Emma Goldman: A Life in Reflection

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Emma Goldman was born in 1869 into a Jewish family in Kovno, Lithuania, then part of the Russian empire. She received some elementary schooling in Koenigsberg, where she learned German, a language in which she became fluent, unlike Yiddish, which she never really felt comfortable with. Her facility with the German language would make her …

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The Haitian Revolution

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The Haitian Revolution represents the most thorough case study of revolutionary change anywhere in the history of the modern world.[1] In ten years of sustained internal and international warfare, a colony populated predominantly by plantation slaves overthrew both its colonial status and its economic system and established a new political state of entirely free individuals—with …

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The Mongol Empire: Genghis Khan and his Warrior Horde Dynasty

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An empire arose in the steppes of Mongolia in the thirteenth century that forever changed the map of the world, opened intercontinental trade, spawned new nations, changed the course of leadership in two religions, and impacted history indirectly in a myriad of other ways. At its height, the Mongol Empire was the largest contiguous empire …

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History of Human Rights: The Momentum of a Movement

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Few political agendas have seen such a rapid and dramatic growth as that of “human rights.” Prior to the 1940s, the term was rarely used. There was no sustained international movement in its name. There were no non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a global reach to defend its principles. There was no international law crafted to …

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