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Learn about the Fall of the Berlin Wall with iMinds insightful knowledge series. The Berlin Wall stood as a boundary in the German capital for 28 years 2 months and 26 days. It symbolised the split between not only West and East Berlin but western and eastern Europe as a whole. It was an international symbol of the Cold War and represented an ideological divide between capitalism in the west and communism in the east. Then on a momentous November day in 1989 the Berlin Wall was dramatically torn down. With its fall tumbled down the idea of a divided Europe.­To those who watched events from the west the Berlin Wall symbolised the restrictions of those living under a communist government.­iMinds brings targeted knowledge to your eReading device with short information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.

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The reign of Nero is often judged to be the embodiment of the extravagance and the corruption that have, for many, come to symbolise ancient Rome. David Shotter provides a reassessment of this view in this accessible introduction to Nero, emperor of Rome from 54 to 68 AD. All the major issues are discussed including: • Nero's early life and accession to power • Nero's perception of himself • Nero's domestic and international policies • the reasons for Nero's fall from power and its aftermath. This new edition has been revised throughout to take account of recent research in the field.

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Learn the history of Fireworks with iMinds insightful knowledge series.­A Chinese book from 850 CE called Classified Essentials of the Mysterious Tao of the True Origin of Things warns the reader that if sulphur realgar and saltpetre are heated with honey they produce smoke and flames. Thus begins the history of artificially made fire. Taoism permeates every facet of Chinese society. Lao Tzu introduced Taoist thought in the sixth-­century BCE as a purely philosophical discipline. Its centrality to Chinese society led it to have an effect on all intellectual pursuits including alchemy which led to the development of gunpowder in the eighth-­century CE and subsequently fireworks as we know them today.­iMinds brings targeted knowledge to your eReading device with short information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.

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Written for undergradaute courses on postwar American foreign policy, Southeast Asian history, the Cold War, the Vietnam war, international relations, decolonization, and third world communism, this introduction uses the wealth of recent research to place the Vietnam war within the contexts of European colonization, American Cold War strategy and Vietnam's own political history

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Learn about the Barbary Pirates with iMinds insightful knowledge series.­For 350 years from the late 15th century onwards Europeans travelling by boat in the Mediterranean Sea were under constant threat of pirate attack. But these were not pirates as normally understood; rather they were Muslim warriors officially sanctioned to plunder ships from Christian countries and kill or enslave anyone they found aboard.­The ships of the Barbary corsairs as the pirates were known were usually owned by the local ruler or pasha who granted the captain of each ship license to engage in piracy against ships from non-­Muslim countries. Local merchants would also invest in corsair ships which could be a source of handsome profits. iMinds brings targeted knowledge to your eReading device with short information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.

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Learn about the history of the Irish Republican Army with iMinds insightful knowledge series.­Much like the history of its homeland the Irish Republican Army or IRA is complex and contested. Formed as a resistance movement during World War One the IRA has since undergone several splits and reinventions. There are no fewer than five groups who identify themselves as the IRA all of which can trace their beginnings to the original resistance movement. Despite their differences the various IRA groups have at least a common goal: the unification of Ireland and an end to occupation of Northern Ireland by the United Kingdom.­The IRA started out of a desire within Ireland for self-­administration at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1914 the British Parliament passed an act that sought to provide "Home Rule" for Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. But the onset of World War One delayed implementation of the act and the Home Rule outlined by the act was limited causing heated debate . . .

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