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Grey Owl

Archibald Belaney—known as the Grey Owl—was a conservationist, fur trapper and writer. Advocated for environmental issues, animal rights and conservation. Inspired David Attenborough, who made a biopic on him in 1999.
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Sir David Attenborough

British broadcaster and natural historian. Only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K. Has remained associated with the BBC National History Unit. Knighted in 1985.
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The Life Collection

The Life Collection is a 24-disc documentary box set of eight titles from David Attenborough’s Life series of BBC natural history programmes. Released in UK on December 5 2005. Complete exploration of life on Earth.
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Phytophthora infestans

It is a water mole or oomycete that causes potato and tomato disease known as potato or late blight. Potato blight caused by Phytophthora Infestans was one of the major causes of the Great Irish Famine 1845-1849.
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Great Famine (Ireland)

The Great Famine—also known as the Irish Potato Famine—was a period of mass food shortage and starvation in Ireland from 1845-1849. One million people died and a million more emigrated. Ireland’s population fell by 25%.
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Irish Poor Laws

Series of laws that addressed poverty in Ireland. Most prominent was 1938 Poor Law Act. It divided Ireland into unions in which paupers would receive relief paid for by property tax. One of the causes of Irish Famine.
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The Prince

16th century book written by Italian theorist Machiavelli as an instruction guide for new princes. The book accepts that the aims of princes such as glory and survival can justify the use of immoral actions.
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Woodrow Wilson

American politician and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Passed various progressive legislations. Led the US in the WWI—giving 14 points as a route to peace.
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Aurangzeb

Sixth Mughal emperor who ruled over almost the entire Indian subcontinent for a period of 49 years. Widely considered to be the last effective ruler of the Mughal Empire. Established Sharia.
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Fourteen Points

The Fourteen Points was a statement of principles for peace that was to be used for peace negotiations in order to end World War I. The principles were outlined in a speech to the US Congress by President W. Wilson.
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Francesco Vettori

Italian diplomat, politician and writer from Florence. He served his city during both the republican and the de Medici regimes. He is remembered as one of the main personal correspondents of Machiavelli.
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Akbar

Akbar popularly known as Akbar the Great, was the third Mughal emperor, who reigned from 1556 to 1605. Akbar succeeded his father, Humayun, and expanded and consolidated the Mughal domains in India.
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Niccolò Machiavelli

Italian Renaissance diplomat, philosopher and writer, best known for The Prince written in 1513. He has often been called the father of modern political philosophy and political science. Born: Florence
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Francesco Guicciardini

Guicciardini was an Italian historian and statesman. A friend and critic of Machiavelli, he is considered one of the major political writers of the Italian Renaissance. Renowned for the book: The History of Italy.
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Mughal Empire

Early-modern empire that controlled much of South Asia between the 16th and 19th centuries. The empire stretched from northern Afghanistan and Kashmir in the north, to Assam and Bangladesh in the east.
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Italian Renaissance

Period in Italian history that covered the 15th and 16th centuries, spreading across Europe and marking the transition from the Middle Ages to Modernity. “Long Renaissance" began in the 14th century.
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