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Parallels and Contradictions Between Gandhi and Locke

After our discussions regarding Gandhi’s nonviolence campaigns against the British government, I began to consider the parallels between Gandhi’s beliefs and those of John Locke. Like Locke, Gandhi believed in the people’s right to freedom in terms of their possession, … Continue reading

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Models of Russian Gulags Continue to Exist

In Melanie Kirkpatrick’s book Escape from North Korea, Kirkpatrick writes of various North Korean defectors and refugees, including those who have escaped from North Korean labor camps in Russia. In 1967, North Korea and the Soviet Union formed an agreement where … Continue reading

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“When the people fear their government,

…there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty”. -Thomas Jefferson. Upon finding this Jefferson quote, it caught my eye because it brought me back through all of the revolutions we have covered throughout the year thus … Continue reading

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Disease During the Industrial Revolution and Modern Global Warming: A Painfully Delayed Response

Upon reading about urban development and planning during the early nineteenth century and its health consequences and the government’s response, I was interestingly reminded of global warming and our government’s response. As discussed in tonight’s reading, The New Modern City, … Continue reading

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Recent Findings of Louis XVI’s Blood

I came upon this article this evening that discusses a recent finding that scientist believe is Louis XVI’s blood. The article explains that after the king’s execution, some of his blood was placed in a gourd as a “souvenir” of … Continue reading

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The Napoleon Complex

During class on Friday, my class discussed Napoleon and questioned whether or not he contradicted the ideals of the French Revolution. This discussion prompted me to consider a modern idea known as the Napoleon Complex. The Napoleon Complex, or Short … Continue reading

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My Experience at the Palace of Versailles

Over the summer, I visited France with my family and had the opportunity to visit Versailles. Built in 1664, the Palace of Versailles is an incredibly beautiful and lavish,  yet disgustingly extravagant and indulgent palace where King Louis XIV lived with … Continue reading

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Uprisings in the Middle East Mirror Colonial Revolts

After discussing the revolts of the American colonies against the British government, I found many similarities between the colonial revolts and the recent anti-American uprisings in the Middle East. After an American video antagonizing the Islamic prophet Muhammad spread throughout … Continue reading

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Modern Technology Revolution

Earlier this evening, I was having a conversation with my family about modern technology and its impact on society today. The conversation began when my parents talked about growing up without internet, e-mail, cellphones, Facebook, etc. and how life was … Continue reading

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