Return of the Gar

Author: Mark Spitzer
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574415999
Format: PDF, Docs
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The alligator gar belongs to a family of fish that has remained fundamentally unchanged since the Cretaceous, over 100 million years ago. Its intimidating size and plethora of teeth have made it demonized throughout its range in North America, resulting in needless killing. Massive oil spills in its breeding range have not helped its population either. Interspersing science, folklore, history, and action-packed fishing narratives, Spitzer's empathy for and fascination with this air-breathing, armored fish provides for an entertaining odyssey that examines management efforts to preserve and propagate the alligator gar in the United States. Spitzer also travels to Central America, Thailand, and Mexico to assess the global gar situation. He reflects on what is and isn't working in compromised environments, then makes a case for conservation based on personal experience and a love for wildness for its own sake. This colorful portrait of the alligator gar can serve as a metaphor and measurement for the future of our biodiversity during a time of planetary crisis.

Willa Cather and the American Southwest

Author: John N. Swift
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803293168
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The American Southwest was arguably as formative a landscape for Willa Cather?s aesthetic vision as was her beloved Nebraska. Both landscapes elicited in her a sense of raw incompleteness. They seemed not so much finished places as things unassembled, more like countries ?still waiting to be made into [a] landscape.? Cather?s fascination with the Southwest led to its presence as a significant setting in three of her most ambitious novels: The Song of the Lark, The Professor?s House, and Death Comes for the Archbishop. This volume focuses a sharp eye on how the landscape of the American Southwest served Cather creatively and the ways it shaped her research and productivity. No single scholarly methodology prevails in the essays gathered here, giving the volume rare depth and complexity.

The Return of the Buddha

Author: Himanshu Prabha Ray
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317560051
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The Return of the Buddha traces the development of Buddhist archaeology in colonial India, examines its impact on the reconstruction of India’s Buddhist past, and the making of a public and academic discourse around these archaeological discoveries. The book discusses the role of the state and modern Buddhist institutions in the reconstitution of national heritage through promulgation of laws for the protection of Buddhist monuments, acquiring of land around the sites, restoration of edifices, and organization of the display and dissemination of relics. It also highlights the engagement of prominent Indian figures, such as Nehru, Gandhi, Ambedkar, and Tagore, with Buddhist themes in their writings. Stressing upon the lasting legacy of Buddhism in independent India, the author explores the use of Buddhist symbols and imagery in nation-building and the making of the constitution, as also the recent efforts to resurrect Buddhist centers of learning such as Nalanda. With rich archival sources, the book will immensely interest scholars, researchers and students of modern Indian history, culture, archaeology, Buddhist studies, and heritage management.

Colonial England 1066 1215

Author: J. C. Holt
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1852851406
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The process of colonisation that followed the Norman Conquest defined much of the history of England over the next 150 years, structurally altering the distribution of land and power in society. This theme is defined in a previously unpublished lecture on Colonial England, given in 1994, but it runs through all the sixteen essays in this collection. J.C. Holt's subjects include Domesday Book, the establishment of knight-service, aristocratic structures and nomenclature, the relation of family to property, security of title and inheritance, among other matters. He comments on the work of Maitland, Round and Stenton and ends with studies of the treaty of Winchester (1153), the rasus regis, and Magna Carta.

Journeying in MacDougall Country

Author: Walter Macdougall
ISBN: 0615177891
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Walk the glens and hills of the highlands with Walter Marshall Macdougall, enthusiastic tourist, investigative researcher, and spirited Highlander. With kinsfolk and friends, including the 30th Chief of Clan MacDougall, he traces the historical and cultural roads of the clan throughout the ancient territory of Somerled. After years of studying clan history and corresponding with Scottish kin, the author's dream of journeying to MacDougall Country became a reality. In Journeying in MacDougall Country, his journal notes and sketches are supplemented with maps, historical notes, and geographical information to form a unique illustrated travel guide for all who wish to explore this country and its people. "This beautifully written book should give tremendous pleasure to many." ~ Coline MacDougall of MacDougall, 30th Chief."A delight in store for many and a 'must read' for MacDougall clansfolk." ~ Morag MacDougall of MacDougall, 31st Chief.