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    this year, Pope Francis announced a committee was looking potentially allowing female deaconesses, which heightened the interest of female ordination. In November, a reporter asked Francis about the possibility of female priests in the coming decades. In response, Francis said, “on the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the final word is clear, it was said by St. John Paul II and this remains.” This statement prompted the reporter to ask the question, “Never ever?” Francis reiterated,…

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    I read a book called, “Animal Farm” written by George Orwell. The book is about animals on a farm who are overworked, and not treated as they should be. Then, a rebellion made up of animals with pigs as their leaders, rebel against Mr.Jones (owner of the farm) by driving him off the farm. The animals try to make the perfect life for themselves, but that doesn’t go as planned. Animal farm then, starts to fail. The farm fails because of the pigs not being fair to the other animals, and the animals…

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    Lastly, within both works, the struggle for a sense of cultural identity is also the struggle for oneself. In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera utilizes the political setting of his work to evaluate the influence of cultural identity on his characters. When Tereza and Tomas return to a Czech spa after the Russian invasion, Tereza notes that its appearance is just as it was six years ago; however, in a show of passive resistance, Czech people remove street signs to disorient their…

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    In two totalitarian societies, Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany, politics and the arts were prevalent. In both countries, a strict one-ruler government was formed in the 20th century. However, through these dictatorships, citizens in each country were able to connect to the history of dance. Dancing helped to entertain and also advanced political propaganda. While dance was famous in Russia under Lenin and Stalin, dance in Germany was not as revered as Russian ballet, especially during the time of…

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    In the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell, Orwell expresses how the utilization and abuse of power can affect a union. In the novel he expresses the Russian Revolution in the form of an allegory in which important figures are portrayed as animals. His main characters Napoleon and Mr. Jones illustrate how the misuse of power can lead to corruption and oppression, while Old Major shows that not everyone with power will abuse that responsibility. At the start of the novel, readers are introduced…

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    of the Dead is a day to offer those prayers which may cleanse the deceased of their sins so they may enter heaven. Since the Spaniards colonized in what is now Mexico, the Day of the Dead has taken a more Catholic turn. Known as All Souls and All Saints Day, the more Catholic parts of Mexico and the United States spend the day scrubbing graves and going to Mass to honor the dead, as apposed to the more Indigenous style of dances, music and celebratory food and festivities.…

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    In Russian history there were three great Tsars: Vladimir the Great, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great. Only one of these greats is a female, making Catherine’s rise to greatness even greater. Catherine was born Sophie Friederike Auguste of Anhalt-Zerbst in the Baltic port of Stettin, Pomerania on May 2, 1729 (Rounding, 7). She was the daughter of a minor Prussian (Germanic) prince, Prince Christian August of Anhalt-Zerbst (Lichman, Corey). As a child, Sophie received little affection…

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    Plan of Investigation: Before the Russian Revolution of 1917, Stalin had spent over a decade as a chief of the Bolshevik operatives. His responsibilities eventually led to him becoming a key figure in Lenin’s inner circle. During the Russian civil war, Stalin began acquiring connections with military leaders, such as generals in the Red Army. After the Bolsheviks won the civil war, they began expanding their revolution into other parts of Europe. Stalin’s actions during this revolution were…

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    Tsar Nicholas II Downfall

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    Nicholas II played a vital, negative role in contributing to his complete downfall during the early 20th century. His reluctance to become Tsar was a major factor that contributed to his own demise. The release of the October Manifesto in 1905 was one of the key events that led to the end of Tsar Nicholas’s rule over Russia. Tsar Nicholas’s poor leadership in World War 1 as well as his weak-willed personality was also issues that further contributed to the collapse of the Romanov Dynasty. These…

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    There are many reasons for the growing unpopularity of Tsarism by 1905, some more important than others. These include necessary factors, such as the Bloody Sunday Massacre. Conditional factors, such as the dictatorship and the Russo-Japanese war. And Contingent factors, which include the beliefs and attitudes of the Tsar and the declining standards of living of the peasant population. The beliefs, attitudes and personality of the Tsar himself was a major factor contributing to his…

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