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100 Mistakes that Changed History: Backfires and Blunders by Bill Fawcett

By Bill Fawcett

Amassed in a single quantity, listed below are backfires and mistakes that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and adjusted the process the area. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile problem, historical past is stuffed with undesirable strikes and not-so-bright rules that snowballed into failures and unintentional effects. This engrossing publication seems at 100 such tipping issues. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The Caliphs of Baghdad spend themselves into chapter 11. The Aztecs greet the Conquistadors with open hands. Mexico invitations the american citizens to Texas-and the american citizens by no means go away. And the remainder is history...

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Divorce with the right to remarry was not permitted until near the end of the seventeenth century, and then only for the tiny majority of individuals who could afford to promote a bill in the House of Lords. Many Protestant clergy unsuccessfully supported the idea of altering the law so as to make possible divorce and remarriage in cases of adultery and desertion. 56 The accepted doctrine was that, once married, people should stay married, regardless of whether they found the marital relationship a satisfactory one, just as they should stick to their occupation whether or not it was congenial.

A formidable combination of guild ordinances, apprenticeship laws, and poor law regulations severely limited the ability of individuals to take up whatever form of employment they fancied; and their inherent aptitudes and interests can seldom have been a determining consideration. In the middling ranks, there was more scope for personal preference, but options were normally restricted by parents’ resources and their network of acquaintance. In agriculture, mining, and handicrafts there was a strong, though not invariable, presupposition in favour of occupational continuity between father and son.

Like Aristotle, they believed that some men were intended by nature to rule, others to obey, and that they had been placed accordingly. 37 Other commentators accepted that the distribution of human talents did not necessarily correspond with the social hierarchy and that many persons of great natural ability were condemned to pass their lives in humble occupations with their potential unrealized. As one seventeenth-century schoolmaster put it, there were many ‘rare sparks of virtue and ingenuity covered over with rubbish of poverty’.

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