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“To Bismarck the conclusion of the Treaty of May 20, 1882, was the culmination of his system.” Comment.

“To Bismarck the conclusion of the Treaty of May 20, 1882, was the culmination of his system.” Comment.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Bismarck had won for Germany national unity and hegemony of Europe by a policy of “blood and iron”. After achieving his goal, his aim was to maintain status quo and peace. He declared Germany as a […]

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Isolation of France constituted the keystone of Bismarck’s foreign policy. Elucidate.

Isolation of France constituted the keystone of Bismarck’s foreign policy. Elucidate. ©selfstudyhistory.com  Ans: Bismarck had won for Germany national unity and hegemony of Europe by a policy of “blood and iron”. After achieving his goal, his aim was to maintain status quo and peace. He declared Germany as a satisfied country and she should do nothing […]

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“It is one of the ironies of history that Napoleon was the creator of modern Germany.” Comment.

“It is one of the ironies of history that Napoleon was the creator of modern Germany.” Comment. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Directly by his constructive statesmanship, and indirectly by the results which opposition to his rule aroused, Napoleon contributed to the formation of united Germany and laid the foundation of German Empire. (1) Territorial reorganisation by Napoleon In […]

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“At the end of the battle of Sedan (1870)‚ Europe lost a mistress and gained a master.” Comment

At the end of the battle of Sedan (1870), “Europe lost a mistress and gained a master.” Comment. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Battle of Sedan was decisive battle in the Franco-Prussian War, where the whole French army surrendered to Prussia and French Emperor Napoleon III became a prisoner. France was totally isolated during the war due to master […]

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To what extent did Napoleon’s economic war with England become his undoing? OR “The Continental Blockade was a misconceived idea of economically defeating Great Britain.” Critically examine.

To what extent did Napoleon’s economic war with England become his undoing?  OR “The Continental Blockade was a misconceived idea of economically defeating Great Britain.” Critically examine. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Continental Blockade also called Continental System, mainly began in 1806 with Napoleon’s Berlin Decree, which banned British ships from entering European ports. Britain, full of savvy […]

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Daily Practise Questions for History Optional Mains 2017 (World History-2 August)

Q.1 “Napoleon was the child of the Revolution, but in many ways he reversed the aims and principles of the movement from which he sprang.” Comment. Q.2 “The French Revolution (1789) really achieved far less than what it intended to effect.” Comment. 3. How the American War of Independence fueled the French Revolution?  To get feedback, […]

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The unification of Italy and that of Germany constituted a contrast in respect of the ways they were affected and impact they left on later international politics. Elucidate.

The unification of Italy and that of Germany constituted a contrast in respect of the ways they were affected and impact they left on later international politics. Elucidate. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Contrast in respect of the ways the unification of Italy and Germany were affected: Contrast in geographical challenges In Italy it was much easier to set […]

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“Mazzini’s conception of Italian nationality was not exclusive and his dominant ideal was the recreation of moral unity of mankind.” Critically examine.

“Mazzini’s conception of Italian nationality was not exclusive and his dominant ideal was the recreation of moral unity of mankind.” Critically examine. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: After the collapse of the Carbonari movements and the 1830 uprisings, it was Mazzini who most insistently preached the cause of Italian unity. His revolutionary society, ‘Young Italy’, founded in 1831, was […]

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“They have stopped me from making Italy by diplomacy from the North; I will make it by revolution from the South.” Comment.

“They have stopped me from making Italy by diplomacy from the North; I will make it by revolution from the South.” Comment. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Cavour was the Italian prime minister of Sardinia and was called the mind of Italian Unification. He was a great diplomat who used his skills in the international cooperation, diplomacy and warfare […]

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How did Japan develop between 1868 and 1894 ? Did the ‘Restoration of Meiji’ mark a sharp break with the past? OR The years 1853-1894 witnessed the transformation of Japan. Explain.

How did Japan develop between 1868 and 1894? Did the ‘Restoration of Meiji’ mark a sharp break with the past?  OR The years 1853-1894 witnessed the transformation of Japan. Explain. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Japan was a feudal state which was in seclusion with Emperor just as a figurehead and real power lying with Shogun, who was originally […]

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