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"WORLDVIEW: CROSS-CULTURAL EXPLORATION OF HUMAN BELIEFS."
Analysis of Ninian Smart's 1995 book. Major components behind the modern study of religion. Author's contention that the study of religion will clarify the themes and patterns that define social continuity and change. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, secularism. Six dimensions of all religions: doctrine, mythic, ethic, ritual, experiential, social.
In the book, Worldview: Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs (1995), author Ninian Smart attempts to introduce readers to the major components... more
8 pages | 1 sources | 21 citations | APA citation style

Price: $16.00

"THE PERFECT STORM."
Discusses Sebastian Junger's book on the 1991 Northeaster. Causes of the disastrous sinking of the swordfishing boat, the Andrea Gail. Role played by the competitive nature of the swordfishing industry and its seasonal nature. Market conditions of the industry and high level of danger. Limits of technology; problem of "eyeball engineering."
Sebastian Junger
The Perfect Storm
The swordfishing boat the Andrea Gail sank in a treacherous storm known as a nor’easter in October,... more
4 pages | 1 sources | 10 citations | MLA citation style

Price: $12.00

"LIFE AND FOOD IN THE CARIBBEAN."
Review of Christine Machie's 1991 book. The intertwining of history, culture and food. Unique experiences of the oppressed cultures of the region. How the conditions and foods of the various cultures express a cultural identity for each. The polyphonic cuisine of Caribbean history and mixed cultures. Impact of European colonization and exploitation.
Christine Mackie
Life and Food in the Caribbean
In Christine Mackie’s (1991) Life and Food in the Caribbean, it is demonstrated how... more
3 pages | 1 sources | 5 citations | APA citation style

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"INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT.: (John L. Larson).
Critique of Larson's book. Analysis of national public works and the promise of popular government in the early United States. Focus on states' rights and Federal-State relationships. Larson's discussion of whether the U.S. would be better off with national planning of internal improvements instread of leaving these to the States.
Critique of Internal Improvement: National Public Works
and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States by John Lauritz... more
4 pages | 1 sources | 3 citations | APA citation style

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"THE AUTUMN OF THE MIDDLE AGES."
Analysis of Johan Huizenga's book. End of the Middle Ages, and the end of an era known as the Dark Ages. His thesis that the Middle Ages brought a negativity to love. The role of symbolism, and its use by the medieval Church; the lack of imagination. Anti-intellectualism of the period.
THE AUTUMN OF THE MIDDLE AGES
To most of us, this was a period often referred to as “The Dark Ages”. It was a time of lean intellectual... more
8 pages | 1 sources | 17 citations | MLA citation style

Price: $8.00

"MAN, PLAY, AND GAMES."
Analysis of Roger Caillois' book. Caillois thesis that although play is pure waste, it is an essential part of human social and spiritual development. How games become part of daily life, and their contributions to society and cultures. Definitions of play, and classification of types of games. Free play versus rules of games.
The author begins with a statement of the meaning of play offered by Huizinga, a definition that Caillois says is both too broad and too narrow; that... more
2 pages | 1 sources | 7 citations | APA citation style

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"EDGEWALKERS: DEFUSING CULTURAL BOUNDARIES ON THE NEW GLOBAL FRONTIER."
Critique of Nina Boyd Krebs' book. Her thesis that the USA is undergoing a profound cultural crisis. Mainstream versus alternative ethnic, social or spiritual groups. Variety of individual experience. The paradox of multiple identities, and walking the edge between two cultures. Analysis of edgewalking and personal narratives of edgewalkers.
This research reviews the book Edgewalkers by Nina Boyd Krebs. Edgewalkers is Krebs's response to what she perceives as a profound cultural crisis in... more
3 pages | 1 sources | 6 citations | MLA citation style

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"THE AUTUMN OF THE MIDDLE AGES." (Johan Huizinga).
Discussion of the book on life in the 14th & 15th centuries. Focuses on beliefs and art in France and the Netherlands. Quality of Medieval life. The new spirit that emerged at the end of the Medieval period. Meaning of religion in the Middle Ages. Literary & visual arts transitions.
Johan Huizinga’s The Autumn of the Middle Ages
Johan Huizinga (p. 1) introduces his portrait of life, thought, and art in fourteenth and... more
4 pages | 1 sources | 7 citations | MLA citation style

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"THE ROCKET BOYS."
Discussion of H.H. Hickam's book. The dream of Hickam and his friends to build a rocket and have a place in the U.S. Space Program. How their rocket was built. Entry in the National Science Fair. Winning a gold and silver medal. The realization of his dream when he became a NASA engineer.
THE ROCKET BOYS
Boys always dreamed of getting off the ground. Kites, model airplanes, balloons, whatever could me made in their rooms or... more
5 pages | 1 sources | 11 citations | APA citation style

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"THE BUDDHA AND THE CHRIST: EXPLORATIONS IN BUDDHIST AND CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE."
Discusses Leo D. Lefebure's book. The commonalities and differences that exist between Christianity and Buddhism. Author's use of basic stories of the lives of Buddha and Jesus. Miraculous type births; wilderness experience. Different paths of followers of each faith. The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path for Buddha. The Sermon on the Mount of Jesus.
Introduction
Living in a pluralistic society, surrounded by a diversity of peoples, cultures, and religions is a rich and vibrant experience. In... more
5 pages | 1 sources | 10 citations | APA citation style

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