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Rwandan Genocide

In approximately 100 days between April and June of 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were slaughtered by Hutu extremists. The extremists targeted members of the Tutsi minority community who made up approximately 15% of the Rwandan population, as well as any political opponents. With the twentieth anniversary this year, this…

Magdalene Asylums

Magdalene asylums, also known as ‘Magdalene laundries’, emerged in the late 18th century to house “fallen women”. Originally this meant women who worked in prostitution, but this term gradually expanded to include women classed as sexually promiscuous, unmarried mothers, women considered too tempting to men, and women who were considered…

Origins of the Quakers

The ‘Quakers’, or the Religious Society of Friends, stretch back to the 1600s in Cumbria when local George Fox, disillusioned with the church at the time, said that he had experienced a vision from God as he climbed the idyllic Pendle Hill. This vision encouraged Fox to spread the word…

The Iranian Revolution

This article will argue that although there were many reasons for the Iranian Revolution, the main cause was fundamentally Shi’ite religion and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini in sustaining and succeeding with the revolution. There are other causes to consider when analysing the revolution. By the late 1970s, monarchies were…