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The Lost Colony of Roanoke: 7 Theories on What Happened

On May 8th, 1587 Englishman John White, along with some 115 others (including his wife, his pregnant daughter Eleanor Dare, and his son-in-law Ananias Dare), left England for the Americas. The party arrived on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina, just a few months later. It is here that the Roanoke colony was established in July 1587, with John as their governor. The group was short on supplies and…

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Italian Jews Who Survived the Shoah: A Critical Analysis Using Elements of Thought

Italian Jews Who Survived the Shoah: A Critical Analysis Using Elements of Thought

Paul and Elder (2019) define eight elements of thoughts used in critical thinking: purpose, question at issue, information, interpretation and inference, concepts, assumptions, implications and consequences, and point of view. As these components are embedded in all reasoning, they are utilized here in deconstructing Picciotto’s 2016 “Italian Jews who survived the Shoah: Jewish self-help and Italian rescuers, 1943-1945.” This analysis begins with the matter of purpose – what was Picciotto trying to…

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Events That Led to World War II

Events that Led to World War II

What events occurred in Europe in 1938-1939 that led to World War II? Following the circumstances of the Great War, several events occurred throughout Europe that precipitated the Second World War. The rise of fascism in Italy resulted as a response to the Versailles Treaty of 1919. Benito Mussolini created the Fasci Italiana di Combattimento (Italian Combat Squadron), which called for two things: 1) a totalitarian form of government 2) a heightened…

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Consumerism, the European Union, & Euro-Terrorism

Consumerism, the European Union, & Euro-Terrorism

Consumerism is about luxury and wants rather than needs. It exists “when the majority of the population either possesses or aspires to own a range of goods and services that far exceeds the level required to meet basic subsistence.” [1] While the ideology began in several countries across the global as early as the seventeenth century, it boomed in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was this American…

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On the Causes of the March Russian Revolution of 1917

On the Causes of the March Russian Revolution of 1917

The twentieth century was one filled with significant change within the European continent, including the Russian Revolution of 1917, which consisted of two pivotal rebellions in March and November of that year. [1] While the latter November Revolution led to the rise of a group of communists known as the Bolsheviks to power, it was the initial March Revolution that ended centuries of imperial rule in Russia. Though several distinct causes precipitated…

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The Depression & the Rise of Extremist Groups (i.e. Fascists and Nazis)

The Depression & the Rise of Extremist Groups

The crash of the United States stock market on October 29, 1929 triggered a global depression in which extremist groups such as fascists and Nazis were allowed to thrive. Between the years of 1929 and 1933 prices would fall, output shrank, and unemployment soared as the world economy collapsed. The U.S. market lost two-thirds of its value, the British market one-fifth, and the German an astounding one-half. Unemployment in the U.S. had…

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