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“Crimea war was a fumbling war, probably unnecessary, largely futile, certainly extravagant, but rich with unintended consequences.” Elaborate.

“Crimea war was a fumbling war, probably unnecessary, largely futile, certainly extravagant, but rich with unintended consequences.” Elaborate.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Crimean War (1853–1856) was fought between the Russians and the British, French, Turkey and Sardinia-Piedmont. It reopened the Eastern Question. The war was caused by Russian demands to exercise protection over the Orthodox subjects […]

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Critically discuss different views regarding Lenin’s controversial personality among historians and his responsibility of the excesses and atrocities during the Stalin era.

Critically discuss different views regarding Lenin’s controversial personality among historians and his responsibility of the excesses and atrocities during the Stalin era.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Lenin remains a controversial figure: After his death the Politburo decided that Lenin’s body should be embalmed and put on display in a glass case in a special mausoleum, to be […]

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“Revolution occurred in France in 1848 because France was bored.” Explain this statement.

“Revolution occurred in France in 1848 because France was bored.” Explain this statement.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Louis Philippe was placed on the French throne by the July Revolution of 1830. He took the title of “King of the French” instead of King of France emphasising that he owed his position to the choice of the people, […]

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“Though reaction triumphed in some countries, the Revolutions of 1830 had far reaching consequences beneficial to the cause of the people.” Comment.

“Though reaction triumphed in some countries, the Revolutions of 1830 had far reaching consequences beneficial to the cause of the people.” Comment.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Revolutions of 1830 was rebellions against conservative kings and governments by liberals and revolutionaries in different parts of Europe in 1830–32. The revolt started in France, prompted by Charles X’s publication […]

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“The Concert of Europe as an agency for international co-operation broke up mainly on two rocks, one principle and the other of the mutual jealousy of the Powers.” Comment.

“The Concert of Europe as an agency for international co-operation broke up mainly on two rocks, one principle and the other of the mutual jealousy of the Powers.” Comment.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Concert of Europe or the Congress System, formed after the Congress of Vienna in the post-Napoleonic era, was a system of dispute resolution […]

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With reference to the ‘Fascist ideology’ discuss the rise to Totalitarian state in Europe after the First World War. OR “Extreme nationalism of the Fascist Variety has various faces in various countries, but it has everywhere certain common characteristics.” Comment.

With reference to the ‘Fascist ideology’ discuss the rise to Totalitarian state in Europe after the First World War. OR “Extreme nationalism of the Fascist Variety has various faces in various countries, but it has everywhere certain common characteristics.” Comment. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Fascist ideology was a political ideology that dominated many parts of Europe between […]

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“Berlin Conference was not “the International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs” but a peaceful formalization of the Scramble for Africa.” Critically analyse this statement.

“Berlin Conference was not “the International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs” but a peaceful formalization of the Scramble for Africa.” Critically analyse this statement.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The “Scramble for Africa” was the occupation, colonization and annexation of African territory by European powers during the period of New Imperialism, between the 1880s and the […]

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Critically examine the culture system in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) during the nineteenth century. Why was it dismantled? OR What was the culture system in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) during the 19th century? Why was it dismantled?

Critically examine the culture system in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) during the nineteenth century. Why was it dismantled? OR What was the culture system in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) during the 19th century? Why was it dismantled?  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Dutch government followed a revenue policy for East Indies starting from 1830 called […]

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“It is one of the ironies of history that Japan was the creator of communist China.” Explain this statement.  

“It is one of the ironies of history that Japan was the creator of communist China.” Explain this statement.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Japanese occupation of part of China and blatant imperialism led to the strengthening of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Mao and weakening of Nationalist Party (Kuomitang or KMT) under Chiang Kai Shek which finally […]

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“Russia’s defeat by Japan in 1905 had fatal consequences for the peace of Europe leading to the First World War.” Comment.

“Russia’s defeat by Japan in 1905 had fatal consequences for the peace of Europe leading to the First World War.” Comment.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Russo–Japanese War (1904-05) was fought between the Russian Empire and Japan over rival imperial ambitions in Manchuria and Korea. This resulted in humiliating defeat of Russia and Japan became the first […]

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