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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Landscape History: The Countryside

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H. S. A. Fox

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
6,175 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...no weaker than the inferences which historians are frequently forced to make from oblique or patchy documentary evidence, yet it must be added that they are still mistrusted in some circles, perhaps because some practitioners have erred on the wild side. That mistrust would be dispelled if we were able to construct a typological atlas of landscape evidence, explaining each category, its value, and the limits of the inferences which may be drawn from it. The writing of landscape history also poses challenges. One poor type of writing is the catalogue. For...

Consumerism

Consumerism   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
3,809 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...toys, games, and jigsaw puzzles for children had become common. Not least, diet was more varied, with a greater range of fruit and vegetables. People owned more changes of clothes, particularly with the growing availability of cheaper calicoes and cottons. Efficient oil-lamps dispelled the age-old stygian gloom; gas lighting arrived with the new century, soon to be followed by railway travel and the electric telegraph. Outside the home, urban space was being spruced up. In many towns, straight, well-demarcated streets replaced the labyrinthine old warrens of...

Literary Theory

Literary Theory   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
4,935 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...to Peacock, ‘a semi-barbarian in a civilized community’ because his craft belongs in a society where imagination and feeling are the only index to reality. Where Wordsworth turns to the poet to heal wounds inflicted by civilization, Peacock turns to the scientist and historian to dispel the merely subjective pronouncements of the poet. For Peacock, the literature of knowledge acts on the literature of power as an agent of disenchantment, a position which * Byron sketched in his suppressed Preface to Don Juan ( 1819–24 ) and put into practice in the rest of...

Franco-Prussian War

Franco-Prussian War (1870–71)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
History
Length:
215 words

...marching to relieve Metz, was comprehensively defeated by Moltke at Sedan. Napoleon was captured and, discredited in the eyes of the French, ceased to be emperor. Bismarck refused to make peace, and in September the siege of Paris began. Hopes of a French counterattack were dispelled when Bazaine surrendered at Metz and Paris finally gave way in January 1871 . An armistice was granted by Bismarck, and a national assembly elected to ratify the peace, but the population of Paris refused to lay down arms and in March 1871 rose in revolt and set up the ...

Spielberg, Steven

Spielberg, Steven (1947– )   Quick reference

Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History
Length:
410 words

...films, The Color Purple ( 1985 ) and Empire of the Sun ( 1988 ). Neither was particularly successful at the box office, and Hook ( 1991 ), an expensive reworking of Peter Pan , proved a massive failure. However, any thought that Spielberg might have lost his touch was dispelled by the two very different films he released in 1993 – Jurassic Park , a spectacular adventure story featuring computer-animated dinosaurs, and Schindler's List , a sober and harrowing story of the Holocaust. The former broke all previous box-office records (and spawned a...

KripAlani, Sucheta

KripAlani, Sucheta (1908–1974)   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
History
Length:
574 words

...political decisions, she was largely a figurehead. Sucheta Kripalani had, however, been transgressive in her own life. She joined politics in spite of her husband's disapproval. During the nationalist movement she performed individual satyagraha and courted arrest in 1941 to dispel a feeling of inferiority to the male party members. In 1951 she proved her political independence by rejoining the congress after a brief parting even as her husband remained in the Praja Socialist Party. Nevertheless, it is problematic to see Kripalani as an inspiring figure...

Vélez de Escalante, Silvestre

Vélez de Escalante, Silvestre (c. 1750–1780)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to World Exploration

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History
Length:
623 words

...Monterey diminished. On October 8 , shivering in a chill wind and noting snow-covered mountains on the horizon, they gave up their quest for Monterey. Although failing in that mission, the expedition succeeded in opening European eyes to the realities of the Great Basin, dispelling belief in the existence of a vast inland sea or lake with an outlet on the Pacific Ocean. On their return trek they rediscovered the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, first sighted by white men on Coronado's expedition of 1540 , at a ford later called Crossing of the...

Henry the Navigator

Henry the Navigator (1394–1460)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to World Exploration

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History
Length:
1,277 words

...lands beyond it held them back. This impasse was overcome only in 1434 , when Gil Eanes rounded the Cape on his second southbound voyage. The subsequent expeditions of Gil Eanes and Afonso Baldaia proved that the Atlantic coast of the Sahara Desert was indeed inhabited, dispelling previous misconceptions. Earlier scholars have interpreted Zurara's narrative as a proof of Henry's great vision and foresight, but it is much more likely that the expeditions were a by-product of Henry's pirating activities against Moroccan shipping and coastal settlements....

Herodotus

Herodotus (c. 485–c. 420b.c.e.   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to World Exploration

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History
Length:
1,097 words

...of Miletus—explicitly, in matters such as the shape and structure of the earth, the boundaries of the continents, and such mysterious phenomena as the yearly summer flooding of the Nile. He seemed to regard himself in these passages as an empirically minded reformer, dispelling the speculative theories of the Ionian philosophers by means of his own observations or the information he has gleaned from others. Moreover, his rudimentary scientific method led him to distinguish these two categories of data as opsis , that which he had seen with his own...

Salem Witchcraft Trials

Salem Witchcraft Trials   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
History
Length:
1,588 words
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...Rosenthal, Bernard . Salem Story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692 . Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Rosenthal reordered the main cache of evidence, The Salem Witchcraft Papers (1938), chronologically, and by reading the records in a more precise way, he has dispelled some of the pervasive myths about Salem. Elizabeth...

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