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History Term Paper

History Term Paper



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Published by Molly Warren
bullshit term paper. i wrote it in like 30 minutes.
bullshit term paper. i wrote it in like 30 minutes.

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Published by: Molly Warren on May 31, 2007
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History Term Paper Molly WarrenWorld History GMay 6, 2007“Any fool can make history, but it takes a genius to write it” – Oscar WildeOver the past 300 years, humans have taken major technological steps, advancingus to the high-tech community seen today. Simple mechanizations such as seed drillsduring the Agricultural Revolution paved the way for the machine guns used in WorldWar I that killed thousands upon thousands of soldiers who were only pawns in anintergovernmental struggle. Warfare soon became a major part of economy because of thesupplies needed to support a military in battle. War would be nothing it is today withoutthe scientific discoveries of the past 300 years. Economic and technological advances paved the way for nuclear war.At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, agricultural methods were becoming more and more efficient. The Enclosure Movement allowed smaller landholdings to be made into more efficient holdings. New technology was being usedfor agriculture, such as crop rotation, Jethro Tull’s seed drill, and the use of bronze andiron to replace wood. These new concepts called for fewer laborers, so there was amassive migration to the cities where jobs were opening up left and right due to the riseof industry. Mechanization brought jobs that required little skill and were very dangerous.Steam engines took the place of manual labor, and the number of skilled jobs decreaseddramatically. Men of trade could no longer find work to support their families, and now itwas up to the women and children to brave the dangers of factory work. During thiseconomic revolution, the middle class emerged and flourished. These people wereclassified as having large homes, possessing an education, and having a higher social
status that most others. All this mass industrialization caused a serious unevendistribution of wealth.Karl Marx came up with his own belief on how to correct this uneven distributionof wealth—socialism. Marx believed that the government for the benefit of the citizensshould control all means of production. Marx also said:“Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsionfrom society.”He felt that capitalists were cruel; he wanted to work for the rights of the people.He said:“Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.”He said this because it was true. Without the workers, the economy wouldcollapse. Marx knew that if the workers banded together, they could manipulate the upper class however they saw fit. However, having the proletariats band together for their common good was far from likely.The next political theory to evolve was the theory of liberalism. It supported thegovernment protection of individual rights and civil liberties, and gave suffrage. Reformsof the early 1900’s included the House of Lords losing their power of veto, the House of Commons receiving salaries, and suffragettes petitioning for women’s right to vote led byEmmeline Pankhurst. Canada received its own government, Australia was made into a penal colony, and New Zealand became self-governed. In all three of these lands thenative people were mistreated and stolen from.The next infant country to mistreat natives was the United States. Territorialexpansion pushed Native Americans further and further away. Americans also imported
their labor—slavery. Many, especially in the South, did not consider slavery immoral.When Abraham Lincoln was elected President, the first order of business on his agendawas to abolish slavery. This action led to a domino effect; first, North Carolina, followed by many, seceded from the Union. After that, the Civil War broke out. This quicklyescalated into total war; Yankee soldiers came to be known to destroy everything in their  paths. Some even used to uproot train tracks and wrap them around trees in order to prevent any importing, exporting, or transportation in or out of town. The war was endedsoon after, not because of, the Emancipation Proclamation delivered by President Lincolnin Gettysburg. This proclamation freed the slaves, providing a solid solution to anargument that had been going on for decades; however the proclamation was not a totalsuccess.Throughout the American Civil War, Imperialism was raging. Countries felt thatthe addition of several colonies would add to their worldly status as a great and powerfulnation. Countries would take control of lesser countries through their government, trade,or culture. Imperialists appeared to be assisting the natives, however, all they wanted wasthe natural resources they needed to progress their economy. Soon, several disagreementsover colonies surfaced. Military sprawled across the world often presented an offensiveedge. Also, hatred grew between colonized people. The motives for imperialism werecultural, political, and economic. Political motives were for collection of power and toshow off your large military. These two motives are very subliminally offensive andintimidating to other countries.The consequences of imperialism quickly reared their ugly head as the French andBritish conflicted with natives over parts of Africa. The Europeans wanted parts of North

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