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Capitalism. System of private ownership of property and industry for profit. Free enterprise. Smith.Helvetic Confessions. 1636,62. Swiss Reform church doctrines. 2nd widely adopted. https://t.co/DF2etaXNZjZia al-Huq, Mohammad. 1924-88. Pakistan president 1978-. Overthrew Bhutto. https://t.co/flFfrknxCH
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Grant, Ulysses S. 1822-85. Commander-in-Chief Union army 1864-5 in US Civil War. President 1869-77.Mugwumps. 1884. US Republican reform faction. In England, politically neutral voters. https://t.co/8RIV6X55MYScipio Africanus Major. 236-183BC. Roman general. Pushed Carthaginians from Spain. Defeated Hannibal at Zama 202.
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Dioscorides, Pedanius. 1C. Greek physician and pharmacologist. De Materia Medica used to 16C.Deism. Theory that God’s existence can be proven by reason, not just known by revelation (Theism). Rousseau. Voltaire. Jefferson.Lansbury, George. 1859-1940. British Labour MP. Women’s suffrage. Pacifist, opposed to WWI.
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Philopappus. Syrian prince. Roman consul. Monument faces on Acropolis. https://t.co/0L7hP9x9rrHoudon, Jean. 1741-1828. French portrait sculptor. Diderot 1771. Diana 1777. https://t.co/vQhqqi5Sh0Gilbert, William. 1834-1911. Librettist with Sullivan. Pirates of Penzance 1879. Mikado 1885.
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Karelia. 1710 Russian. 1917 Finland. 1923 Autonomous Karelian SSR. 1940 USSR. 1946 Russian SSR. https://t.co/jCymCflZRiKim Il-Sung. 1912-94. North Korean dictator 1948-. Korean War. https://t.co/0HiAoQVbWcTithonus. Prince endowed with immortality, but not eternal youth. Became grasshopper. https://t.co/MaSDTBgZCU
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Herschel, William. 1738-1822. German/English astronomer, discovered Uranus 1781. https://t.co/OSE90be6x2Wallace, Lewis. 1827-1905. US soldier, author. Ben Hur 1880. https://t.co/9GlNiawPH7Schein, Johann. 1586-1630. Reformation composer. Introduced Italian Baroque to German music. https://t.co/q4WikPr1oC
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Harald Blue Tooth. c910-985. First Christian Danish king c940-. Unified Denmark, conquered Norway.Neumann, Balthasar. 1687-1753. German Baroque architect. Residenz in Würzburg 1719-44. https://t.co/tK58GKdCaNDebussy, Claude. 1862-1918. French Impressionist composer. System of harmonic images. Nocturnes. La Mer 1905.
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Charles III. 1716-88. King of Spain 1759-. Enlightened despot. Lost Florida but strengthened empire.Clarence, Duke of. 1449-78. Conspired vs brother Henry IV. Executed. https://t.co/aVELq0fNrEAdmiral Graf Spee. -1939. German battleship def by British, scuttled at Montevideo. https://t.co/3tFB9nt35J
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Drebbel, Cornelis. 1572-1633. Dutch inventor. Submarine 1620. https://t.co/frCsWU4VJVLindos. c700-408BC. Major Rhodes city. Colonized Spain and Italy. https://t.co/8GPKaLSM22Sully-Prudhomme. 1839-1907. French Parnassian philosophical poet. https://t.co/l2KPtWJy3w
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Neorealism, Italian. 1920-60. Literary movement supressed by Fascists. Moving autobiographical accounts of the war years. Quasimodo.Lysimachus. 385-281BC. Alexander’s General. Macedonia satrap 323-. https://t.co/QwjTEYA5OyAnthony of Padua, St. 1195-1231. Franciscan teacher in S. France, Italy. https://t.co/df45KF1bKc
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Beaufort, Francis. 1774-1857. English hydrographer: wind scale 1805. https://t.co/FNAR0fY02KPolish Succession, War of. 1733-38. Russia, Austria defeat Poland, France, Spain; place Augustus III on throne.Altdorfer, Albrecht. c1480-1538. German founder landscape painting. https://t.co/ZekwKmhNP5
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Lisbon, Treaty. 1668. Spain recognizes Portuguese sovereignty. https://t.co/yjVd2UHUOXPublic Weal, League of. 1465. French nobles ally vs Louis XI. https://t.co/LNxGVeUoJMCabot, John. c1450-99. Genoese explorer for England. Discovered Newfoundland, Labrador, 1497. https://t.co/NB7hb6hIsa
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Old Testament. 10C BC. Hebrew portion of Bible. Apocrypha. Latin Vulgate. https://t.co/H9LftWTCeoSantos, Lucia dos. 1907-. Saw visions of Virgin Mary at Fátima. https://t.co/09vCmFIWJVNoncooperation Movement. 1920-22. Ghandi’s non-violent protest in India. Amritsar Massacre.
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Louis XV. 1710-74. French King 1715-. Incompetence led to lost prestige, French Revolution. Philippe, duc d’Orléans.Daumesnil, Gen. (Peg Leg). Defender of Vincennes, 1814. “Give me back my leg, and I’ll give you Vincennes.”Lazear, Jesse. 1866-1900. Linked mosquito with yellow fever, 1900, of which he died. Reed. Agramonte.
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CCF. 1932. Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. Canadian Socialist party. 1961 =New Democratic Party. https://t.co/cEooLYM1gKVarro, Marcus. 116-27BC. Prolific Roman scholar, satirist. 600 books. “Know thyself”.Minimalism. 1960s. US movement of simplified non-expressive art. Kelly. Stella. https://t.co/4E7eV7F5NY
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Socialist Revolutionary Party. 1901-22. Russia. Sought classless society. Suppressed by Bolsheviks.TVA. Tennessee Valley Authority. New Deal hydroelectric project. https://t.co/WSxeD56N00Giscard d’Éstaing, Valéry. 1926-. French UDF President 1974-81. https://t.co/9nAVqwddGy
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Bramah, Joseph. 1748-1814. English Invented combination lock 1784, hydraulic press, modern toilet.Fowler, John. 1817-98. English engineer: London Underground. https://t.co/zMSqid33IuHearn, Lafcadio. 1850-1904. Translator; brought Japanese culture to West. https://t.co/hEUU9Il08c
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St Albans. 1455. First battle of War of Roses. Henry VI captured by Yorks. https://t.co/hlt3o4ftg0Sikh States, Confederation of. 1764 Independent from Mogul. 1819 + Kashmir. 1834 + Peshawar. 1849 British. 1948 India.Delescluze, Charles. 1809-71. French journalist. Led 1871 Commune. https://t.co/3tXKWunYnC
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Interactionism. Descartes. False idea that the mind affects body through pineal gland. https://t.co/AHOHJZlPguOlaf II. c995-1030. 1015-28. Converted Norway. Patron Saint. First National legislation. https://t.co/TBSxfm5oYbBridgewater Canal. 1761. Brindley. First British canal. Brought coal to Manchester stimulating industrialization.
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Meir, Golda. 1898-1978. Israeli Labour Prime Minister 1969-74. https://t.co/Fq6mV69br8Scarlatti, Alessandro. 1660-1725. Italian composer of oratorios and operas. Neapolitan School. Influenced classical harmony.Sandinistas. 1962-. Nicaraguan Communist guerilla group vs Somoza. Governed 1980-89, despite US Funded Contra rebellion.
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Dunstable, John. c1380-1453. Early English polyphonic choral composer. https://t.co/ao5thK6DjSBadoglio, Pietro. 1871-1956. Italian. Conquered Ethiopia 1936. Arranged 1943 armistice. Prime Minister 1943-44.Adams, Samuel. 1722-1803. US Revolutionary: -“No taxation without representation”. https://t.co/jphtpXfm8D
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L’Hôpital, Michel de. 1505-73. French statesman, urged tolerance during the Wars of Religion.Moray, James Stuart, Earl of. c1531-70. Scottish Regent 1567-. Promoted Reformation after Mary’s abdication.Champlain, Samuel de. c1567-1635. French explorer of Canada. First Governor of New France. Founded Quebec city 1608.
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Malus, Étienne. 1775-1812. French physician. Discovered polarized light 1808. https://t.co/09YSxSbBotGothic Art. 13C-. Church sculpture, illuminated manuscripts. Less idealized than Classical. Emotions portrayed.Madison, James. 1751-1836. US President. 1809-17. “Father of US Constitution.” https://t.co/3tXCGS7EmR
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Hope Hawkins, Anthony. 1863-1933. English author. Prisoner of Zenda 1894. https://t.co/stewBfbOBoMalayan Emergency. 1948-60. Britain and allies defeat communist guerillas. https://t.co/tiLlEGjBZKIrish Home Rule. 1880-1920. Movement for Irish independence from Britain. Home rule granted 1920...Irish Free State.
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Zoroastrianism. 550BC-650. Monotheistic, dualist national religion of Persia. =Parsiism. Zoroaster.Borromeo, St. Charles. 1538-84. Milan Cardinal. First Sunday school, 1580. https://t.co/XADaUkfifPSitting Bull. c1831-90. Led Sioux at Little Bighorn. Surrendered 1881. https://t.co/ZqPFBz4xv8
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Mortimer. English royal family. Edmund’s royal marriage 14C led to 15C Yorkist claims vs Henry IV. Edward IV.Lessing, Doris. 1919-. Iran./Rhodesian/British novelist. The Children of Violence 1964. https://t.co/ChKr2tBjIWDemocritus. c460-c370BC. Greek philosopher. Atomic theory of matter. Separate mind. Man’s goal is happiness and tranquility.
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Crichton, James “The Admirable”. 1560-82. Scottish adventurer/scholar. https://t.co/7UGYvEVYIwLaFayette, Marie. 1634-93. First psychological novelist. Princess of Cleves 1678. https://t.co/GSJQcxRyyUMommsen, Theodor. 1817-1903. German historian. History of Rome 1854. https://t.co/kW00YcjqK0
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Beghards. 13C. Catholic men’s charitable communities. Condemned 1311. https://t.co/cZ4hmHoGzRJahn, Friedrich. 1778-1852. German “father of gymnastics”. Turnverein. https://t.co/lQHWjWVEj6Jerusalem, Kingdom. 1099-1291. Palestine kingdom created by leaders of First Crusade. King of Jerusalem used as title until 15C.
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Beach, Alfred. 1826-96. US inventor. Published Scientific American 1848-. https://t.co/qXmLgDDQSZBrezhnev Doctrine. 1968. Justified Czech invasion by Soviet right to defend Socialism worldwide.Milan, Edict of. 313. Constantine grants freedom of religion to Christians. https://t.co/e8rMA9chen
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Sarawak. 15C Brunei. 1841 Independent (Brooke). 1941 Japanese occupy. 1946 British Crown Colony. 1963 Malaysia.Molotov. 1890-1986. Soviet Stalinist Prime Minister 1930-41. https://t.co/c9fED7STwjAlexander. 1876-1903. Serbian King, 1889-. Scandals, authoritarianism led to assassination. https://t.co/cDiUPnS5se
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Pretoria Convention. 1881. Transvaal self-government under British suzerainty. https://t.co/T0wmGRIHxjUndset, Sigrid. 1882-1949. Norwegian novelist: Jenny 1911. Kristin Lavransdatter 1920-2. https://t.co/FO8SNWUZAGLadd, William. 1778-1841. US pacifist writer. Founder of US Peace Society 1828. https://t.co/Zb8nbZtkGQ
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Louvre. 1204 fortress. Charles V library. 1527 new palace by Lescot. 1793 converted to museum. Venus de Milo. Mona Lisa.Casement, Roger. 1864-1916. Irish. Enlisted German aid for Irish Independence during WWI. Executed.Scaevola, Gaius. Legendary hero. Saved Rome from Etruscans c509BC. https://t.co/MBvaC5JDMw
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Naseby, Battle. 1645. English Civil War. Fairfax and Cromwell defeat Royalists. https://t.co/UUiSeogzcOPont Notre-Dame. Originally the Great Bridge in Roman Paris. Rebuilt in 1413 by Normans. First numbered houses in Paris.Man, Isle of. 5C Celtic. 9C Norse. 800 Tynwald. 1266 Scotland...England. 1828 Crown possession. https://t.co/vIRXC7H2JX
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Shamil. 1798-1871. Moslem guerilla leader vs Russia in Crimean War. https://t.co/ExmHDishin
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