I believe that the most important event in recent U.S. history is the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. The events of September 11 jettisoned the United States into a war it cannot win with the brute force tactics the current administration is using to stop terrorism. The events have led to conflicts in Afghanistan and in Iraq and there will most likely be more conflicts in the future. Gas prices have gone up due to conflict sparked by the actions of our government creating an energy crisis in America, also leading to more conflict as we fight over oil and other natural resources. It has caused religious turmoil leading to more religious based conflict since the crusades, an event that seems to be repeating itself because of Mr. Bush's views on handling the global war on terrorism. Airports are a hassle to get through and cause more trouble than good. Islam has been labeled an evil religion hell-bent on destroying "the American way" when this is just a fallacy put into the minds by the propaganda spewing out of conservative media. The state of affairs in the world appear to be on a sharp decline down a dangerous slope starting on 9/11 and continue on today as more and more of the country's resources are put into global conflict. The country's deficit has nearly doubled and we have put ourselves in a position as the sole defenders of the world. According to a study done by the American Psychological Association many Americans are still feeling the mental effects of September 11. According to the study 40% of Americans say their lives were seriously affected by the attacks of September 11. Nearly 25% of all Americans say they are now more anxious and depressed due to September 11, this in an already psychologically unstable society that in my opinion will eventually be the downfall of America along with stupid people, but that is an argument for another time. America has been presented with a problem, and there are many paths we can...
...Most Significant Event in U.S. History:
The Louisiana Purchase
The United States is not the most perfect country, but it is one of the most successful countries of the modern world. Our country’s vast history contains an immense amount of significant and momentous events that have molded our country into the place we know today. As a country, we have had our fair share of triumph, crisis, and everything in between. But overall, the most importantevent in the history of the United States is the Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson’s purchasing of 828,000 square miles of land in Central America causing the country to double in size. The purchase of this enormous amount of land advanced us politically as we began to make decisions to start expanding and improving our country, our economy improved due to the gain of the Mississippi River and New Orleans trade port, and it diversified America by introducing new races to us, including the Spanish and French.
The President at the time of the Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson, had a great desire for his country’s western expansion. One of Louisiana’s most populous cities at the time, New Orleans, was a popular trading port that sat on the Mississippi River. Jefferson knew American settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains relied on river transport for trading, so he decided to try to gain its control. When Jefferson...
...Paper - I
1. Sources: Archaeological sources:Exploration, excavation, epigraphy, numismatics, monuments Literary sources: Indigenous: Primary and secondary; poetry, scientific literature, literature, literature in regional languages, religious literature. Foreign accounts: Greek, Chinese and Arab writers.
2. Pre-history and Proto-history: Geographical factors; hunting and gathering (paleolithic and mesolithic); Beginning of agriculture (neolithic and chalcolithic).
3. Indus Valley Civilization: Origin, date, extent, characteristics, decline, survival and significance, art and architecture.
4. Megalithic Cultures: Distribution of pastoral and farming cultures outside the Indus, Development of community life, Settlements, Development of agriculture, Crafts, Pottery, and Iron industry.
5. Aryans and Vedic Period: Expansions of Aryans in India. Vedic Period: Religious and philosophic literature; Transformation from Rig Vedic period to the later Vedic period; Political, social and economical life; Significance of the Vedic Age; Evolution of Monarchy and Varna system.
6. Period of Mahajanapadas: Formation of States (Mahajanapada): Republics and monarchies; Rise of urban centres; Trade routes; Economic growth; Introduction of coinage; Spread of Jainism and Buddhism; Rise of Magadha and Nandas. Iranian and Macedonian invasions and their impact.
7. Mauryan Empire: Foundation of the Mauryan Empire, Chandragupta, Kautilya and Arthashastra; Ashoka;...
...Why is the study of dance historyimportant?
To fully understand the history of dance we must look at what dance means to us today in our every day lives. How does dance influence what you do on a day to day basis, how has it shaped who you’ve come to be. I see dance today as both an art form, and something used socially to draw people together usually for celebratory purposes. Living in New York gives you the opportunity to come across various forms of dance. You could be taking the train and encounter break dancers giving you a performance, expressing themselves in order to survive. You could go to virtually any park in the city and encounter spontaneous dance shows of people showcasing their talents to the public. You also run into many informal versions of dance that still allow people a form of expression indoors, whether its at a party, a club, a theater, school, at home. All these versions of dance we encounter everyday and they shape our everyday lives. We as a society rely on dance as a form of entertainment, making a living, gathering socially, self expression, celebration, even can be used as a form of argument or protest. For some dance plays some of these larger roles and for some the latter, yet I can with confidence say dance plays a role in everyone’s lifetime, and therefore we should find importance in its study.
This is why I think the study of dance history is important. Studying...
...11). An importantevent in Chinese history
1. The May Fourth Movement (traditional Chinese: 五四運動; simplified Chinese: 五四运动; pinyin: Wǔsì Yùndòng) was an anti-imperialist, cultural, and political movement growing out of student demonstrations in Beijing on May 4, 1919, protesting the Chinese government's weak response to the Treaty of Versailles, especially the Shandong Problem. These demonstrations sparked national protests and marked the upsurge of Chinese nationalism, a shift towards political mobilization and away from cultural activities, and a move towards populist base rather than intellectual elites.
The broader use of the term "May Fourth Movement" often refers to the period during 1915-1921 more often called the New Culture Movement.
Backgrounds: Following the Xinhai Revolution in 1911, the Qing Dynasty was overthrown. This marked the end of thousands of years of powerful imperial rule, and theoretically ushered a new era in which political power rested with the people. However, the reality was that China was a fragmented nation dominated by warlords, who were more concerned with their own political powers and private armies than national interests. The Chinese Beiyang government was occupied with suppressing internal affairs, and did little to counter the influence exerted by imperialist foreign powers. The Beiyang government made various concessions to foreigners in order to gain monetary and military support against...
...INT1010 Contemporary World One
Event #1: The Korean War 1950
On June 25th 1950, communist North Korea proceeded to invade western- supported South Korea to unite Korea by force.
Significance to contemporary history:
Event #2: Malayan Independence 1957
Significance to contemporary history:
Malayan Independence reinforced the ending of colonialism in South East Asia. Also, it signified the ability and right to self-rule for previously colonized states. Following independence, Malaya’s tin and rubber export also gave a significant boost to the US dollar.
Event #3: The formation of the Berlin Wall 1961
In August 1961, a physical partition of between East and West Germany was put in place in Berlin under the command of President Khrushchev.
Significance on contemporary history:
The Berlin Wall symbolized the acceptance of the status quo in Europe by both sides. The most significant aspect of the Berlin Wall is arguably the fact that it clarified worldwide the difference between the two superpowers and their varying political system. The Berlin Wall went on to become the symbol of the ultimate measure of inadequacy of communism.
Event #4: The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962
Significance to contemporary history:
The Cuban Missile Crisis marks the first and only time the world has come close to a...
There are many important periods in Japanese history. But, if I were to narrow it down to the three most important periods, it would be the Yayoi period, the Heian period, and the Edo period... IN MY OPINION
The Yayoi period lasted from about 400 or 300 BC until 250 AD. This period followed the Jōmon period. This period is named after Yayoi town, the subsection of Bunkyō, Tōkyō, where archaeological investigations uncovered its first recognized traces. The culture of the Yayoi Era is characterized by irrigated rice cultivation and the use bronze and iron artifacts. There was considerable contact with China and Korea during this period, and it can be assumed that those technical innovations, which spread north from Kyūshū, are the results of continental influence. The Yayoi population, living in small communities, experienced social stratification, and by the Late Yayoi (ca 100-ca 300 CE) Japan was divided into a number of small political units (kuni) controlled by local chieftains.
In my opinion, the most important thing that came out of the Yayoi period was the introduction of rice. Rice is Japan's most important crop, and has been cultivated across the country for over 2000 years. It is the primary staple food of the Japanese diet and of such fundamental importance to the Japanese culture that it was once used as currency, and the word for cooked rice (gohan) has become synonymous with...
One reason why history is important it that the past has value to our society. Thousands of people throughout history have gone to great lengths to record history through newspapers, diaries, journals, saved letters, family Bibles, and oral traditions. It is believed that Aborigines of Australia actually managed to hang onto their history for 40,000 years by word of mouth.
History is the narrative of mankind. It provides answers as to how people lived as well as provide for us the roots to certain ideas concerning laws, customs, and political ideas. Have you ever wondered where the rude gesture of pointing your middle finger at people you are annoyed at came from? One origin story states it reportedly began at the Battle of Agincourt where the French demanded the surrender of the English longbow men. The French demand was very simple. The bowmen had to surrender immediately or upon capture they would have their middle fingers cut off. This finger was sacred to the men since it was the finger used in firing the longbow. The English response to the French demands was to raise their middle finger and raise their hands high in the air in unison for the French to view. This enraged the French who attacked immediately but were promptly obliterated by the plucky English. Think about their bravery the next time you are tempted to raise that...
...dramatically as a result of a series of stresses in the late 13th to the mid 15th centuries and how such events as Black Plague, the One Hundred Year's War and the collapse of Papal Power influenced the Medieval European society.
The transformation of the Medieval society was long and painful process, which lasted approximately 150 years. The development in the years 1000-1300 brought the positive changes in agriculture, finance and trade. Growing food supply, the creation of guilds, the development of urban life, commercial revolution, the new life of learning – all these changes influenced positively on the society (Beck et al. 387-392). This is the first reason why the later changes were so dramatic for the society. They were so much unexpected that the people were simply not ready for them.
The Black Plague, which is also known as the “Black Death” was probably among the most dramatic events, which constantly changed the face of the Medieval World into the new one. When the historians talk about “The Black Death,” they mean the specific outbreak of plague that took place in Europe in the mid-14th century. The Black Death came to Europe in October of 1347, spread swiftly through most of Europe by the end of 1349 and on to Scandinavia and Russia in the 1350s” (Shell, “The Black Death”). This epidemic also came back several times during the rest of the century. These events were followed by mass fear and hysteria. The main...