Weekly Current Affairs – Review

25-09-2022


Refferendum in Russian controlled regions of Ukraine. Voting in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia provinces. The regions represents 15% of Ukranian territory. Putin says Moscow will do everything to support refferendum. Western countries condemn referendum as illegitimate. Voting begins on friday and will continue till tuesday.

Russia : Putin’s call for partial military mobilisation forces large number of people to flee the country.
Long queues of Russian citizen along land border of Georgia, Finland, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
Finland considers to bar Russian from entering the country.
Kazakhstan whereas anincreased number of arrivals from neighbouring Russia.
Prices of air tickets out of Moscow soared high.
Large queues of cars reported on Russian border with Mongolia.


Global recession fears flare up. Asian markets slide for third day in a row on global recession fears. Unprecedented events creating extremely severe risk of global recession. Experts says.


Pakistan PM confirms meeting US president as recent flood ravaged onethird of Pakistan. It is the Joe Biden’s first meeting after assuming the office.UN secretary general visited Pakistan and became a voice for suffering people. His voice impacted.


>>>Britain unveils mini-budget.
>>60 ML Euros in aid to Maldova from Germany.
>>India reports heavy reduction in child mortality rate.

28-09-2022


Sri Lanka staring at a major power crisis.
 Key powerplant shuts down unexpectedly.
 power cut lasts 80 minutes to 140 minutes daily in SriLanka.

QUAD Countries meeting for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief partnership guidelines. The meeting talks: It is important QUAD goes further in constructive agenda during turbulent times.
Australian Foreign Minister says: Indo-Pacific region is being reshaped economically and strategically.
Japanese Foreign Minister says : QUAD countries need to work together to ensure open and free Indo-Pacific.
Indian Prime Minister Modi visited Japan. PM Modi condoles Shinzo Abe’s death.
PM Modi note’s Abe’s contribution to streangthening Indo-Japan ties.
 PM Modi, PM Kishida renew commitment towards deepening ties.Brazil set to go to polls on October 2nd. Lula Da Silva leads opinion polls by 17 points.


29-09-2022


Challenges remain for global tourism sector.
Global tourism nowhere near 2019 level.474 MN tourists travellled globally in first seven months.
Covid restrictions hit tourists travelling from China.
U.S and Europe tourism recovery stronger and quicker.
Asian tourists expects, pre-pandemic traffic by 2024.


>>>Screenings at Keniyan border after Ugandan Ebola outbreak.
>>>>Russia claims victory in referendums as results announced. Moscow claims victory in all 4 regions. Russian president Putin may announce the annexation soon. UK imposes sanctions against Russian officials involved in vote.


>>>>Typhoon Noru tears across Vietnam. 
>>>Chinese offshore Yuvan hits record low against dollor.
>>>>U.S VP Harris : Japan’s role in Chips manufacturing is critical.
>>>>>Europe prepares for winter energy crisis. Winter is coming for Europe. Recession clouds loom over Europe’s largest economy.
>>>>>Meta: Derailed China- based campaign aimed at U. S elections.
>>>>Russia-Ukraine war : Explosions reported near Nord Stream pipeline as gas leaks into Baltic sea-line two days before.
Ukraine calls leak a terrorist attack.
Authorities have not ruled out an act of sabotage.
>>>>>Demoacratic republic of Congo declares end to latest Ebola outbreak.

30-09-2022


India bans Islamic group PFI for five years citing alleged terrorist links. PFI allies linked to subversive activity, threaten natural security. Groups banned for alleged terrorist links slam charges as political vendetta.


01-10-2022


Trilateral Anti-Submarine drills. Drills to counter North Korean threats. South Korea, U.S and Japan stage Anti-Submarine drills. US aircraft carrier Ronald Regan take part.


China’s Geely buys stake in Aston Martin. Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund owns 16.7% share. Aston Martin saddled with high debt solvency concerns. New Tree, Mercedas – Benz hold stake in Aston Martin.


04-10-2022


NATO suspects Russia is tesing its Poseidon nuclear Missile. – Poseidon can change the dimensions of Nuclear deterrance. – L-329 Belgorod. World’s longest nuclear powerred submarine. – Russia’s weapon of apocalypse – Top speed upto 60 KM per hour- Can remain under water for 120 days.


Al-Shabab attck kills 20 in Somalia. Terror group targets Somali government headquarters.

COP27 summit to be held in Egypt in Novber. – Focus on holding rich nations responsible Environment minister’s to attend Pre-COP 27 summit.

Environment- Essay Questions – Set 2

1. Major Cities of India are becoming more vulnerable to flood conditions. Discuss.

2.Tropical Cyclones are largely confirmed to South China Sea, Bay of Bengal and Gulf of Mexico. Why?

3. Explain the concepts of “Environmental Sustainability ” and “Sustainable Development of People”.

4.Discuss the Concepts of air mass and explain its role in macro-climatic changes.

5.What are the consequences of spreading of “Dead zones” on marine ecosystem ?

6.Assess the impact of global warming on coral life system with examples.

7. Why do environmentalists regard asbestos and polythene as pollutants ?

8.Differentiate between Natural and Cultural heritage ?

9.What does the Montreal Protocol deal with ? Discuss its role in protecting Earth’s environment.

10. Write about : The UN Conference on environment and development ( The Earth Summit )

Environment – Essay Questions – Set-1

1.What is ElNino?

2.What is biodiversity ? Why should it be preserved?

3.What is Ozone pollution?

4.What is “Biosphere reserves”? Explain its significance.

5.Tropical cyclones are largely confined to South China Sea, Bay of Bengal and gulf of Mexico. Why?

6.Discuss- Plastic hazards.

7.Differentiate between Natural and Cultural heritage.

8.Discuss- Global warming.

9..What is CNG ? How can it reduce air pollution ?

World History Essay Question Set – 1

1..The anti-Colonial struggles in West Africa were led by the new elite of Western-educated Africans. Examine .

2.What were the major political , economic and social developments in the World which motivated the anti-colonial struggle in India.

3.American Revolution was an economic revolt against mercantilism. Substantiate.

4.What policy instruments were deployed to contain the great economic depression ?

5.What were the events that led to the Suez Crisis in 1956 ?

6.How did it deal a final blow to Britain’s self image as a world power ?

7.The new economic policy – 1921 of Lenin had influenced the policies adopted by India soon after Independence . Evaluate.

8.Explain how the foundations of the modern world was laid by the American and French Revolution.

9.Why did the Industrial Revolution first occur in England ?

10.Discuss the quality of life of the people during the period of Insustrial Revolution.

French Revolution

On the morning of July 1789 French Paris there was an atmosphere of terror. Rumors were spreading in French. The King of France wants to open fire on people of France. And he wants his soldiers to kill the people. This news spread in the entire French like fire in petrol. There was an atmosphere of fear among the public regarding this news. People thought that it is better to be killed by doing something than to die like this.

7000 men and women gathered in front of the Town hall. They discussed if we want to stand up and rebel against the king then then we will need weapons for that. Why not forcefully loot the weapons kept in government buildings ? They looted from Bastille jail. Jail commandant – Bernard-Rene Jourdan de Launary.

Why did this happen ?How did this happen ?France during late 18th century. Louis IV. King of Bourbon family at age 20 married Australian princess Mary Antonnette. In the time France had a doubt of more than one billion libero and there was already a doubt of 2 billion libero. So tax imposed to people increased in increased rate. In 18th century, France was divided into 3 estates.Three estates: The society of 18th century France was devided into three classes or estates.The clergy was the first estate, the Noble were the second estate and the third estate, which formed the majority of population, included the middle classes, the the artisans, the city workers and the peasants.

1.Estate clergy ( people worked in Church )2. Estate Nobility ( King and his family )3. Remaining people ( businessmen, merchants, lawyer, farmer, labour etc.)

90% of entire population of French were farmers. Even they are large in number they had no land. 60% of land with 2. Only rich people in 3rd state had land.

The tax which went to the church by the farmers was called tithe. Tithe was the one tenth part of the crop. Tithe -Dharmik tax. King imposed tax on tobacco, salt etc.

1715 – 2.3 crore population of France.1789 – increased to 2.8 crore.

Demand increased and scarcity in food and death due to starvation. Rich became more rich, poor became more poor.

Revolt occured. Education increased. The rights of the people should not be decided by their birth but on the basis of their merit in the society.

John Locke – English philosopher and physician Jean Jacques Roussesau.

Genevan philosopher, writer and composer. They also believed that there should be such a society where everyone has freedom, equal laws for all and government should be such that it listens to the people. Later wrote book. Two features of government where the monarchy government was fiercely opposed. Outbreak of Revolution. Estate General – The new tax proposals had to be approved. The Estate general was a political body in which all the estates send their respective respresents live.

Estate general last meeting was convened in 1614. Louis XVI called a meeting again on 5 May 1789 to increase the new taxes. In which 1st estate – 300 representatives2 nd estate – 300 representatives3 rd estate – 600 representatives.

Farmers and artisans were not allowed in this meeting. They send his complaints and demands in 4000 letters to the assembly. Each estate had 1 vote each – not every representative allowed to vote.

3rd estate proposal to vote by every one did not accept by king. And all their people gathered in the indoor tennis court of Versailles on 20th June. Until we make a constitution in which the king has less power, we will continue to fight together. He declared himself a national assembly. National Assembly in whichMirabean – French politicianAbbe Sieyes – French Author.Death due to starvation increased.On 14 July Bastille Jail revolt occured.

On the night of 4 August 1789 National assembly passed an order in which the people of the first estate were ordered to return the land that you have taken in the name of the church.

and one-tenth part of the crop which is given as tax in the church, that is tithe should be stopped.The government got the benefit of 2 billion lives. Now gradually national assembly made a new constitution in 1791.

Divided the government equally into three parts – Legislative, executive, Judiciary.

L – who makes laws/rulesE- Who sees weather the law is being followedJ- Judiciary works for l

On the night of 4 August 1789 National assembly passed an order in which the people of the first estate were ordered to return the land that you have taken in the name of the church.

and one-tenth part of the crop which is given as tax in the church, that is tithe should be stopped.

The government got the benefit of 2 billion lives. Now gradually national assembly made a new constitution in 1791.and one-tenth part of the crop which is given as tax in the church, that is tithe should be stopped.
The government got the benefit of 2 billion lives. Now gradually national assembly made a new constitution in 1791.

Divided the government equally into three parts – Legislative, executive, Judiciary.L – who makes laws/rulesE- Who sees weather the law is being followedJ- Judiciary works for l How was new constitution is made in 1791

Following were the major ideas enlisted in the Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen.>> All men are born free and equal.>>Equality before law.>>Principle of innocent until proven otherwise.>>All people were eligible to the public offices.>>Freedom of speech and press>>Right to private property unless the public welfare necessitates to infringe this right.>>The society has a right to demand accountability from each civil servant.>>The document gave the term nation its modern meaning ie. nation is sum total of the people residing in a territory and not the territory itself. From the idea of Nation followed the idea of Sovereignty of the people Thus people were the source of all power and authority and there can not be any ruler above the people but only a republic.

The wars were fought from 1792 to 1802, by France, against the absolute monarchies of Austria, Prussia, and Savory ( Italian State) as the latter desired to protect their own hold on power from being eroded by ideas of liberty and equality.

They are known as Revolutionary wars because France was trying to protect the revolution of 1789, which was under threat from neighbouring monarchies who were afraid of the French revolution spreading to their countries.

The abolition of slavery after French revolution was the first move against this repressive system and Britain followed suit in 1833 while USA banned it in 1865.

It led to destruction of Feudalism in France as all laws of oldIt led to destruction of Feudalism in France as all laws of old Feudal regime were repealed and lands of the nobles and church were confiscated and redistributed.

“CHINA” HISTORY – IN SHORT

China has either been a single monarchy or multiple divided monarchies throughout its entire history up until the 19th century.

From small farming communities rose dynasties such as the Zhou(1046-256 BCE ) and Ming ( 1368-1644 CE ). Each had its own contribution to the region.Thousands of archeological findings are in the Huang He ( Yellow river ) , Henan Valley – the apparent cradle of chinese civilization- provide evidence about the Shang dynasty , which endured roughly from 1700 to 1027 BCE. The first prehistoric dynasty is said to be Xia, from about the twenty-first to the sixteenth century B.C.

The next period marked an evolutionary stage between the late neolithic cultures that followed the settlement of nomadic tribes in the fertile valley of the yellow river and the subsequent first chinese urban civilization of the Shang dynasty.

Quing Dynasty ruled China from 1644 to 1912. There were dozens of various rebellion arising in Qin dynasty in the 1800s, these were really devastating. .

Opium wars with Britain(1839-1842)and(1856-1861)

The first Opium war , British took over Hong Kong and extracted trade concessions from China . They also established British sovereignty over the trading centers . China was coerced into giving up the opposition to trade with the West . Major ports of China were opened to British trade and residence . Free trade was imposed on China . This meant that British could trade with any Chinese trader and custom duties were reduced . Also , a British diplomat was permanently stationed in China . British citizens in China could only be prosecuted under the British law .

Between the two Opium wars , other European nations and USA also signed trade agreements with China but the former desired more favorable treaties , which led to the second Opium war .After the second Opium War , the trade treaties were revised . Even more Chinese ports were opened for trade . The European ships got rights of transit in Chinese rivers and Europeans could freely travel across China . China was made to guarantee security of life of Missionaries and the latter were given right to establish Churches anywhere in China . Ironically along with all this religiosity import into China , the Opium trade was also legalized .

After the second Opium War , many more European nations , some South American nations and Japan established trade relations with China . Thus , China was opened up with different imperialist powers gradually establishing their Spheres of Influences in China .

Boxer rebellion ( 1899 – 1900 )

By 1900 , China was divided into spheres of influences ( thus China was reduced to a status of International colony ) . It was felt that it would soon be partitioned , with each Imperial power ruling its sphere of influence . The rebellion was against foreign interference in political , economic and religious affairs and was crushed by a joint Anglo – German – Russian – French – Japanese – American force . The Empress was forced to pay massive compensation for damage to the foreign property in China .

Boxer Protocol , signed thereafter , allowed foreign powers to station their troops for protection of their citizens in China . After the treaty , Russia continued to occupy all of Manchuria .

Quing Dynasty ruled China from 1644 to 1912.

There were dozens of various rebellion arising in Qin dynasty in the 1800s, these were really devastating. Taiping rebellion for example had as many causalities as world war I.

Taiping Rebellion ( 1899-1901 ).

Occurred 20-30 Million death in this revolt . It was a religious as well as a political movement , with an aim to setup a heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace through armed rebellion against the Manchu dynasty. Christian Taiping rebels demanded shared ” property in common,” equality for women, and the replacement of Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion with their form of Christianity.

Out of the 1800s was so bad for China that later historians would call the period from 1839 onwards as the century of humiliation. Socially the Qin Dynasty was hated too as the ruling class were Manchurians who were made distinguished from the other populations within China such as the Han Chinese. The Mongols, the Tibetans, the weavers and so on all male subjects were even required by law to wear a Cue hairstyle which was immensely unpopular because traditional Chinese philosophy and ideals aborted not cutting your at all which is why the Chinese often wore their hair into buns before hand.

Qing Dynasty rule had

-Weakened central power.

-Could not Modernize China

-There was influence of western imperialist powers.

-Rising Japan was a threat to dynasty.

-Aristocratic-archaic rules

The people were not happy by any stretch of the imagination yet Qin Dynasty was still there kind of hard to really have an idea for mandate of heaven if despite everything that’s happened there’s no new dynasty coming in to save the day well that made the idea of a popular revolt for a republic much more popular one such proponent was soon yatch’s in who had envisioned a Chinese republic.

Russo-Japan War ( 1904 – 1905 ) : It was fought over Manchuria. Japan won this war and took over Russian possessions in China. Thus more Chinese territory came under Japan’s control.KMT fought a Civil war with Chinese Communist Party which emerged victorious by 1949, establishing a communist form of government in China while Chiang Kai Shek fled to Taiwan operating a government in exile.

Dr. Sun Yatsen lead the Chinese revolution in 1911 which ended the Qing dynasty’s rule. China became the republic of China ( ROC ) in 1911.

3 principles of Dr.Sun Yat-sen was –

>>>>Nationalism.

>>>>Rights of people/Democracy.

>>>>-People’s livelihood/socialism.

October 10, 1911 : Start of the Xinhai Revolution.

>In October 1911, united efforts of anti-monarchists and reformists and reformists led to overthrow of dynastic rule. Also known as Xinhai revolution.

>In October of 1911 , a group of revolutionaries in Southern China led a successful revolt against the Quing Dynasty ,

>The revolutionary alliance attempted seven or more different revolts against the Quing in the years leading up to the revolution , most of which originated in South China and all of which were ultimately stopped by the Quing army.

>Foreign nations with investments in China remained neutral throughout the upheaval, though they were anxious to protect the treaty right they gained from the Quing through the first and second Opium war.

>establishing in its place the republic of China and ending the imperial system.

>Republic of China established.

>A democratic national assembly with limited franchise.

>Chinese Nationalist Party (Sun Yat-Sen) V/S Last emperor of Qing – Puyi.

>61 year old emperor PUYI abdicated. Northern China (Beijing) power came in hands of general Yuan Shikai and Southern China (Nanking) came under the provisional govt. under Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

>Sun left presidency and handed power to Yuan in order to unite China. Yuvan Shikai became the president of Republic of China.

Chinese revolution made China a republic from the 2000 years of rules of kings of different dynasties.

Nationalist party ( Kuo Min Tang , KMT ) was founded in 1912 by Dr. Sun Yat Sen, who had returned to China after the 1911 revolution. It wanted a united, democratic and modern China.

But Yuvaan Shikai soon became an autocratic leader.

1915- Declared himself as emperor. ( Known The Hongxian emperor ) and started National Protection War in (1915-1916).

Expelled KMT from govt/national assembly.

Chaos ensues – fragmentation of power and not a unified China.

Further, when Yuan declared himself to be the Emperor in 1915 against the wishes of provincial armies, he was removed from power and the Warlord era began ( 1916 – 28 ).

1916-Shikai dead

Warlord Era in China ( 1916-1928 )

During this time China disintegrated in numerous states, each controlled by a Warlord with a private army, who fought among themselves.

The warlord era created chaos in China and the farmers suffered the most hardships.

May 4th Movement ( 1919 ) :

was a movement started by the Chinese youth against the warlords and the regressive Chinese culture. Students gathered and held mass demonstrations. The Chinese Communist Party was formed in 1912 and it was sympathetic to the cause of peasants, who were the most oppressed section of the society under Warlord era.

Simultaneously, KMT was strengthening itself militarily under Chiang Kai Shek and was successful in ending the rule of Warlords and uniting the country by end of 1927-28.The KMT was opposed to the communist ideology of Chinese Communist Party, which focused on peasant welfare through measures like land redistribution, while the KMT was pro-landlords. Also by 1927, KMT, being militarily stronger, was able to suppress the communists.

After Sun’s death in 1925 by cancer , his trusted general , Chiang Kai-shek ( General Issimo Chiang Kai-Shek ) rose to prominence in KMT.

Chiang Kai Shek : After 1925 , it was Chiang Kai Shek , militarily trained man , who was responsible for developing the KMT Army with the Soviet help . Although he studied the working of Communist Party and Red Army of Soviet Russia , he had a right wing ideology and was pro – capitalist class .

Northern March ( 1926 ) — a military campaign by KMT and Chinese Communist party against the Warlords.Successful military campaign against the warlords of the North , to unify China.Successful campaign helped him rise in prominence and stature in KMT.

But Chiang Kai-Shek became an autocrat and started acting against the Communist Party under Mao Zedong. The Communist Party under Mao arranged the long march and strengthened the party in China. The CPC was supported by the peasants and poor.

He removed all the communist members from the KMT in 1925 and thus , was less tolerant than his predecessor Sun Yat Sen.

In 1927, after its win against the Warlords, the KMT initiated the purification Movement, which was KMT’s campaign against the Chinese Communist Party during which worker and peasant leaders as well as Chinese Communist Party members were massacred. In fact, the Chinese Communist Party was to a good extent eliminated.

Chinese Civil War ( (1927-1949) :

The CPC was trying to start a socialist revolution in areas where it was dominant ( Shanghai, Wuhan )

After the second world war, the Chinese civil war started and the Kuomintang government retreated to Taiwan and communist party under Mao, established the People’s republic of China ( PRC). KMT government continued its rule from Taiwan. Till today, Taiwan is ruled as the republic of China.

Cultural Revolution

This known as the Great Cultural Revolution. It was more a propaganda campaign launched by Mao to renew revolutionary fervour in his quest for saving the communist revolution, for mobilizing public support in favour of the Great leap forward and for keeping the GLF on pure Marxist-Leninist lines.

Great Leap forward

Great leap forward was Mao’s reformations with support of young energetic communists.

The efforts began to reap benefits and agricultural and industrial production increased significantly in the long term.The GLF, through its of communes prevented over-central that stifles initiative. Communes were much more than simple tool for collective farming.

GLF was able to check unemployment due to the scattered and labour inten industrial model.

Spread of education, improved status of women, better welfare services, some other benefits of the GLF. Maoism manifested in the form of the Great Leap Forward initiated by Mao after the criticism he faced during the 100 flowers campaign. During 100 flowers campaign initiated to allow people to elicit their views, many people began to criticize the party and demanded transition to a democracy. Mao realized that he needed to take steps to protect the communist revolution and increase economic prosperity of the common map to route their belief in Communism.

Evaluation of Great Leap Forward in the long term, the GLF proved to be an important milestone for China.

Colonialism

Empire, imperialism and Colonialism are all interrelated tactics of geopolitics that are used to achieve similar goals of one state maintaining economic, political, or cultural dominance over other territories, often for economic gain.

Colonialism can be defined as – the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory. It is a set of unequal relationships between the colonial power and the colony, and often between the colonists and the indigenous population.

An empire forms when a single authority controls multiple territories, states, and countries. There are several ways an empire can function ranging from intrusive to rather hands off.

But when an empire also creates unequal economic or power relationships, that relationship is considered imperialism through this relationship can eventually be more hands off too.

In early 21st century, when we talk about colonialism, we’re often referring to European Colonialism, which happened globally between the 15th century to the present.

Imperialism and Colonialism do have really similar definitions-in fact, they’re still debated within geography and other disciplines.

The Chinese, Japanese, and Mongols built vast empires too. In this case, we talk about imperialism because of the way each expanded through force, and each had elements of extraction of resources and control of local politics. We fed the impacts of colonialism and imperialism around us in almost all places in the world, even though many of those systems have been formally ended.

Imperialism describes the domination and subordination of one state over others, and is often motivated by the acquisition of land, resources, or strategic positions. From this, we can look at different types of colonization, which is either a type of imperialism or just another type of empire.

Colonization starting ;

The explorations or the voyages of Discovery at the end of 15th century, clubbed with the end of Feudalism played an important role in the rise of Colonialism. As early as the 13th century, Marco Polo of Italy discovered China.

Technical innovations in 15th century played an important role in success of explorers in being able to sail to the new lands. By the end of 15th century, innovations in form of compass, Astrolabe, the art of Mapping and development of better ships enabled explorers to safely reach new lands.The new founded lands were rich in mineral resources and many had very good natural harbors which could be developed into ports that could serve as nodal points of trade.

The monetary profit became the most important reason for explorations, which brought goods that could be sold at home at a much higher margin. E.g. Vasco Da Gama (1498) found the price of pepper in India to be 1/20th of the price in Venice. Spice trade was the most lucrative. By mid 13th century, Venice emerged as the primary trade port for spices. From Venice, the spices were transported to Western and Northern Europe. Venice became extremely prosperous by charging huge tariffs.

Geography played an important role. Without direct access to Middle east, the Europeans were forced to pay high prices charged by Venice. Even the wealthy had trouble paying for spices. The routes to the east were known by the name Silk Routes. Along with Venice, it was the Byzantine Empire with its capital in Constantinople, which acted as a middle man in this trade with east. These two lay along the trade routes and had power to choke them if they wanted. In 1453, Ottoman Empire defeated the Byzantine Empire and choked/blockaded the sea routes.

The European merchants sought to establish their set up in new founded lands . i.e. they started to form colonies in these new found lands. Thus came into origin, the word colonization. The colonization of Asia, Africa and America began with three focuses- Gold, Glory and God. While Gold represented the profits from trade, Glory represented the recognition a European power received as a world hegemon. With the flag of the kingdom came the missionaries to promote Christianity.

The profits from trade increased the attraction of the European ports and the merchants made the ports their center of activity . Soon towns developed in coastal areas of the Mediterranean sea and places like Venice & Genoa increased in prosperity . These coastal towns enjoyed freedom from the rural based system of Feudalism . The serfs were free in these towns and thus migration from the villages to the towns gained pace . The society in these coastal towns was based on money and not land . The Kings , who in the Feudal system were dependent on the

The Portuguese had established trade monopoly with Asia after discovery of trade route to India via Cape of Good Hope in 1498 and thus replaced Italian monopoly on trade with the east .

Europe started importing products like spices , which were new to its market and became very popular . Similar was the case with cotton cloth imported from the east .

The Portuguese were replaced by the Dutch in Indonesia and by the British in India . Afterwards , the military strength and the sea power aided France and Britain to emerge as the major colonial powers .

Spain setup sugar plantations in Central American colonies , while the Portugal put up the plantation system in Brazil .

Countries like Holland , which were barren internally made huge profits out of the colonies by providing ships for commerce to Britain and other European countries . On the other hand , the impact of colonialism on the colonies was appalling .

Impact of Colonialism

Early before European Colonialism the Chinese, Japanese, and Mongols built vast empires too.Here implies settlement of people in an area, and a degree of cultural control in addition to control of land and resources, which kind of sounds like “Imperialism plus”. The Mongol empire consolidated a huge chunk of Central Asia, and even though the territory has changed hands many times, it’s still more or less together.Today that land makes up much of what’s now Russia and Mongolia.

On one hand , the European countries saw very rapid increase in trade volume and diversity , while on the other hand , the colonies were ripped off their resources .

South America was colonized by Spain after the Amerigo’s voyage , which it had funded .

The civilization of Aztecs and the Incas were destroyed and their gold and silver plundered . The indigenous Americans were forced to work for the colonists in the mines and farms .

The mines of Peru , Bolivia and Mexico were exploited with all the wealth exported out to Spain .

Later , the Dutch , the British and the French also came to control parts of America .

The objective of Colonialism in Asia was trade profit , while Slave Trade was the main reason in case of Africa .

In Africa , colonization began early but was limited to the coastal region because the hindrances placed by the geography limited the expansion of colonial empire to the mainland Africa .

Slave trade was started by the Portugal as its workers on the plantations were not able to bear the hot and humid climate of Brazil. It hunted down the Black Africans who were physically strong and were used to living in an equatorial climate and brought them to work on plantations. While the Africans worked on the plantations as slaves, the native Americans worked like serfs on the estate of colonies.

Soon the slave trade was introduced in North America, West Indies and other parts of America by European powers after colonization. Spain introduced the slave trade first in Haiti in the Caribbean and then in Florida, Mexico, Chile and other parts of Coastal South America.

The plantation system was mainly put up for production of Sugarcane, tobacco and cotton. The slave trade came to be known as the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade and the Triangular Slave Trade as a tripod of America. The slave trade continued for 300 years.

( Stages of Colonialism can be concluded into three stages as shown under : )

( First Stage ) ;- Monopoly trade and revenue appropriation

During the first stage of Colonialism the basic objections of Colonialism were:

(1) The monopoly of trade with the colony vis-à-vis other European merchants and the Colony’s traders and producers , and

(2) the direct appropriation of revenue or surplus through the use of state power. Whenever craftsman or other producers were employed on account of the Colonial States , Corporation or merchants, their surplus was directly seized, not in the manner of industrial capitalists but that of merchant-usurers.

The Colonial state or corporations required large financial resources to wage wars in the colony and on the seas, and to maintain naval forces, forts, armies and trading posts.

It is to be noted that during the first stage of colonialism

(1) the element of plunder and direct seizure of surplus was very strong and

(2) there was no significant import of metropolitan manufacturers into the colony.

( Second Stage ) ; – Exploitation through trade

1. The colony could buy more imports only if it increased its exports-which could only be of agricultural and mineral products-to pay for them. The colony’s export had also to pay for the drain or in other words had to earn foreign exchange to provide for the export of business profits and the savings and pensions of Europeans working there.

2. The metropolis desired to lessen the dependence on non-empire sources of raw materials and food stuffs. Hence the need to promote the production of raw materials in the colony, which the colonial rule must enable the colony to do so. The colony had to be developed as a productive colony in the agricultural and mineral spheres.

3. As a subordinated complement of a capitalist economy , the use of the colony, both as a market for goods and as a supplier of raw materials and manufacturers. The colony’s social surplus was to be appropriated through trade on the basis of selling cheap and buying cheap. This stage of Colonialism could even embrace countries which retained political freedom.

( Third Stage ) ; – Foreign Investments and competition for colonies.

The Europeans established trading posts in the coastal areas of the new found lands .It is to be noted here that the country which dominated in the realm of sea power was able to benefit from the most out of the Colonial era. The policy of Mercantile capitalism involved attacking merchant vessels of other kingdoms , blocking trade routes , setting up colonies , placing trade barriers , monopolizing the trade with the colonies and if unable to colonize , then securing special trading rights with the new found lands so as to have a trade monopoly .

A larger fleet of merchant ships was a mark of trade volume and spread across external markets while a strong navy could protect them, attack the vessels of the competitors and block the sea-routes of commerce. The country which was able to have friendly harbors along the trade route in form of Ports of call where the ships could refuel and the crew could rest, had an advantage in the trade competition.

Types of Rocks

Rock is an aggregate of minerals that forms an appreciable part of the lithosphere. On the basis of origin , and mode of formation.

Rocks may be classified into : (i) igneous (ii) sedimentary and (ii) metamorphic.

The rocks are formed mainly by minerals that are feldspars, micas, amphiboles, pyroxenes, olivine, quartz, calcite, dolomite, clays, and gypsum etc.

Igeneous Rocks

Igeneous Rocks : Rocks formed by the cooling and solidification of molten silicate minerals ( magma ). Igneous rocks include volcanic and plutonic rocks.

Igneous rocks are classidied on the basis of texture and composition. The major kinds of igneous rocks are basalt, gabbro, andesite, diorite, rhyolite, and granite. Igneous rocks may also be classified under intrusive and extrusive rocks:

Intrusive Igneous rocks :

these are igneous rocks that, penetrated into or between other rocks in their fluid state and solidified. It can later be exposed at the Earth’s surface after erosion of the overlying rock.

Extrusive Igneous Rocks :

Rocks formed by solidification of magma above the Earth’s surface are known as extrusive rocks.

Characteristics of Igneous Rocks are as under :

>These rocks are solidified from molten magma.

> They usually do not occur in distict beds of strata.

>Igneous rocks are generally not fossiliferous.

>They are generally hard and water percolatesin them with great difficulty along the joints.

> Igneous rocks are granular and crystalline.The size of Crystals, however, differs from one rock to another.

> These rocks are generally weathered by mechanical(physical) weathering.

>Igneous rocks are mostly associated with the volcanic activity.

>Most igneous rocks consist of silicate minerals.

>The valuable minerals like iron-ore, copper, gold, silver, zinc, lead, mica, etc. are generally found in the igneous rocks.

Sedimentary Rocks

Rocks formed by the accumulation and consolidtion of sedimentnt are known as sedimentary rocks. Sedimentary rocks may be as following types:

Agrilacous( Aqueous Rocks) Sedimentary Rocks

A group of detrital sedimentary rocks deposited in water. They are commonly, clay, shale, mudstones, siltstone, and marl.

Three typs of Agrillacous rock are Marine , Lacustrine , Riverine.

Marine Agrillaceous sedimentary rocks

are formed due to deposition and consolidation of sediments in the oceans and seas mainly in their littoral zones.

Lacustrine Agrillaceous sedimentary rocks

are formed due to deposition and consolidation of sediments in Lake Environment. Generally, the sediments are deposited at the floor of the lakes.

Riverine Agrillaceous sedimentary rocks

are those which are formed due to deposition of sediments in the riverine environment. The sediments may be deposited in the beds of the rivers and in the flood plains.

Aeolian sedimentary rocks

Aeolian processes create a number of distinct features, through both erosion and deposition of sediment.

Sediments deposited after transported by wind are known as aeolian deposits. Loess is one of the most important aeolian deposits. The loess deposits are found away from the source region and outside the desert. The dust particles of loess are so small that they hold together even when dry and once deposited cannot be easily lifted by the wind.

Glacial sedimentary rocks

The sediments deposited by glaciers are called glacial sedimentary rocks. These deposits are also known as moraines.

Characteristics of sedimentary rocks are as under

>The material of sedimentary rocks is derived from the pre-existing rock of any of the three rock classes as well as from newly formed organic matter. However, igneous rock is the most important original source of the inorganic minerl matter that forms sedimentary rock.

>The sedimentary rocks contain layers or strata. They are, therefore, often called stratified rocks.

>The layers of the sedimentary rocks are sometimes horizontal, and sometimes tilted due to lateral compressive and tensile forces.

>Sedimentary rocks are deposited in seas and oceans in a sequential order.

Metamorphic Rock

These rocks are formed from pre-existing rocks within the Earth’s crust due to changes in temperature, pressure and chemical action of fluid. The main examples of metamorphic rocks are slate, marble, quartzite, schist, and gneiss.

Metamorphic rocks : The origin of common metamorphic rocks is complex. In some cases, such as quartzite, marble, and metaconglomerate, the nature of the original rocks is easily determined. In other cases, such as schist and gneiss, it is difficult and sometimes impossible to determine the type of source rock.

Characteristics of metamorphic rocks are as under

>Metamorphic rocks are formed due to change in texture and mineral composition of the pre-existing rocks.

>Some rocks after metamorphism become more hard than their original form. For example, marble from limestone, quartzite from sandstone, and diamond from carbon.

> The fossils of the original sedimentary rocks are destroyed and, therfore, they do not contain fossils.

> The coarse-grained metamorphic rocks are imperfectly foliated, e.g. gneisses, from granites, while the fine-grained metamorphic rocks are perfectly foliated, e.g. schist from shale.

>Many of the metamorphic rocks are impervious ( marble and slate ), and some of them are pervious, e.g. gneiss.

> Many of the metamorphic rocks may slipt along the bedding planes, e.g., micaschist.

>Most gneissic metamorphic rocks comprise bands of granular quartz and feldspar.

Industrial Revolution

Transition to new manufacturing process in Great Britain , central Europe , and the United States occurred in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840.

The main changes were in New chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, the increasing use of steam power and water power , the development of machine tools and in the rise of mechanized factory system.

The economic developments of the 1800s saw the development of agrarian and handicraft economies in Europe and America , and transformed it into industrial urbanized ones .

The term to describe this phenomenon would be known as the ” Industrial Revolution ” and was first used by French writers , but made popular by English economic historian Arnold Toynbee.

Unprecedented rise in population and in the rate of population growth was the immidiate effect.

Britain became a ‘ Workshop to the world ‘ – and made such a big difference to the modern world.

The industrial revolution changed England and world forever.

From the mid 18th century to the mid 19th century agricultural production increased significantly . The huge increase in farming supported the expansion and sustain the large population and boosted trade. The increased use of machines over humanely and animal power and farming also meant that less farm work needed and they would leads the farms to industrial towns.

Factory System : Under this system, the centre of production shifted from home to factory. The workers, for the first time now, travelled from home to work-sites on daily basis. They for the first time aggregated in such large numbers under a shed working on machines. The capital was owned by the Capitalists and the worker was just another factor of production and the capitalist was the owner.

The Revolution started with revolution in the textile industry, saw mechanization of textile industry, which was previously manufactured in the home, early the term “Cottage Industry”. Now production could be increased on a large scale because of new inventions, such as the spinning mule and the power loom.

Steam Power : The most significant invention was development of Steam Engine by James Watt in 1769. Steam Engines gave a big boost to production of goods and consequently led to huge increase in demand for raw materials.

Revolution in Iron production : Another revolution was in iron production. The iron industry developed with Henry bessemer’s inexpensive process for mass-producing steel.By the development of Blast furnaces, which allowed for use of coke instead of charcoal, this allowed the British steel industry to produce high-grade cast iron instead of just the pig iron. Iron and steel were key materials for constructing the tools in machinery, steam engines, and ships needed for the industrial progress. Ultimately led to increased and cheaper mechanization of all industrial processes. The steam power had led to demand for more machinery and England had huge deposits of iron and coal to make steal.

The steam engine , was the integral machine to industrialization with powered factories, locomotives and ships. The new steam engines used coal and iron both in the construction and as fuel, increasing the demands for these recourses.

Roads, canals and road ways changed dramatically connecting Britain and allowing goods to be sent over long distances.

Visually the revolution was clear in the new industrial towns with smoking factories dominating the skylines. The cities were horrible to live in . Overcrowded , dirty, dangerous with factory conditions.

It took place between about 1700 and 1900, and- so the simple explanation goes – it turned Britain into a tooled-up, factory -powered ‘ workshop of the world’. But there was plenty more to industrial revolution than just factories and machines.

It certainly didn’t happen overnight , and its root go even further back than 1700.

Many historians reckon the Industrial Revolution was not just one revolution , but a series of revolutions. A bit like a complicated machine : It had lots of different moving parts, and each of these parts was like its own revolution.

New revolutionary technologies and inventions meant that products could be made by machines rather than by hands.

Why Industrial Revolution first in England ? The events in England before 1750 set such conditions, which were favourable towards Industrial Revolution. The rise of capitalism after the end of Feudalism was crucial for industrial Revolution. This was so because with capitalism came the desire to make more monetary profits, which could be achieved by developing new ways to produce more goods at lower costs. There was demands for manufactured goods due to the new ways of life in the growing towns and cities.

Moving outside of Britain

Industrial labor opportunities drew people to the cities from the country side-

To such an extent that in 1750 only 15% of the population of Britain lived in towns.

By 1850, over 50% of the entire population of Great Britain lived in either a town or a city, and by 1900 it was 85%.London-4.5 million people,Glasgow-7,60,000 people,Manchester and Birmingham – 5,00,000 people each.

Great Britain was the birth place of the industrial revolution, and was the only mature industrial economy for a long time. Historians have speculated that this was because as an island there was relative peace and stability for Britain compared to mainland Europe.

Rather than spending on a large defensive standing army, capital could be spent on other ventures, and there was confidence for investors. Native resources were also respected and encouraged in British society, and were backed by wealthy patrons. A powerful navy and an empire bringing in vast wealth from its colonies also contributed to the catalyst for industrialization before others.

Nevertheless Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and the ‘United States’ soon emulated Britain’s industrial change, and by 1900 Britain would no longer be at the top, with the United States as the World’s leading industrial nation in the 20th century.

The Slave Trades and Effects

The slave trade and the expansion of Britain’s colonies in the Americas also played a part in the Industrial Revolution.

British traders sold manufactured goods in West Africa , in return for enslaved Africans.

They were transported across the Atlantic to work on plantations that grew sugar and tobacco , and these were exported back to Britain.

This ‘ triangular trade ‘ fueled manufacturing in Britain and created enormous profits for wealthy Brits, with some of that money helping to fund new inventions, new infrastructure and new country houses.

But its important to remember that some of the money invested in industry came directly from a system that destroyed the lives of millions of African people , and impoverished Africa for generations to come.

Britain did abolish slavery in its own colonies in 1834, but even by 1860, England’s massive cotton textile industry was entirely reliant on cotton produced by 3 million enslaved Africans in the American South.

After effects of Industrial Revolution.

But the gap between rich and the poor widened, and quality of life didn’t improve for everyone.

Many skilled workers lost their jobs to machines, and factory workers endured dangerous conditions, six-day weeks , and 12 to 14 hour shifts.

In Industrial areas in the early 19th Century, the average age for children starting work was just eight and a half. It wasn’t until later in the century that children under 10 were banned from working in factories.

Towns and cities were breeding grounds for diseases. Life expectancy was around 30 to 33 in Urban areas until 1850, but 10 years more in country side.

Poor nutrition meant that the average height of British workers actually fell in the first half of the 19th century.

Campaigners tried to improve the lots of the working classes , eventually securing advances like free education , restrictions on child labor, improved sanitation and better working conditions .

Some industrialists made large donations to charities , or built new , modern towns for their workers.

But despite protests , many working people were denied the right to vote throughout this period , and reforms were almost always had won.

Ultimately , the industrial revolution was a time of great upheaval.

By the early 20th century , it had changed the people , the landscape and the politics of England beyond all recognition. in so many ways , it made the modern world.

Mental diseases

Mental illness include a wide range of disorders,of thinking, emotion, and/or behavior.

There are many different types of mental illness. Mental illness can be short lived or long term. Many stress such as losing a job, getting divorced or taking too many drugs increase the risk of mental illness.


Some times it can be hard to tell the difference between mental illness and normal worry or sadness but mental illness is more severe, lasts longer and significantly affects a person’s ability to cope with life. Almost half of adults experience symptoms of mental illness at some point.

Types of Mental illness :

Mental illness is really many different disorders.

These disorders fall into broad categories including

_Schezophrenia

_Mood disorders such as being too sad ( depression ) or too excited ( mania )

_Anxiety

_Personality disorders_Obsessive_Compelsive disorders

Other mental health disorders include eating disorders, stress disorders such as PTSD and Suicidal behaviour.

What causes mental illness ?

Mental illness is probably caused by many things in combination including :

> inherited factors

>mental illness runs in families

>Life stress

>The environment and culture you live in

>health problems that affect your brain

>Many stresses such as losing a job getting divorced or taking too many drugs increase risk of mental illness

>Certain health problems that affect a baby’s brain ,such as complications during birth or a brain infection by a virus ( encephalitis ) increase the risk of mental illness later on in life

>Mental illness doesn’t occur because people are lazy or irresponsible

>Its not something people do on purpose

Schizophrenia :

This can be among the most difficult to diagnose as symptoms are complex, overlap with other disorders. They also change during its progression and are not always present in all cases. Positive Symptoms ( Excessive functions ) are- Delusions( Being controlled/persecuted)( delusions of grandeur)-Auditory hallucinations-Inappropriate affect-incoherent thought-odd behaviour

Negative symptoms ( deficit in function )

– Flat affect-

reduction in speech

– reduction of motivation

– anhedonia ( Inability to experience pleasure )

– Catalonia ( long periods of motionlessness )

A patient exhibiting several of these symptoms for extended intervals would likely recieve a diagnosis of Schizophrenia.

In causes of these disorders includes

– genetic basis( Potential is inhereted, onset is likely depends on experience and environmental factors.

Actual mechanism by which the genes act to produce the disorders, are not yet known.

Many studies have examine the link between Schizophrenia and dopamine level.Antipsychotic drugs operate by inhibiting dopamine receptors in synapsis by preventing dopamine in exhorting its effects.Cause of disorders may be associated with as many as hundred genes.

Affective disorders / Mood Disorders

Depression and Mania ;

Clinical depression is a condition that goes far beyond the clues we get from the title.

Depression is very common

>The main treatments are medicine and counselling ( talk therapy ) .

Family friends and support groups can help people cope with mental illness.

Depression

It is an experience for not a particular reason and to a degree that interferes with daily life. Mania on the other hand is a sort of like opposite the depression characterized by impulsive and overconfidence behavior and extremely high energy. Parents who experiencing alternating periods of mania and depression are said to suffer from bipolar disorder.

Causes of disorder

– Genetic basis ( Much like Schizophrenia these are clear genetic factors that contribute to the development of affective disorders.

– Stress/trauma : ( these do not enhance susceptibility ) Stress and trauma can also be responsible for the onset of depression although the y do not enhance the susceptibility towards affective disorders in those who are not predisposed towards them.

– Specific Experience ( Seasonal affective disorder – experienced only seasonally auch as in season of winter )

– Postpartum depression ( Childbirth ) Experienced some women after giving birth and also affective disorders, although they have very specific experience of causes.

-low synaptic activity-Serotonergic/noradrenergic( It is thought that the depression is generally caused by low levels of activity at Serotonergic and noradrenergic synapsis. )

Antidepressant drugs are some what successful in compating depression.

These typically fall into following categories

1. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors- Increase serotonin/norepinephrine levels by inhibiting enzymes that break them down

2. trycyclic antidepressants – block neurotransmitter reuptake and increasing their levels in synapsis.

3. Selective monoamine reuptake inhibitors.- block neurotransmitter reuptake.

4. Mood Stabilizers :- Act against depression without triggering mania.

In addition to antidepressants talk therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are linked with significant symptom improvements in randomized clinical trials.Cognitive therapy involves understanding the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviour and correcting cognitive error and rewire once the thought pattern.

A combination of medication and therapy is considered the most effective approach to treating depression and other mood disorders.

Anxiety :

This is the Chronic fear that persists in the absence of any kind of immediate threat, which compromises daily functioning due to avoidance of fear triggering stimulae. When severe, this is considered as a psychiatric disorder.

Types of Anxiety :

1. generalized Anxiety disorders – chronic worrying

2.Phobic anxiety disorders – triggered by exposure to spesific object or situation.

3.Panic disorders – rapid onset of fear and stress symptoms. ( Panic attack )

4. Obsessive-Compulsive disorders ( OCD ) – obsessive thoughts and compulsive responses ( rituals ).

5.Post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD )- Pattern of distress after trauma. ( war or sexual abuse ).Treatment for all of the Anxiety Disorders, typically involves Cognitive Behavioural therapy with an exposure conponent ” which essentially means confronting the situation or stimulus that triggering the anxiety.

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders :-

  1. Benzodiazepine – Can be habit-forming

2. Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors ( SSRIS )- Block Serotonin reuptake

3.Psilocybin ( hallucinogenic mushrooms )
Shown promise in clinical trails but not yet FDA – approved.

Some act as agonists.Some act as inhibitors.Some act as positive allosteric modulators.