Mentmore Towers is a large Neo-Renaissance English country house built in the 1850s for Baron Mayer de Rothschild. It was passed down to members of his family until the 1970s, when the government refused to accept the contents of the house in lieu of inheritance taxes, at which point the property was sold at public auction. The house has been featured in what recent films?
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An army sergeant, Batista took part in the overthrow of the Cuban government in 1933 and headed the junta that installed San MartÃn. As chief of staff of the army, he increased its size and power and soon became the de facto ruler. He sponsored several reforms but was defeated in the 1944 elections and left for the US. He returned to Cuba and seized power through a coup in 1952. His 2nd term as president was marked by brutal repression, which led to several uprisings, including one led by whom?
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Alexander III was tsar of Russia from 1881 until his death in 1894. His father's assassination, his limited intelligence and education, and his military background were factors that contributed to his reactionary reign. His harsh domestic policy was directed not only against revolutionaries but against non-Russian cultures and had as its goal the institution of a uniformly Russian, Eastern Orthodox population. What project linking European Russia with the Pacific coast began during his reign?