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November 19, 2018

Essay

Andrew Jackson: Democratic President?

He is, in many opinions, one of the worst presidents of American history due to the sheer qualities of his presidency. A slave owner, an advocate for slavery itself, and behind the immoral and practical genocide of the Native American tribes, Andrew Jackson was a rather heavy-handed and cold-hearted President. But, we don’t recall him in general history as this. We remember him as a ‘war hero’, a man who beat his failed assassin to death with his cane. We remember a cruel bastard as “America’s Badass”.

Why did Great Britain Industrialize Before France and Germany?

The Industrial Revolution caused several European nations to expand their economies and create new job opportunities. While some European countries, such as France and Germany, eventually did catch on to aspects of the growing Industrial World, the nation of Great Britain industrialized much faster than the rest of them and stood above the rest in industrial growth. Great Britain had several reasons that helped them succeed and industrialize faster than other nations, such as the fact that their population and middle class grew substantially, their coal and iron ore deposits were large and bunched in a close proximity of each other, and that their political policies on loans made it easy for enthusiastic merchants to begin a business.

King Louis XVI – Le Décapité One

King Louis XVI, one of the most known figureheads of French History, is also one of the most unlucky leaders of his time. At first, he was popular – with the region seeing him as a young, fit new leader with divine rights. However, as the end of the Old Regime approached and the young King’s world fell apart around him, he proved to be an unfit leader and faced that fact at the guillotine in 1793. Although King Louis was a popular symbol at first, with the people being fairly happy, his overall downfall was his impact on French society overtime. While he and his wife’s own personalities didn’t help their case, with Marie Antoinette sneering “let them eat cake” when told the people had no bread, it was their popularity overtime that ended their reign.

Thailand: A Very Brief Political History

Thailand has been a country of political confusion for centuries. We’ve seen political and economic connections between the Thai political unrest and the American economic downfall. To understand where a majority of these problems in their current society roots from, we have to look back to the 23rd Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra.

Long John Silver: The Siege of Stereotyping

Ever since Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, the image of pirating and privateering overseas during the Golden Age of Piracy has been forever tarnished. Long gone are the days of fearsome men like Edward Teach (better known as Blackbeard), who would siege densely populated towns and plunder ships/ransom citizens in return for medical supplies. In today’s day and age, pirates have turned into happy-go-lucky cheery figures in a wide variety of movies, television shows, books and even songs. Long John Silver isn’t just a stereotype. To say that would be a huge understatement. Long John Silver is the stereotype that started all other stereotypes for pirates.

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