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  • Witch Hunt In Modern Europe - 1,687 words
    Witch Hunt In Modern Europe The Witch-Hunt in Modern Europe by Brian Levack proved to be an interesting as well as insightful look at the intriguing world of the European practice of witchcraft and witch-hunts. The book offers a solid, reasonable interpretation of the accusation, prosecution, and execution for witchcraft in Europe between 1450 and 1750. Levack focuses mainly on the circumstances from which the witch-hunts emerged, as this report will examine. The causes of witch-hunting have been sometimes in publications portrayed differently from reality. The hunts were not prisoner escapee type hunts but rather a hunt that involved the identification of individuals who were believed to be ...
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  • Book Reviews On Politics In 17th Century Europe - 351 words
    Book Reviews On Politics In 17Th Century Europe The two journals that I chose to use for my reviews were History and Theory: Studies in the Philosophy of History published at Wesleyan University, and Renaissance Forum. I will be looking at two reviews of historical Books written about two very different places and themes. The first Book entitled Marxist Historians and the Question of Class in the French Revolution by Jack Amariglio and Bruce Norton, looks at life before during and after the French revolution tries to explain the causes and Dynamics of the Revolution itself. The article evaluates the importance of "the Classes" in defining the revolution. The reviewer says that the book while ...
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  • By The Sword And The Cross, Charlemagne Became Master Of Western Europe It Was Falling Into Decay When Charlemagne Became Joi - 1,161 words
    By the sword and the cross, Charlemagne became master of Western Europe. It was falling into decay when Charlemagne became joint king of the Franks in 768. Except in the monasteries, people had all but forgotten education and the arts. Boldly Charlemagne conquered barbarians and kings alike. By restoring the roots of learning and order, he preserved many political rights and revived culture. Charlemagne's grandfather was Charles Martel, the warrior who crushed the Saracens. Charlemagne was the elder son of Bertrade and Pepin the Short, first mayor of the palace to become king of the Franks. Although schools had almost disappeared in the 8th century, historians believe that Bertrade gave youn ...
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  • Class Struggles - 2,621 words
    Class Struggles Having declared in the opening sentence of the Manifesto that all history is the history of class struggles, Marx adds immediately in a footnote "of written history". For prior to the invention of writing, societies were nomadic, organized in tribes, each tribe made of less than 100 individuals. There was hardly any division of labor, other than sexual. The tribe would designate a chief, and modern ethnology tells us the chief had very little power. His main function was to defuse any conflict among tribesmen, not as a judge, he had no power to judge, but more by using his charisma to talk people out of their quarrels. His authority would be limited to leading the hunt and, o ...
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  • Communism East Europe - 2,955 words
    ... a contributing factor to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. If a party has not got the support of a majority, then it has a weak political basis. The fact that undemocratic means were used to ensure that the communists came to, and then maintained, power shows that communism was a political failure. Throughout the history of communism in Russia, never once did the party gain a majority support or truly succeed in suppressing public demonstrations of antipathy towards communism. It can therefore be argued that a political leadership with no political basis or support could ever hope to survive. Another important factor to note is communisms utter failure in relation to society a ...
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  • Cultural Comparisons Ethnocentrism - 1,035 words
    ... ermine culture change. The Fuegians living at the southern tip of South America, as viewed by Charles Darwin on his voyage on the Beagle, lived in a very cold, harsh environment but were virtually without both clothing and dwellings. Diffusion Culture is contagious, as a prominent anthropologist once remarked, meaning that customs, beliefs, tools, techniques, folktales, ornaments, and so on may diffuse from one people or region to another. To be sure, a culture trait must offer some advantage, some utility or pleasure, to be sought and accepted by a people. (Some anthropologists have assumed that basic features of social structure, such as clan organization, may diffuse, but a sounder vi ...
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  • France And England: A Comparison Of Governments - 913 words
    France and England: A comparison of Governments France and England: A comparison of Governments In Early Modern Europe, countries were discovering and changing the ways in which they operated. While some, for a period of time stuck to their old traditional ways, others were embarking on a journey that would change the course of their country. This paper, will explore and evaluate the two different government styles of France and England one keeping with the traditional ways of their ancestors while the other attempted and succeeded in changing their system of government forever. The French government was ruled by King Louis XIV from 1643-1715 and was considered to be an Absolutist Monarchy. ...
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  • Gothic Architecture Vs Egyptian Architecture - 883 words
    Gothic Architecture Vs. Egyptian Architecture Gothic Architecture Vs. Egyptian Architecture The sediment richens the soil year after year by the Nile that floods the valley and rises twenty to thirty feet high. African villagers expect the seasonal rains; the precipitation determines the crops productivity. The valley cut by this dominating river is also where one of the greatest Neolithic civilizations grew. The originals were of mixed races but all derived from the white races. By 4000 B.C. these egger people started using copper and gold, developing a standard way of living. They made tools to their own needs and began building and started to include architectural art full of decorous cur ...
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  • Heliocentrism - 1,508 words
    ... ove to be so dangerous to the order then extant." (Adamczewski, p.137) Little did he know how true his words were. De Revolutionibus consists of six volumes: 1)General survey of Copernicus' system, and plane and spherical triangles. 2)Spherical astronomy. 3)The precession and motion of the Earth. 4)The Moon. 5)Planets in longitude. 6)Planets in latitude. (North, p.285-6) Despite Copernicus' book being six volumes it is still similar to Ptolemy's book, Almagest. (North, p.286) The Church did not take any definite stand with Copernicus' booksince it was dedicated to the Pope and thought of only as an "hypothesis" due to the false forward by Osianderuntil the Reformation and scientific disc ...
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  • Heliocentrism - 1,508 words
    ... ove to be so dangerous to the order then extant." (Adamczewski, p.137) Little did he know how true his words were. De Revolutionibus consists of six volumes: 1)General survey of Copernicus' system, and plane and spherical triangles. 2)Spherical astronomy. 3)The precession and motion of the Earth. 4)The Moon. 5)Planets in longitude. 6)Planets in latitude. (North, p.285-6) Despite Copernicus' book being six volumes it is still similar to Ptolemy's book, Almagest. (North, p.286) The Church did not take any definite stand with Copernicus' booksince it was dedicated to the Pope and thought of only as an "hypothesis" due to the false forward by Osianderuntil the Reformation and scientific disc ...
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  • Heliocentrism - 1,508 words
    ... ove to be so dangerous to the order then extant." (Adamczewski, p.137) Little did he know how true his words were. De Revolutionibus consists of six volumes: 1)General survey of Copernicus' system, and plane and spherical triangles. 2)Spherical astronomy. 3)The precession and motion of the Earth. 4)The Moon. 5)Planets in longitude. 6)Planets in latitude. (North, p.285-6) Despite Copernicus' book being six volumes it is still similar to Ptolemy's book, Almagest. (North, p.286) The Church did not take any definite stand with Copernicus' booksince it was dedicated to the Pope and thought of only as an "hypothesis" due to the false forward by Osianderuntil the Reformation and scientific disc ...
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  • Heliocentrism - 1,508 words
    ... ove to be so dangerous to the order then extant." (Adamczewski, p.137) Little did he know how true his words were. De Revolutionibus consists of six volumes: 1)General survey of Copernicus' system, and plane and spherical triangles. 2)Spherical astronomy. 3)The precession and motion of the Earth. 4)The Moon. 5)Planets in longitude. 6)Planets in latitude. (North, p.285-6) Despite Copernicus' book being six volumes it is still similar to Ptolemy's book, Almagest. (North, p.286) The Church did not take any definite stand with Copernicus' booksince it was dedicated to the Pope and thought of only as an "hypothesis" due to the false forward by Osianderuntil the Reformation and scientific disc ...
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  • Heliocentrism: The Vatican Menace - 1,513 words
    ... new ideas which were to prove to be so dangerous to the order then extant. (Adamczewski, p.137) Little did he know how true his words were. De Revolutionibus consists of six volumes: 1)General survey of Copernicus' system, and plane and spherical triangles. 2)Spherical astronomy. 3)The precession and motion of the Earth. 4)The Moon. 5)Planets in longitude. 6)Planets in latitude. (North, p.285-6) Despite Copernicus' book being six volumes it is still similar to Ptolemy's book, Almagest. (North, p.286) The Church did not take any definite stand with Copernicus' booksince it was dedicated to the Pope and thought of only as an hypothesis due to the false forward by Osianderuntil the Reforma ...
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  • History Of Popular Culture - 1,381 words
    History of popular culture 'Functions of festivals in Early Modern Europe...' University level Essay History of Popular Culture 'What were the functions of popular festivals, etc. in Early Modern Europe? And why did the authorities, civil and ecclesiastical seek to control or suppress them?' In Early Modern Europe festivals were the setting for heroes and their stories, to be celebrated by the populace. They posed a change from their everyday life. In those days people lived in remembrance of one festival and in expectance of the next. Different kinds of festivals were celebrated in different ways. There were festivals that marked an individual occasion and weren't part of the festival calen ...
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  • History Of Popular Culture - 1,307 words
    ... vent their resentments and some form of entertainment. Festivals were an escape from their struggle to earn a living. They were something to look forward to and were a celebration of the community and a display of its ability to put on a good show. It is said that the mocking of outsiders (the neighbouring village or Jews) and animals might be seen as a dramatic expression of community solidarity. Some rituals might be seen as a form of social control, in a sense that it was a means for a community to express their discontent with certain members of the community (charivari). The ritual of public punishment can be seen in this light, as it was used to deter people from committing crimes. ...
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  • Reformation And Ritual - 1,318 words
    ... as best performed intellectually rather than physically16. The rationality behind this is attributable to the Reformations promotion of the believed hypocrisy of the Catholic Church. For the Protestant Reformer, the Pope and his Church were political, hypocritical and even evil. A poem written in the fourteenth century by Raimon de Cornet, criticizing the Avignon Papacy is much indicative of this attitude. De Cornet begins: I see the pope his sacred trust betray, For while the rich his grace can gain alway, His favors from the poor are aye withholden. He strives to gather wealth as best he may, Forcing Christ's people blindly to obey, So that he may repose in garments golden and conclude ...
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  • Same Sex Unions - 1,015 words
    Same Sex Unions Book Review: Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe by John Boswell The question of same-sex unions and their legitimacy in many different societies is a topic that has been hotly debated for centuries. One society in particular is pre-modern Europe. Noted author and historian Dr. John Boswell looks extensively at the topic of same-sex unions in his book Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe. Dr. Boswell argues extensively in his book that the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches not only sanctioned unions between partners of the same sex, but actually sanctified them. This critique examines some specific aspects of the book, and analyzes them. Before an analysis of the Same Sex ...
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  • The Duomo Of Florence - 1,021 words
    The Duomo Of Florence In the Florence Cathedral, Florence, Italy, there is a cathedral church whose octagonal dome, built without the aid of scaffolding, was considered the greatest engineering feat of the early Renaissance. Dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore, Our Lady of the Flower, it is also known as the Duomo, after the Italian word for cathedral. Created by many great Early Modern artists, this piece of architecture is a perfect example the Renaissance style. We can come to a better understanding of why this is so by exploring what the characteristics of the Renaissance "style". To understand the properties of the Florence Cathedral that fit the Early Modern style, I will begin with a d ...
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  • The European Economic Community And The Euro Dollar - 1,660 words
    ... ally guaranteed because Euroland now possesses the most independent central bank in the world, the European Central Bank (ECB). Central banks steer a country's inflation rate by using a variety of monetary policy instruments to lower or raise the general level of demand. The more independent a central bank, the less likely it is to succumb to the political pressures of its government to allow an economy to grow too fast or to finance excessive public expenditures which in turn leads to lower inflation. Yet history has shown that the central banks of many Euroland countries are not immune form political influence. That is precisely why the euro may be able to maintain long-term regional s ...
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  • The First World War Had Many Causes The Historians Probably Have Not - 1,425 words
    ... sent to war. The total war started when Germans used their first gas attack: Gassing was the start of total war, because it broke all limits, the social taboos, the gentleman's etiquette of other wars. Sometimes the shot would miss the mark and kill innocent civilians. Before the introduction of gas bombing, soldiers found it easier to overlook the fact that they were fighting on opposite sides of the field, because they had no personal motivation to fight. In 1916 there 139 British and French Divisions were fighting against 117 German Divisions. Two sides were facing each other across the "no man's land" of mud, shell holes and barbed wires. Sometimes the distance between two fighting p ...
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