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Why did Henry dissolve the monasteries

During the late 1530’s a significant social, political, economic and religious event took place. This was the dissolution of all the monasteries and convents in England. This was done by first bringing them under government control and then closed down. However it is highly disputed why this was done. The first step towards the dissolution…

Why did the Conservative Party split in 1846

When Peel announced that he supported a repeal of the Corn Laws that protected the landed classes it resulted in his resignation and the split of the Conservative Party and arguably therefore Peel was the ‘founder of modern Conservatism’ (Gash). However although the issue of repeal was the main issue that delivered the final blow…

Some people have the view that British generals like Haig were incompetent leaders

The First World War was a horrific war that started on the 28 July 1914 and lasted until the 11 November 1918. The two sides who fought in the War were The Triple Entente and The Triple Alliance. France and Belgium was the meeting point of these sides. And so most of the fighting that…

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Why did the Weimar Republic survive the crisis of 1918 – 1923

Many desperately serious problems faced the new Weimar Republic and its constitution between 1918 – 1923, as explored in the previous essay. Amazingly, the Republic survived and remained intact. It survived falling due to many solutions the Treaty of Versailles, from political, economic, left wing, and right wing problems too. These different solutions kept Germany…

History Of Snowdonia

The Celts had settled across much of Britain by 500 BC and gradually divided into tribes, including the Ordivices in parts of northern Wales.One of the earliest settlements discovered in Snowdonia is Tre’r Ceiri dating from around 200 BC, where a village of 150 stone huts with turf roofs was encircled by stone walls. The…

Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster

Source d is a first hand painting of the evacuation of Dunkirk it shows the ships being bombarded with shells, bombs and torpedoes form planes, It shows hundreds of men on the beach rushing towards the boats in big swarms, proving the fact that they were very nervous and desperate to get on board and…

Was the New Deal A Success

1) People supported Roosevelt in 1932 election because he was positive, energetic and made the American people feel good. He was full of good news, or at least how good things would be if he were to be elected. He made it out to be a crusade, and not just one for him, one for…

To what extent was the United States responsible for the collapse of the Grand Alliance at the end of the Second World War

The Grand Alliance was the term given to the co-operative mutual assistance relationship between the western powers, especially the United States and Britain, and the Soviet Union, which was formed to engineer the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second World War. For the duration of the conflict, relations between these nations were fairly good:…

What extent did Augustus establish a monarchy between 31BC and 19BC

The key component of ‘monarchy’ as a political system is generally considered to be the rule, usually in this period absolute, of one person over a state for the duration of their lifetime. It also contains an inherently hereditary nature, with the holder of the office not being elected or appointed through a political process,…

In what ways did the dual Kingship of Sparta reflect (or perpetuate) other aspects of Spartan society

Sparta, as countless others scholars have noted, was a world apart from the other poleis in Ancient Greece in its customs. It was one of the few poleis to retain a Kingship, and as doubly odd to have had a Dyarchy – two Kings reigning simultaneously, one each from the Agiad and Eurypontid lines respectively….

Critical factors that made the Capetian dynasty so powerful

There are several factors to be considered when discussing the consolidation of the powers of the Capetian Kings. This essay seeks to outline and discuss three critical factors that made the Capetian dynasty so powerful. These include; marketing the image of kingship through anointing, agricultural development and the importance of succession. The first of the…

The Economic History Of Western Europe During The Period Between 1950 To 1973

The aim of this essay is to analyze whether the term ‘Golden Age’ referring to the European growth during the years from 1950 to 1973 was justified as a term to describe Western Europe’s economic history. In order to come to a complete understanding on why the years between 1950 and 1973 were characterized as…

Public rhetoric creates a society in which truth comes a poor second to propagand

Rhetoric has been defined and analysis in different ways, therefore to study the role of rhetoric in society it is important first to define the term itself. Rhetoric according to the dictionary is the ‘Art of effective or persuasive speech or writing’1. Farrell defines rhetoric as the ‘collaborative art of addressing and guiding decision and…

Saul’s Enthronement: A Popular Choice, A Prophetic Coup, Or A Personality Cult

The content of I Samuel 8-12 outline Saul the first king of Israel’s rise to power, and as B.C. Birch points out 1 Samuel especially chapters 8-12 are crucial in any attempt to understand the development of the Israelite kingship, as this is practically the only written source recording the transformation from tribal league to…

How does Hesiod’s writing on the gods differ from its supposed eastern models

Hesiod’s writings date to the end of the 8th century B. C. and as such, are probably the oldest surviving work of Greek literature. His two most famous works are the Theogony and Works and Days. The latter is a poem addressed to his brother, and concerns ethical, mythical and agricultural information. The Theogony is…

The statement that “maps are never value-free images”

Maps are never value-free images except in the narrowest sense that they are not n themselves either true or false. They are selective in their content and in their styles and signs of representation. Maps are a way of articulating the human world which is affected by particular sets of social relations. Political, social and…

Is it possible to say why Anglo-Saxon kings and queens (and their courts) were willing to accept Christianity

In 596, England’s network of small Anglo-Saxon kingdoms was universally pagan. A century later it was officially Christian. The conversion to Christianity, fronted by St. Augustine’s late sixth-century mission, was completely bloodless and apparently voluntary, in stark contrast with the forced conversion of the continental Saxons by Charlemagne. However, exactly how this conversion came about…

Why did revolutions break out so widely across Europe in 1848 and why did they fail

In 1848, through a combination of long and short term causes, revolutions broke out across Europe, namely in France, Italy and Germany. The failure of the revolutions in Italy and Germany can be contrasted against the success of the revolution in France, where the existing Orleanist monarchy’s reluctance to assert it’s dominance against insurgents led…

Book report James half brother of Jesus

James is seen to be the most practical and interesting books of the New Testament. My previous book report on Romans, Paul’s message expounded salvation by faith, where James expresses this faith in the way the Christian should live his life. To the Reformers of the Reformation, they saw this as coming dangerously close to…

The Importance of the Diary for a Study of Archbishop Laud

William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 has traditionally been seen as ‘one of the twin pillars of Stuart despotism’1, and the councillor whose influence cost Charles his crown. Though a great deal of contention has surrounded these, and other assumptions about the Archbishop in recent years, the diary, which Laud kept between the years…

How, and how effectively, did Charles I raise new sources of revenue in the 1630’s

Prior to the 1630’s, conflict with Spain had left royal finances in a desperate state. Not only did Weston succeed to two million pounds of debt1 when he became Lord Treasurer in 1628, but the vast sale of crown lands to fund this war had left the monarchy unable to live of its own, and…

Haig – Butcher of the Somme

Haig was appointed commander of the army on 10th of December 1915, and he had had a very successful military career. Haig decided to attack the Germans at the river Somme in 1916 to attract German soldiers from the town of Verdun where they were fighting the French and had almost broken through. But even…

To what extent was General Custer responsible for the defeat at the Little Bighorn

My first initial judgement of Custer is that he was very arrogant, ignorant and independent. That he only thinks of himself and his own glory and no one else’s (selfish). He will not listen to anyone but and him self and is willing to put other people before himself even and is not a good…

To what extent were the policies the Republican governments 1921-29 responsible for both the economic boom

The economic boom and bust of the 1920s would have occurred without the Republican economics policies that were introduced. The Republicans felt that it was necessary to allow the economy to ‘grow’ without state intervention unless it was urged upon by the industry. Such freedom did in fact allow for the likes of Henry Ford…

Mortimer Wheeler

* What led the archaeologist to the site? Through his work, Wheeler had acquired an interest for excavating and examining sites in Britain. He had previously excavated Roman remains in Essex, Wales and Verulamium, a Pre-Roman settlement near St. Albans in England1. Maiden Castle, in Dorset County, offered much in the way of archaeology. It…

Diocletian And Constantine

Around the year AD300, the Roman Empire was huge; it stretched from Northumberland to the Red Sea. However, the population was not evenly spread. There was a sign of decrease. There are many reasons for this: natural disasters (e. g. plague, famine). Civil wars broke out, barbarians were attacking, there was a constant need for…

Genichi Taguchi Quality

Dr Genichi Taguchi was born in Takamachi, Japan in 1924, a city famous for the kimono industry. It was only natural for him to study textile engineering as he was expected to assume responsibility of the family kimono business. But in 1942 Taguchi’s draft notice came and between 1942-1945 he served in the Astronomical Department…

Roman Theatre Costumes

Greek Dark ages from 11th – 9th century BC. Mycenaean civilisation built during these times. That collapsed and Greek civilisation started. Then more dark ages. Homers Iliad and Odyssey were born out of this time. Roman Decline of Greek government coincided with the rise of the roman republic and subsequent empire. Had emperors and senators…

Wolsey’s Foreign Policy

Henry’s aims since he came to the throne in1509 was glory, he thought he could get this through vast amount of money. Henry at the time was almost broke and therefore needed “glory” quickly, and the way Henry came up with to make money and gain glory was via war. He needed to attack France…

Tsarist Regime

In order to analyse how and why the Russian monarchy based government collapsed in 1917, it is essential to look at the factors that undermined the regime’s authority and power base. These factors, which this essay will look into, can broadly be divided into long and short-term factors. I will discuss the long-term factors firstly…

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