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The Russo-Japanese War (hist essay)

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The political and military strategies of the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905) demonstrate an adherence to Carl von Clausewitz’s principles of war, particularly his arguments regarding the influence of policy. Clausewitz writes that war is merely the “continuation of policy by other means”, a political instrument, wielded by the state, to fulfil its objectives. Those objectives may include the acquisition of land or resources, the expansion of its economic o...

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The Battle of Vienna (hist essay)

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (2)

By the morning of September 12, 1683, 150,000 Turks had laid siege to the city of Vienna. They had captured their outer fortifications, and were tunnelling beneath the inner walls. Deep trenches had been built to shield the Turkish lines from Viennese archers, and the invading soldiers were now assaulting the city gates with cannon fire. But there was also a separate, subterranean battle being fought. Turkish sappers were attempting to burrow beneath the city walls, and detonate explosi...

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The Maralinga Nuclear Tests (hist essay)

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (3)

Maralinga is a remote desert area of western South Australia. It is the home and hunting grounds of the Tjarutja people, who had lived in the region for thousands of years. In the 1950s, however, the Australian government granted the United Kingdom access to the area, so that their scientists could test nuclear devices and atomic weaponry. Fatefully, the name Maralinga translates into “Fields of Thunder”, which is exactly what the Tjarutja people witnessed on 27 September 19...

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The Mabo Decision (hist essay)

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (977)

In 1992, the High Court of Australia rejected the notion of terra nullius, and legally recognised the occupation of Indigenous People’s before and during the process of British colonisation. It was the first time, in the eyes of the law, that Aboriginal people had been acknowledged as the traditional custodians of the land. The ruling introduced the concept of native title, which is the recognition that “some Indigenous people have rights and interests to their land th...

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Cleopatra VII (hist essay)

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (2)

Cleopatra VII was just 39 years old when she grasped the neck of an Egyptian cobra and plunged its fangs deep into her wrist. But as the gouts of venom coursed through her veins, and she looked back on all that she had seen and done and conquered in her final moments on earth, how would she have seen herself? There is little doubt that she played a fundamental role in the history of the ancient world. Legends of her beauty and cunning have echoed across the ages, and her name ha...

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Justifications for the Vietnam War (hist essay)

Posted on June 11, 2010 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

DISCLAIMER: The following essay does not necessarily reflect the views of the author or site. It is simply an exercise in persuasive argument.


In 1954 the Geneva Peace Accords divided the nation of Vietnam into two separate states. This division was only meant to be temporary, and the country would be reunified in 1956 with nationwide elections. H...

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The Celts (hist essay)

Posted on November 1, 2009 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Although many of the classical writers believed that the Celts were barbarians, lacking in the refinements of civilization, this attitude is the product of cultural misrepresentation and considerable political bias. A more objective analysis of Celtic society suggests that they were just as civilized as the Romans and the Greeks, and in some cases, such as the equal treatment of women, more so.

A barbarian is a person belonging to a culture which has no form of w...

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West Papuan Asylum Seekers (hist essay)

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, a group of West Papuan asylum seekers were granted visa’s into the Australian. I will be discussing how this has effected the political relationship between Australia and Indonesia. I will also examine the independence of West Papua, as well as the exploitation of human rights associated with this issue. For those who are not familiar with this particular subject, I will give a brief background on the issue in question.

On January 18th

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