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Analysis of ‘Cold Sassy Tree’, by Olive Ann Burns

Author Background Olive Ann Burns was born in Georgia. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, she worked on the staff of Atlanta Journal, authoring an advice column “Ask Amy” which was very popular among readers. It was the discovery that she has cancer that spurred her to write…

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Russian Revolution

Russian Revolution is actually two revolutions which happened in Russia in 1917. The revolution took apart the Tsarist autocracy and finally led to the birth and rise of Soviet Union. The Russian Empire bowed with the resignation of Emperor Nicholas II. The old government was reinstated by an interim government…

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Algiers War

The Algiers War was between France and the Algerian National Liberation Front and it happened between the years 1954 to 1962. The war led to Algeria gaining independence from France and in history this is considered as an important decolonization war because of its complex nature. The conflicts were branded…

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Analysis of ‘Ceremony’, by Leslie Marmon Silko

Author Background Leslie Marmon Silko is America’s leading Native American writer. Though she was of a mixed White American and Native Indian ancestry, she identified herself with the Laguna heritage. She grew up in a house at the edge of the Laguna Pueblo reservation. As her parents had jobs in…

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Analysis of ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, by Louis de Bernieres

Author Background Louis de Bernieres is a British novelist who shot to fame with his fourth book namely, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. It won several awards and was later made into a film that was much talked about. While many saw it as a simple war-time romance, local people and those…

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Analysis of ‘Candide’, by Voltaire

Candide is Voltaire’s signature work. Voltaire was a French writer who even when very young scandalized and amused the French people by turns. He was in the vanguard of the Enlightenment movement; but he satirized the movement also as it was not without failings. Voltaire was frequently banished from France…

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Analysis of ‘Call It Sleep’, by Henry Roth

Author background Henry Roth was born in what is now called Ukraine but moved to the US in 1908. Much of his early life was spent in the Jewish ghettos of New York. Call it Sleep was published in 1934 when it received mixed reviews. For the next sixty years,…

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Germany – The Ruhr Crisis

After World War 1, when Germany was defeated, it had to pay compensation for the cost of the war under the Treaty of Versailles (1919). When Germany could not pay, French troops occupied the Ruhr area in Germany to extract compensation in kind.  It lasted from 1923 to 1925. Ruhr:…

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Germany – The Right Wingers (origins, rebellions)

Right-wing politics considers that some social orders are preordained, normal, or desirable, on the basis of natural law, economics or tradition. It is held that hierarchy and social inequality are results of traditional social differences. Left-wing politics supports social equality and fairness, often in opposition to social hierarchy.It involves a…

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The Stresemann years in Germany (successes and failures)

The period between 1925 and 1929 was considered golden period in Germany when compared to the years preceding it because many economic and social reforms were brought about by Gustav Stresemann. Gustav Stresemann was born on May 10th 1878 in Berlin. He was a learned scholar and a statesman par…

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The Ebert years in Germany (successes and failures)

Freidrich Ebert was born on 4th February 1871 and was a politician who rose up in the ranks to finally occupy the post of the President after World War I. Ebert was born into a large family and was very interested in studying but due to poor financial situation his…

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Immediate cause of WWI – The assassination at Sarajevo

The immediate cause to World War I was the assassination at Sarajevo on 28th June 1914 where the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated. The enmity which was brimming in many countries broke its boundaries and each of the nations took sides and it became a Wold War…

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Causes of WWII – Italy’s invasion of Abyssinia

Italy was an ambitious nation under Benito Mussolini. It could make pacts with Germany and Japan only because of the common interest and that was expansion of the Kingdom. After the First World War, the League of Nations was formed and Italy was looked upon favourably by Britain and France….

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Causes of WWII – The Rome-Berlin-Tokyo axis

The word axis refers to an imaginary line that runs through the earth on which the earth rotates. The adaptation of this word for military alliance in World War II is interesting. It was Benito Mussolini, the Prime Minister of Italy who adapted this word to indicate that the power…

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Causes of WWII – Rise of militarism in Japan

Militarism in Japan saw many ups and downs. Empire of Japan followed an ideology for militarism called “Ninon gunkoku shugi” which propagated the theory that the political and social life of the nation should be dominated by militarism. The strength of the military was considered to be the strength of…

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