Joesph Stalin
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Joseph Stalin was a vicious Russian Dictator that is dubbed one of the most powerful and dangerous dictators the world has ever seen. He was never voted into power or was never even supposed to be the next in line to take power after Lenin's death. Stalin toke a different route to leadership. After Lenin's death, the spot was open for the taking and many people were ready to take it. Stalin was able to outmaneuver his opponents and effectively toke leadership towards the end of the 1920's. His forced collectivization of agriculture killed millions of people, while his programme of rapid industrialisation achieved huge increases in Soviet productivity and economic growth. All of this lead to forced slave labour camps, and ultimitly lead to him being unpropered for Hitlers attack on Russia in 1941. Stalin was able to survive and recover from Hitlers attack until his death in 1953. His time of leadership during the 1920's and 1930's was so brutal and deadly that is refered to as the Great Terror. Stalin did not achive greatness and hurt the people of his country in his reign of terror.
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Prince Henry the Navigator
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Prince Henry the Navigator was a Portegese explorer, however he never went on any of the voyages that he sponsored. He did make a school of exploring, where they learned how to make better ships, control they voyages, and sail with better skill. Although he was interested in all kinds of exploring, he was most interseted in finding a route to the spice islands and exploring the west coast of the Africa. Prince Henry pursued his wanting for exploring the west coast of Africa, and helped Portugal jump to the top of the exploring race.
Prince Henry the Navigator wanted to surpass the Cape Bojodor, and make it to the "Green Sea of Darkness." During the two year period, 1444 to 1446, Henry intensified the exploration of the coast of Africa. He sponsored around 30-40 ships to go down the west coast of Africa, and they were able to make it 1500 miles down the coast, setting a new record of that time and pushing them farther ahead in the race for exploration. Prince Henry the Navigator






Jan Van Eyck
A Man in a Red Turban
What's a turban?
Humanism
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In the painting “Man With a Red Turban,” by Jan van Eyck, there is an older man starring at the viewer with a blank face. The viewer cannot tell if the man in the painting is rich or not because there are no signs of him being either rich or poor. The mans turban, however, might be a sign of wealth because it gives him the appearance of a merchant. Also, the man has a cracked face in which can be a sign of old age or a hidden meaning about the man. In conclusion, the man in this painting might be a rich merchant, and has a cracked face with a red turban covering his hair.
The painting also shows many signs of humanism in it. For example, the ma being three-dimensional is a big sign of humanism, because painters were unable to draw like that before humanism came into power. Also, the fact that the man is alone in the picture and is not a religious figure shows the change from very religious based painting to a more human body and less religious style. Lastly, the man has the image of a merchant, which bring into the reasoning that merchants had much power in the time of humanism, and where the only ones that could afford portraits of themselves. In conclusion, the “Man With a Red Turban” is a painting that involves an old, cracked, merchant, and had much evidence of a painting during the humanism period of the Renaissance.