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    Beginning in his hometown of Tudela, Benjamin set out to record as many jewish settlements as he could find and hear about. He left Tudela between 1159 and 1163 and returned in 1172/1173. During this time he visited many places listing them all in his travel diary known today as The Itinerary on Benjamin of Tudela. What is left of his itinerary today is nothing more than the town name, the distance to the town, the prominent Rabbis and scholars of the town, and the occasional description of his journey. When traveling through a large town such as Rome or Constantinople he might describe the town and its people in more detail, but this is a rare occurrence. These were pivotal times for all three of the abrahamic religions. It seems as if Benjamin could see the emerging power struggle between cross and crescent and that Judaism was going to be caught in the middle of this struggle. His journey then becomes a proactive attempt to show that judaism was just as widespread as christianity and Islam. When setting out to travel the know world he left home deliberately with the goal of identifying as many Jewish settlements as possible. His cataloging of as many jewish settlements and their leaders as he could was an act of necessity to show that though Judaism was not a religious superpower he was not going to…

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    region. Each civilization was brought together in some way, whether it was their beliefs or keeping balance in society. In a way trade ties together the different societies that developed independently in their political, social, and cultural ideas. Trading was very useful for everyone, for it is the main reason cities prospered. Travelers who were interested in trade revealed how extensive trade networks were. Trading in the Middle East had resulted in new religion and the introduction to new…

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    Enlightenment was impeccable because it triggered that shift in mind and that desire to obtain freedom; to build a righteous nation without the oppression of the British Empire. It not only defined the American Revolution, but it defined hundreds of years of political affairs and decisions because nowadays American presidents still take their decisions based on the dogmatic and philosophical ideals of the Enlightenment. We are still able to see the effects of the Enlightenment and the colossal…

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    George Washington was a strong fighter with good battle strategies. He specifically helped the Patriots win the American Revolution by assisting in the defeat the British at the Battle of Yorktown with the help the French army, and by simply being the commander of the Patriot Continental Army. Without George Washington as commander, the Continental Army would not have been successful in defeating the British. Benjamin Franklin proposed many great ideas about separating from England during the…

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    Benjamin Franklin believed that every person can become more wealthy, healthy, and wise through hard work and self discipline. I believe in his belief because it doesn’t matter how difficult or easy it is to accomplish a goal; at the end of the day, what counts is the satisfaction of the work and experience a person puts into it. Franklin didn’t favor luck or opportunities, but instead became successful through hard work. Franklin was many things such as an author, inventor, scientist, and a…

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    Doug. Common Sense Powerpoint. Woodbury. 16. Print. “Small islands, not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island” (Thomas Paine). Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. Charlottesville, Va.: U of Virginia Library, 1993. Print. “WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR WAS A FRENCHMEN LANDING WITH AN ARMED FORCE AND ESTABLISHING HIMSELF KING OF ENGLAND AGAINST THE CONSENT OF…

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    Thomas Jefferson had one of the most difficult tasks: complete a treasonous act and send it to King George. This was easily a death wish. Jefferson was chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. He began the Declaration by justifying the treasonous act; following this, he shared a list of grievances; next, he went on to explain all the wrongdoings of the throne. Jefferson followed this process to offend the king as…

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    In the first chapter of Professor Chang’s book Fateful Ties, Professor Chang mentions that even if most American politicians supported Chinese government’s decision of trying to block the intrusive opium trade, the Americans still joined the opium trade in order to gain interests for America itself. In addition, even though historians present America’s awe of China as preoccupation, what American officials really value are wealth, opportunities and the idea of following Manifest Destiny.…

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    With regards to the American Revolution there is a myth associated with it that is generally accepted by everyone. This is the myth that when America revolted against the British army they had no choice as Britain was cruel to them, as well that every American wanted to revolt. However, historians have thought that these are in fact myths, started by Americans as an act of patriotism. Like every great event in history, the American Revolution was built upon the events and ideas leading up to…

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    Over the course of our country’s history there have been several characters that revolutionized modern day America. These characters are now only publicized in museums with little to no intellect on how important they are to our country. Although their history is taught in schools and history lectures about their success, one can think, what made these founders so special? The personality of these founders aided in their decisions on what was important to make America better. In the intensely…

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