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    As I entered the University of Southern Florida and enrolled in my first college classes, I had no idea what “Academic Foundations” meant. I thought that it was going to be a class about how to write papers, take tests, and use a computer. So naturally, I wasn’t too thrilled. The term “academic” doesn’t normally scream fun. I originally thought that I was going to learn a bunch of stuff that I already knew and didn’t need help with. However, I am happy to say that I couldn’t have been more wrong. Academic Foundations actually turned out to be an extremely helpful and interesting class. In fact, I would probably recommend the class to all USF freshmen. Academic Foundations, for me, was a class that required effort without taking away substantial time from my other classes. I think that the effort required…

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    Back in the 19th century, Russia was, to put it quite lightly, a disaster. While Czar Alexander II did attempt to make progress, those who were not wealthy or of high prestige suffered greatly. This is partially due to the overpopulation in the cities. Upon the release of the serfs, many flooded into cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg for a new start. Due to the influx of unpredicted people, the cities were ill adjusted. It was a horrific environment that created many problems. Similarly, in…

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    She also is responsible for the influx of European culture during her reign. All these achievements in these areas are what aided her in receiving the tittle the “Great”. In fact one of Catherine's greatest achievement in the medical domain is her introduction of the small pox vaccine to Russia. On August 28, 1768, Dr. Dimsdale, the author of The Present Method of Inoculating for the Small Pox, and his son arrived in St. Petersburg. When he was received by Catherine, he was impressed with her…

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    Each of the characters has their own setting and has different background stories. The main protagonist in this book is Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov. His loft was under the roof of a high, five storied house. He thought of his room more like a cupboard rather than a room. His landlady, who provided him with his room, food, and attendance, lived below him. In order for him to leave his room he had to pass the landlady’s kitchen and he always had a sick and frightening feeling of this. He was…

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    When considering what the main reason that the 1905 Revolution failed was, we must understand that there were many reasons that ultimately contributed to its failure. The armed forces remained loyal to the Tsar, ensuring that the rebels did not get out of hand. The revolutionaries had differing political opinions which meant that it was impossible for them to be united, making them easy targets to be wiped out. The October Manifesto seemed to be the solution that many of the revolutionaries were…

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    Animal Farm was written in 1946 by George Orwell. The lead characters are pigs: Old Major, Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer, and horse Boxer. Animal Farm is written in the genres of satire, fiction, black comedy, fable, political fable, and political satire. Analysis: Animal Farm begins when Old Major, a big boar, gathers the animals of Manor Farm for a meeting. He tells them of his hopes and dreams for a future where all animals may live a life free from human oppression. He urges the…

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    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 Hitler’s rule. Although these two countries may not seem to own the same style of dance, both countries were able to benefit from dance politically. Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany demonstrate how dance was utilized in totalitarian societies, for political reasons and for the public’s enjoyment. In Soviet Russia, beginning in the…

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    Falling wages, coupled with the rising cost of living amongst poor working standards and unsanitary living arrangements led to Father Georgei Gapon, ‘a renegade priest with police connections,’ presenting a petition outlining the grievances of the people of St. Petersburg. The affected workers and their families would march peacefully to the Winter Palace on the 22nd January 1905, begging for political, economic and social reform. They did not ask for much, only for their human rights to be…

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    Power can have the persuasive action in undoing the moral ethics of one’s character. This can be seen throughout history with the Russian Revolution and can also be proven by the actions of Napoleon in, Animal Farm, by George Orwell. As John Dalberg said “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” A leader does not begin wanting to do wrong, they start with the best intentions, but power is a tricky thing. As someone gains more and more power, they increasingly become…

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    In 1917, two revolutions happened that would change the future of Russia forever. In March, the strikes, and rebellion has caused the abdication of the Tsar Nicholas II, and the Provisional Government coming to power, and in October, the Bolsheviks had gained power to overtake the Provisional Government, and be the sole rulers of Russia. 1. March Revolution From 1894 to 1917, Russia was ruled by Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. During time of innovation, Russia was still clinging…

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