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Power of Protest

Power of Protest

Power of Protest

Take a journey through time with this All About History book. From the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution to the Civil Rights movements of America striving for positive change – discover how ordinary citizens changed the world forever.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
welcome to power of protest

Take a journey through time with this All About History book. From the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution to the Civil Rights movements of America striving for positive change – discover how ordinary citizens changed the world forever. Learn about the non-violent protests from Mahatma Gandhi, and how more often than not, peaceful intentions can turn violent with the likes of the Suffragettes and Nelson Mandela. We’ll also help you understand more about the LGBT fight on the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Rebellion, as well as the current issues being protested today. Discover how protests have changed laws and public opinion, and championed equal rights all around the world.…

12 min.
bad king john

Much like the equally controversial king charles I, who would throw his nation into the most devastating civil war in english history, john lackland was never meant to be king. He entered the world on christmas eve 1167, the youngest legitimate son of henry ii of england and eleanor of aquitaine. His parents held sway over one of the most intimidating power bases in the world, the angevin empire, covering half of france and all of England. Even from a young age the prince was a cynical and, at times, ruthless character. His tutors would remark on his restless energy and common fits of rage, personality traits that also often flared up in his father. However, unlike the king, these flaws were rarely kept in check, their dark presence forming into…

2 min.
the best & worst of british kings & queens

Alfred the Great 871-99 A precursor in some respects to the domestic resolve and foreign success of future kings Henry V and Edward III, Alfred not only defended his kingdom from a number of Viking invasions but also helped revolutionise England’s military structure and legal system. Henry V 1413-22 Immortalised by Shakespeare, Henry V was a rare commodity in the pantheon of Medieval rule. A fair yet direct monarch, Henry’s reign was a relatively peaceful one domestically – which allowed him to wage a military career so successful he was named heir apparent to France. Elizabeth I 1558-1603 When Elizabeth took to the throne in 1558, she inherited a realm deeply fractured by the reformation of her father and the Protestant purge of her sister. Yet, for all those pitfalls, Elizabeth helped usher in a…

1 min.
magna carta

‘The guardian of the land of an heir who is under age shall take from it only reasonable revenues, customary dues, and feudal services. He shall do this without destruction or damage to men or property.’ No one can make money from other people’s property. ‘Inquests of novel disseisin, mort d’ancestor, and darrein presentment shall be taken only in their proper county court.’ Property disputes should be settled in court. ‘No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.’ Everyone has the right to a fair trial. ‘All…

1 min.
the great rising

Various events led to the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381. The Black Death had wiped out over half of Europe’s population, which severely reduced the manpower available, and those labourers who survived were in demand and could therefore push for higher wages. The Hundred Years’ War had already created economic discontent, so when the government passed the Statute of Labourers, the situation became untenable. Rules regarding the use of serfs only added to the general feelings of disgruntlement. When Parliament introduced three new poll taxes, violence erupted across England. Led by Wat Tyler, the villagers marched into the cities, opening the gaols and executing supporters of the Royal Council. Having taken the Tower of London, King Richard II promised to abolish serfdom and excessive taxes only to renege on it when…

2 min.
boston tea party

What was it? When the British government granted the British East India Company permission to sell tea in the American colonies without paying the high taxes that the local merchants faced, those merchants rebelled. Three tea ships named Dartmouth, Eleanor and Beaver put into port at Boston Harbor, carrying the controversial tea that threatened to put merchants and smugglers alike out of business. As they did, Samuel Adams called furious locals to a public meeting and demanded that the ships turn around without unloading their cargo. Thousands of people attended the meeting in the Old South Meeting House and the ship’s captains were given a deadline by which to leave. Yet the ships stayed put, their cargo still on board. The furious stand-off ended when dozens of protestors, known as the Sons of…