Tutor profile: Oscar H.
Subject: World History
Can a specific era in world history be directly tied to our current modern, globalized world?
The world in which we all live in today - a globalized one, where all peoples across all continents are intertwined through commerce, culture, and the digital revolution of the internet and smartphones, can be linked to the Era of Exploration, at the dawn of the early modern age in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. That era witnessed the first major encounters of peoples from different backgrounds - religious, political, and cultural, that set the course for a continual direction toward the path of shaping a "smaller world," that could be mapped out and encourage long distance travel, bringing people at odds, never having met, face to face. Today, a person in Argentina can chat over their phone through text message or "face time" through an app another person in Japan, without having to board a wooden ship with hemp sails on it. How amazing is that!
Subject: US History
Did the South realistically stand a chance at winning the Civil War against the North?
The South would not have won the Civil War against the North for several practical factors. The North had a population of some 22 million Americans, while the South dwarfed at 9 million, and 4 of those were slaves. The man power needed to consistently fight battles and lose men, either dead or wounded, would have depleted the South's fighting numbers a lot sooner than the North's. Manufacturing capabilities were also stronger in the North than the South. For example, the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia, was manufacturing weapons for the war, specifically rifles, months behind in numbers to the North which produced an equal amount of guns in just a couple of weeks.
Subject: European History
How did the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation affect the relationship between England and the Catholic Church?
The Reformation, launched in 1519 by German monk Martin Luther, eventually made its way across the English Channel from continental Europe in the form of a complete split between the English throne of Henry VIII and the Catholic Church back in Rome. However, this was not a move in defense of Protestantism. King Henry, looking to divorce his wife, was angered by the pope's refusal to annul his marriage, and so opted instead to break from the Vatican and create the Church of England in 1534, officially setting his monarchy on a religious course not dictated by the Roman Catholic Church. The English split from Rome fell in line with other European protests against the papacy.
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