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Joking Apart

A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

Germany

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Jürgen Förster, Charles Messenger (Armed Forces), and Wolfgang Petter (Culture)

The Oxford Companion to World War II

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2003
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History, Military History, Social sciences, Warfare and Defence
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...and to act against their supreme commander. The increasing number of defeats on all fronts after 1942–3 helped the conspirators to win sympathisers for their cause. More were prepared to follow suit after someone else had successfully attempted a coup d'état . A Berlin joke of 1944 reflects the attitude of the general public: ‘I'd rather believe in victory than run around with my head cut off.’ historiography tries to define different forms of resistance to Nazism: political opposition, social non-conformity, and ideological dissidence. They can...

intelligence, military

intelligence, military   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Military History

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2004

...military Among the hoariest military jokes is that these two words are a contradiction in terms. Military intelligence means information, usually but not exclusively about the enemy, and without both information and the cerebral intelligence to make proper use of it, any commander is halfway to defeat. Among the obstacles that good intelligence must overcome in order to be applied are prejudice, as in US Secretary of State Stimson's statement that ‘gentlemen do not read each other's mail’, preconceptions in the commander's mind that will shut it...

War Art

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (2 ed.)

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2009

...Others, such as George Lambert in the First World War and Murray Griffin and Louis Kahan in the Second, made drawings of fellow soldiers as gifts for them to send home to relatives and as a means of achieving a small measure of immortality. Still others created visual jokes about the situation, drawings to entertain their mates and to help them momentarily forget the horrors of war. Some made paintings because visual ideas about the war preoccupied them: Lambert remarked: I must go on painting Palestine subjects, not because there is a readier market...

Intelligence and International Security

Intelligence and International Security   Reference library

Richard J. Aldrich

The International Studies Encyclopedia

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2017
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Social sciences, Politics, Warfare and Defence
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...has not been lost on the practitioners themselves down the years. When Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States in September 1959 , Allen Dulles , the Director of Central Intelligence, suggested cheekily, “maybe we should pool our efforts.” Khrushchev enjoyed the joke and replied, “We should buy our intelligence data together and save money – we’d have to pay the people only once!” ( Grose 1995 :467–8). It was no coincidence that embryonic discussions of the Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe in the 1970s quickly incorporated the...

What is Development?

What is Development?   Reference library

Gustavo Esteva

The International Studies Encyclopedia

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2017
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Social sciences, Politics, Warfare and Defence
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...the theory and the practice of post-development ( Ziai 2007 ). A rumor is currently roaming around barrios , pueblos , neighborhoods, and towns – wherever the cancer of development or redevelopment is perceived as such by the people. The rumor is expressed in gossip, jokes, half-words, winks, smiles, a rumor nobody can spell out. What if…? People spreading the rumor are often invisible; at other times seen as the “problem” and the object of development. They have been portrayed as the ugly face of modern society, useless hand-me-downs of nothing and...

International Organizations and Criminal Justice

International Organizations and Criminal Justice   Reference library

Adam M. Smith

The International Studies Encyclopedia

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2017
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Social sciences, Politics, Warfare and Defence
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...Banja Luca, in Bosnia-Herzegovina [but was not arrested]. Another got drunk over a bad conscience and tried to turn himself in at a Dutch checkpoint but was turned away because his picture didn’t appear on the tribunal’s “wanted poster.” Still another reportedly thought it a big joke that he passed through an American checkpoint every day with a military ID card that clearly named him […]. Meanwhile […] wanted war criminals […] were seen every day on the streets of the cities of Pale and Han Pijesek, in the French and American sectors respectively. In another...

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