Seize the Fort: The Storming of the Bastille

Seize the Fort: The Storming of the Bastille 1

Perhaps no incident is more famous in French history than that of the Storming of the Bastille. It marked the beginning of a tumultuous time for France, a time where the very notion of the Divine Monarchy was overthrown and the bloody French Revolution would begin. In the late 1700s, the political state of France …

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Systemic: The Story of Apartheid

Systemic: The Story of Apartheid 2

The word Apartheid comes from the Afrikaans word for “apartness.” There was a very bleak period in South Africa starting in 1948 when the government began to overwhelmingly develop new policies that would create significantly high levels of racial discrimination against black men and white women. This period of time come to be known as …

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How the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party Lost Its Way

How the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party Lost Its Way 3

At the time I addressed the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History last September and told how the Hawke Government’s Wages Accord had resulted in a reduction in the real wage of low and middle wage earners, while the real salaries of the more highly paid, had skyrocketed …

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Accidental Freedom: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Accidental Freedom: The Fall of the Berlin Wall 4

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Those words were uttered by Ronald Reagan in 1987, pleading for the destruction of the Berlin Wall. The wall, although merely 12 feet tall in height, was symbolic of the serious ideological divide between East Germany and West Germany. On the Eastern side, there was Soviet occupation and the …

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The Brief: A Short Story on English Legal Codification

The Brief: A Short Story on English Legal Codification 5

The processes of law can be almost like figuring out a new language with little but a book written completely in a dialect you don’t understand, or charting a course to a new fantastic place with no road map; it’s rife with hiccups, missteps, retractions, and maybe just a few little moments of pure, unadulterated …

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