" A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out. "
Virginia Woolf

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Radar Is Demonstrated

Radar is a means for detecting the position, movement, and nature of a remote object through radio waves reflected from its surface. During the 1930s, several countries independently developed the technology for military use, exploiting radar's capacity to detect aircrafts and ships. One of the earliest practical radar systems was devised by Sir Robert Watson-Watt, a descendent of the inventor of the steam engine, James Watt. What was the Daventry Experiment, and what were its consequences?



White Rose Society

During the early 1940s, a group of German university students and their philosophy professor founded the White Rose resistance movement, secretly drafting, printing, and distributing leaflets urging Germans, particularly the intelligentsia, to rise up against the Nazi regime. In February 1943, 2 prominent White Rose members, Sophie and Hans Scholl, were arrested. The rest of the group's founding members were soon captured, and all 7 were sentenced to death. What were Sophie Scholl's last words?

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Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya

Krupskaya was a Russian revolutionary and educator who was a Marxist agitator in the years leading up to the Russian Revolution. She married Bolshevik founder Vladimir Lenin in 1898, while both were serving terms in exile. After the Revolution, she joined the People's Commissariat of Education and helped develop educational systems that offered both academic and professional training to women and workers. Her biography is known as the most detailed account of Lenin's life but omits what events?

Last updated on Tuesday, 26th February 2008

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