World history essay

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This triggered the beginning of the Naval Race, both powers raced to outdo each other with the amount of naval arms they had. Britain introduced the all-big-gun dreadnought class of battleships and revolutionised the entire race. In the end the victors were Britain but Germany had posed a serious threat. Other powers spent large sums on battleships as each sought to match their local neighbour. It was seen as a very serious and possible threat from Germany of War. It triggered a sudden rapid build up of armed forces across Europe, the ‘arms race'.
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This unhappiness was the catalyst to the participation of the exploited peasants in the 1857 Indian Mutiny. During the mutiny, the peasants saw it as a period where the British were weak and a chance to vent their anger. Furthermore, the peasants had no education, thus they did not have profound ideas like ‘nationalism’ to respond to the British’s policies. The only way that they know how to react was through violence. Some writers may argue that it was both the British and landlord’s fault, which caused peasant unrest, but it was the British who enacted such policies, which made it favorable to exploit the poor peasants.
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Secondly, the popular uprisings in the 19 th century were countrywide and long lasting. Rebellions were everywhere in China in the mid-19 th century. Muslim rebellions were in Yunnan and the Northwest of China. The Taipings were in the Eastern part of China like Nanking and Kiangsi. The blockade of the Nian was around Zhihe. There were also some minor rebellions in Nanning, Guizhou, Canton, Amoy and Shanghai. On the other hand, the Taiping, the Nian and the Muslim rebellions were long lasting...
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