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Nazi Germany Military Expenditure

German military expenditure in the second-half of the 1930's greatly outstripped the UK's military expenditure. This all fitted in with the Four-Year Plan introduced in September 1936, whereby Nazi Germany's economy was totally oriented around boosting the three spheres of the military - army, air force and navy.
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Medicine and World War Two

World War Two was a time when huge advances were made in medicine and these medical advances were a direct response to new weaponry that had been developed between 1939 and 1945 and a natural advance in knowledge that would be expected as time progressed. “If any good can be said to come of war, then the Second War War must go on record as assisting and accelerating one of the greatest blessings that the 20th Century has conferred on Man - the huge advances in medical knowledge and surgical techniques.
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Crime and Globalisation

Left Realist, Jock Young, considered how changes in Western societies in the 1980s and 1990s might have encouraged rises in crime rates. He considered the impact of marketisation, globalisation and the rising inequality in society. The theme that globalisation has led and possibly encouraged an increase in crime is a theme developed by left of centre sociologists sympathetic to the view that the 'New Right' policies of political leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and George Bush have done immense harm to society as a whole.
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Gotterdammerung

Götterdämmerung is the name given to the last few days in Hitler's bunker during the Battle for Berlin and before the surrender to the Soviet forces. Götterdämmerung comes from the final part of Adolf Hitler's favourite Richard Wagner opera 'Der Ring des Nibellungen' which ended in mass destruction. Götterdämmerung did just this - Hitler ordered the total destruction of Berlin to punish those who had betrayed him -this was never carried out.
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Percentage support for the Scottish National Party 1929 to 1979

The Scottish National Party got 0.2% of the Scottish electorate in 1929 election - the first general election the Scottish National Party contended. By 1979 election, this had grown to 17.3% of all votes cast in Scotland. However, the party's representation in the House of Commons that this led to did not match the party's total vote in Scotland - the result of the way 'First-Past-The-Post' works.
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