Wars - 986 words
    The Trident Submarine houses twenty-four nuclear warheads with each having a range of 4,600 miles over land. If a nuclear war were to break out between the Soviet Union and the United States, virtually every major city could be destroyed in a matter of hours. The origin of these major players in modern day warfare lies in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. A Dutchman named Cornelus Van Drebbel, made the very first submarine in 1652, to fight the mighty Spanish ship called the Rotterdam Boat. It carried about twelve oarsmen and even had an air circulator. It never saw any action. In the American Revolutionary War, a manned underwater craft named the American Turtle (or the water-machine) was u ...
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  • Submarines In The Revolutionary And Civil Wars - 1,012 words
    ... ve the submarine. This was a great risk because the submarine could easily collide with the torpedo as it was surfacing. To rectify the problem, the engineers attached a twenty-two foot battling ram to the front of the ship along with the torpedo on the end. When the torpedo hit the enemy ship and detonated the Pioneer III and the men would theoretically be unharmed and would only have to suffer a slight jolt from the explosion. The Confederate navy was still desperate to break the Union blockade. They wanted to use the Pioneer III, now called the Whitney Submarine Boat, to go after one of the ironsides. It was felt that the submarine could be deadly to an ironside because the only place ...
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  • Book Review Of The Killer Angels - 559 words
    Between the days of July 1, 1863 and July 4, 1863, the Civil Wars outcome was decided. These four days have been known as the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the war. In The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara brings us a vivid image of what the battle was like. Shaaras work is very impressive. He is able to capture how things were during the Civil War. The fate of the country was resting on that war so the novel adds a great deal to the readers mind. Shaara was able to bring to the reader a little of the war. The book also gives you a feel for some of the important characters of the battle, including Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Buford, and Hancock. The most inspiring figure in the book, ...
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  • Post Civil War Racism - 605 words
    The conclusion of the Civil War in favor of the north was supposed to mean an end to slavery and equal rights for the former slaves. Although laws and amendments were passed to uphold this assumption, the United States Government fell short. The thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments were proposed and passed within five years of the Civil Wars conclusion. These amendments were to create equality throughout the United States, especially in the south where slavery had been most abundant. Making equality a realization would not be an easy task. This is because many problems were not perceived before and during the war. The reunification of the country would prove to be harder than exp ...
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  • The Fall Of The Roman Empire - 1,712 words
    The Roman Empire at its peak governed over most of the Eastern world. After the death of Julius Caesar, who had destroyed the Roman Republic, an empire was the easiest was to keep the state going (Kagan-1998-pg. 92). An empire is rule by an emperor, whose range of power is virtually unlimited (Grant-1990-pg.164). Because of the Emperors supreme power, careful selection of these persons is necessary. Changes in the Emperor selection process lead to a selection of leaders who were distracted with tasks other than the development and continuance of the Empire. These changes in the selection process and the irresponsibility in many emperors was a major factor in the decay and collapse of the Rom ...
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  • The Model Society - 1,760 words
    Chart comparing aspects of different countries Comparisons between the Model Society and other major societies and theories A Utopian society does not exist in any country in the world. The perfect system has not yet been developed. Certainly the United States and the Soviet Union have been two of the most admired systems OF the past, but they to are far from an ideal model of a just society which has been desired by many persons throughout the ages. This just society, is hard to define, nevertheless, this is what I propose. In the model society, all industry is nationalized and all citizens between the ages of twenty-one and forty-five are required to serve in an industrial army. This indus ...
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  • Uganda - 1,477 words
    The people of Uganda have had many types of governments during their long history, but until the coming of British Colonialism, there was no central government. Originally government was in the hands of the tribal groups who elected their own leaders and made their own laws, which all members of their group were expected to follow. Later some central authority was given to the kings of the various tribes, including the largest of these, the Buganda, whose ruler, the Kabaka, was considered the king and had ultimate authority over his people and their land ( Cavendish, 31). Mutesa II, whose full name was Sir Edward William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Mutesa, was the Kababa of the East Afr ...
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  • The Legue The Un The Future - 3,611 words
    During the First World War several world leaders such as President of the United States(U.S.) Woodrow Wilson and South African Prime Minster Jan Smuts, advocated the need for an international organization that preserved peace and settled disputes by arbitration. When peace negotiations began in October 1918,United States president Woodrow Wilson insisted that his Fourteen Points serve as a basis for the signing of the Armistice . The Armistice included the formation of the League of Nations (here after refereed to as the League). And as the years went by the League grew to be a formidable organization. It's goals and objectives were precise, they were to attain and maintain world peace. By 1 ...
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  • Slavery Going On Today In World - 1,126 words
    Slavery is an issue Americans wish is still apart of our past. However it is still taking place in many countries around the world. One of these many countries is Sudan. Sudan is a fairly large country located in northeast Africa. In Sudan women and children are still the result of slavery. In order to understand the current conditions of Sudan, the history is very important. In 632, the beginning of Islam brought many positive things to the country such as political unity and economic growth. However, as early as 1839 the northern Arabs began raiding the villages taking African Americans into slavery. The slaves were then sold in world slave markets as well as being domestic slaves. In 1881 ...
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  • Charlemagne - 663 words
    Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, became the undisputed ruler of Western Europe, By the sword and the cross. As Western Europe was deteriorating Charlemagne was crowned the privilege of being joint king of the Franks in 768 AD. People of Western Europe, excluding the church followers, had all but forgotten the great gifts of education and arts that they had possessed at one time. Charlemagne solidly defeated barbarians and kings in identical fashion during his reign. Using the re-establishment of education and order, Charlemagne was able to save many political rights and restore culture in Western Europe. Charlemagne was born in 742 AD, to a very famous and well-known family. Cha ...
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  • Run For The Border Comparison Of The Mexican And French Revolutions - 1,404 words
    ""It is easier to run a revolution than a government" (Ferdinand E. Marcos (1917-81), Filipino politician, president. Time (New York, 6 June 1977). ) Websters dictionary defines the word revolution as an overthrowing of government [and/or] radical change (Websters). The usual goal of a revolution is to change something that the populace does not like. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 was just that. The changes made in the Mexican government during the first half of the twentieth century bear many resemblances to changes made during the French Revolution. According to Brinton, there are four stages to every revolution. The preliminary stage was when both Mexico and France set up the problems to ...
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  • Run For The Border Comparison Of The Mexican And French Revolutions - 1,348 words
    ... rranza. This war went on for many a month with Carranza and Obrgon warring against Villa and Zapata. It was at this time that Carranza wrote a constitution that gave many rights to the government and the people. While the constitution allowed many freedoms, it had one drawback that might have been considered unacceptable to the Mexican populace: it gave the President dictatorial powers. The Mexican Constitution of 1917 embodied the ideas of all the revolutionary groups, and included the liberties and rights of citizens, as well as the democratic and federal concepts of the 1857 Constitution. It also recognized social rights such as the right of workers to strike and to organize, the righ ...
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  • Rise Of Ancient Roman Empire - 1,587 words
    Ancient Roman Empire Rome had a war god in its lineage and wolf milk in its belly, implying that its citizens had a knack for warfare, which they would prove again and again. Early in Rome's history, the city was conquered by the Etruscans, the most notable civilization in Italy before Rome's rise to power. The Etruscans, who would influence Roman civilization, had migrated to Italy from Asia Minor, probably in the 12th century BC. Their distant past is a mystery, because their language has no relationship to any other group of languages. Their Italian homeland, Etruria, consisted of a loose confederation of city-states. They were noted for their metalworking and their fine pottery. The Etru ...
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  • Greek Evolution And Its Decline - 755 words
    Among all the peoples of the ancient world, one whose culture most clearly exemplified the spirit of Western society was the Greek or Hellenic. No other people had so strong a devotion to freedom or so firm a belief in the nobility of human achievement. The Greeks glorified humanity as the most important creation in the universe and refused to submit to the dictates of priests or despots. The Greek view of the world was predominantly secular and rationalistic; it exalted the spirit of free inquiry and preferred knowledge to faith. With only a limited cultural inheritance from the past upon which to build the Greeks produced intellectual and artistic monuments that have serve ever since as st ...
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  • The Heroic Ideal - 1,948 words
    Heroic qualities have always been debatable but historians tend to agree that the qualities of a hero are a reflection of the values of the society. Augustus and Beowulf are two individuals revered as heroes during their own time. Both sustained their share of criticism but still managed to come out on top. Augustus was responsible for uniting Rome and creating a society that influenced every single society that followed. Beowulfs success was in keeping the peace for the Geats with the surrounding kingdoms. Through comparing the ideals and values of Rome in the first century and Britain in the eighth, a definite parallel can be drawn connecting these values with how the people viewed the her ...
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  • Roman Empire - 2,096 words
    ... senators and collected taxes, and twenty five quaestores, or financial officers. In 450 BC, the Plebs demanded that the laws of Rome be written down so that the praetors couldn't twist the law in their favor. They were written down on the Twelve Tables. An example of a law from the Twelve Tables was, "If plaintiff summons defendant to court, he shall go. If he does not go, plaintiff shall call witness [to this]. Then only shall he take the defendant [to court] by force." (Nardo 28-29) The Tribunes of the Plebs protected the Plebs from unjustness, and the Plebs protected them by threatening to strike. As time went on, Patrician control over Plebians gradually decreased, until in 366 BC, ...
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  • Protestant Reformation - 2,161 words
    ... ng church and state in terms of reform created an international following and gave the Reformed churches, as Protestantism was called in Switzerland, France, and Scotland, a thoroughly Calvinistic stamp, both in theology and organization. France The Reformation in France was initiated early in the 16th century by a group of mystics and humanists that gathered at Meaux near Paris under the leadership of Lefvre d'taples. Like Luther, Lefvre d'taples studied the Epistles of St. Paul and derived from them a belief in justification by individual faith alone; he also denied the doctrine of transubstantiation. In 1523, he translated the entire New Testament into French. At first his writings we ...
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  • World Civ Cheat - 1,278 words
    S.Asin phiosophies to the West. Third World countries w/ collective widespread lasting poverty in Asia , Africa, South and Cent, Amer. Low life expect. High inf. mortality. Poor health. Underdeveloped, lack of resources create this as well as colonization and exploitation by imperial powers. Trench Warfare (WWI) a new dev'd method of fighting utilizing ditches dug on the western front=deadlock and killing thousands of soldiers for virtual stalemate. 3X Entente-France, Russ, GB (WWI). 3x Alliance- Germany,Austria-Hungary, Italy (WWI) United Nations founded 1945 in final phase of WWII to maintain int'l peace and security, and promote int'l coop'n forum for denunc'n colonial expansion and negot ...
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  • World Civ Cheat - 1,349 words
    ... people in Germany to believe that war might still pay. Germany had only narrowly lost WWI, and many of its members were convinced that the nation's inability to profit from the global catastrophe had only been a fluke. The emergence of the Cold War directly reflected the realization of the unprofitability of war and its disastrous consequence. **Though the animosity between Communist Russia and the U.S.'s democratic regime was intense, both nations realized that war was uncalled for and far too risky. What lessons WWI failed to teach Western nations WWII adequately made apparent. The Cuban missile crisis was one of the most terrifying climaxes of the Cold War; but even in such an obvious ...
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  • Egypt - 2,589 words
    The civilization of ancient Egypt is significant in several ways. Together with those of Mesopotamia, India, and China, it was one of the earliest civilizations, and it is perhaps the best example of continuous cultural evolution based on internal stimuli, rather than the complex mix of internal and external factors found, for example, in Mesopotamia. Egyptian influence on other peoples was also significant. Its hieroglyphic writing system and other cultural elements were adapted by ancient kingdoms of the Sudan. Syria-Palestine was strongly affected by Egyptian religion and art. And the cults of some Egyptian gods had followers in both Greece and Rome. The two last regions and the Bible are ...
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