Author Archives: Madison

US Gets Nosy

As we have discussed in class with reference to the Iranian Revolution, the US often gets involved in the political affairs of other countries in order to protect or preserve its own interests. We mentioned that one of the main … Continue reading

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Education: Making a Difference

The British instillation of progressive secondary education in India opened the eyes of some Indians (mostly high-caste Hindus) to Enlightenment ideas of equality, freedom, and other human rights. Having been exposed to these ideas through their English education, many Indians … Continue reading

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Characteristics of a Good Leader

As I read the passages from the homework on the Indian Nationalist Movement, one of the things that I noticed was that Gandhi evolved into a powerful leader. According to the assignment (pg. 17): “[b]y 1920, Gandhi was recognized as … Continue reading

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Communism: Theory Vs. Reality

As we read Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, I began to see that there were many good aspects of Communism. Marx describes Communism as a society in which “class distinctions have disappeared” (page 244 The Communist Manifesto), so people would be … Continue reading

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Reactions to Economic Unrest

World War I had a tremendous impact on the Russian economy. Prices skyrocketed due to the expenses of Russian efforts and there was a paucity of food. There was a lack of sufficient transportation, which caused much of the food … Continue reading

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War on Germs

Edwin Chadwick believed that disease limited people’s ability to survive and succeed. He observed that a sick worker does not perform as well as a healthy worker, and as a result could become unemployed and impoverished. Parents killed by disease … Continue reading

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Technology: Then and Now

As we discussed the Industrial Revolution in class, I began to see parallels between the first industrialized country, Britain, and the United States in today’s world. Both societies were and are deeply affected by the new technology they developed. In … Continue reading

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Today’s Debt: A Lesson From the Past

While reading my history textbook, I learned that the fiscal crisis in France was one of the many causes of the French Revolution. It weakened the king and undermined the French people’s support for the French government and eventually helped … Continue reading

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Ode to Jefferson

As I was working on my DBQ by the light of the candles all around my desk, which I lit due to the lack of power in my house caused by the lovely Hurricane Sandy that Mother Nature bestowed upon … Continue reading

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Get out the Vote!

As I was watching thinking about the presidential debate, I remembered our class discussion of what it means to be an American. I remembered the tenets of American life that we discussed. We Americans are allowed to speak freely and … Continue reading

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