Wahhabism: Principles and Criticisms

Wahhabism: Principles and Criticisms

Religious leader and theologian Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab from the eighteenth century started a movement in the region of Najd intended to reform Sunni Islam, particularly to denounce practices concerning the veneration of saints and the visiting of their tombs and shrines, as well as the unhindered interpretation of Islamic teachings. To propagate his teachings […]

Explainer: The Abdication of King Edward VIII

Explainer: The Abdication of King Edward VIII

Prince Edward effectively became King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and the Emperor of India when his father, King George V, died on 20 January 1936. However, his reign lasted only 11 months when he abdicated the throne on 11 December 1936, thus leading to the ascension […]

Role of King George VI During World War 2

Role of King George VI During World War 2

King George VI became the King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth on 11 December 1936 after the abdication of his older brother, King Edward VIII, who later became the Duke of Windsor. Although his ascension to the throne came as a surprise, he became the symbol of British determination […]

The Role of Queen Elizabeth II in World War II

The Role of Queen Elizabeth II in World War 2

The United Kingdom and the self-governing Dominions other than Ireland entered the Second World War in September 1939 when they declared war on Nazi Germany. Reigning monarch King George VI and his family resolved to stay in London despite bombing raids from the German forces and against the advice of British government officials. Lord Hailsham […]

Difference Between the Holy See and Vatican City

Difference Between the Holy See and Vatican City

The Holy See and Vatican City are often intermixed. Numerous people would refer to the Vatican City as the See of Rome. Of course, this is inevitable. The independent city-state is home to the Holy See and, thus, remains at the center of Roman Catholicism. In addition, the confusion is made worse by the fact […]

Supply-Side Economics vs. Demand-Side Economics

Supply-Side Economics vs. Demand-Side Economics

Two competing macroeconomic theories dominate modern economic policies and the field of political economy. These are supply-side economics and demand-side economics. Supply-side economics is a macroeconomic theory arguing that economic growth is made possible through programs or initiatives aimed at promoting production and thus, flooding the market with supplies of products goods and services. On […]

Manifest Destiny: Origin and Definition

Lexical Origins: Where Did The Term “Manifest Destiny” Originate? Historians have attributed the origin of the term “manifest destiny” to newspaper editor and Democratic Party advocate John O’Sullivan. Accordingly, he specifically coined the term in 1845 to promote the annexation of Texas and the Oregon Country to the United States. Note that he first used […]

The Causes of the American Revolution

Simplified: Causes of the American Revolution

The American Revolution that spanned from 1765 to 1783 was a sociopolitical movement and upheaval characterized by a manifested attempt of American colonials from the Thirteen Colonies to challenge the authority of the British Empire. Aside from civic actions, public demonstrations, and economic maneuvering, the revolution included the American Revolutionary War that lasted from 1775 […]

Difference Between Colonialism and Imperialism

Difference Between Colonialism and Imperialism

The terms “colonialism” and “imperialism” have been used interchangeably outside academic discourse. However, scholars have maintained that these two should be used separately because they have their own distinctive definitions. Colonialism vs. Imperialism: The Difference The word “colonialism” comes from the English word “colony,” which in turn, comes from “colonus,” the Latin word for farmer. […]

What is Forum Shopping?

Forum shopping is an informal term used to describe the practice of lawyers, as well as of plaintiffs or defendants, having their cases heard in a court that they think would provide them the most favorable judgment. There are many ways to “shop” for a favorable court judgment. One of the most popular ones is […]