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Today in History with a Twist: August 27, 2013

There will be Peace in our time!

     Fifteen key nations today (1928) signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact that outlaws war.  All disputes will be settled by an international committee.  Up to 46 other countries are considering signing.  Can you believe it NO MORE WAR!

     Something much more believable it's Banana Lovers Day!  Today we celebrate one of the most popular fruits in the world.  Did you know that the average person eats about 33 pounds of bananas a year?  That's approximately 100 individual bananas per person!  Bananas are high in fiber and potassium.  These properties can help prevent calcium loss, ulcers, high blood pressure, and certain kinds of cancer.  Although bananas are often pictured as growing on trees, the banana “tree” is actually an herb.  The banana is the fruit of this herb. (Punchbowl.com)

     The Great War has come to The Americas (1918).  U.S. Army forces skirmished against Mexican Carrancistas reportedly supported by German advisors at the border town of Ambos Nogales.  It was a lopsided victory for the Americans with over two hundred Mexicans being killed and only four Americans.  Not only did the Mexicans choose the wrong side but are coming into the game a little late aren't they?

      News is not so good from Brooklyn where British forces under General William Howe have defeated an American force commanded by General George Washington (1776) at the Battle of Long Island.  The battle was poorly fought by Washington but he masterfully extracted his army so that it could fight another day.  Looks like he needs to work on his offensive game.

     News from Rome is that the Visigoths have ended their three day sacking of Rome (410).  Oh, how the mighty have fallen. 1232 - The Formulary of Adjudications is promulgated by Regent Hōjō Yasutoki.

     The legal code brings formal law to Japan, it's no longer up to the whim of the Emperor.  I don't know, with what lawyers have done to our legal system maybe that's not such a good thing.

     Close call today (2003) when Mars passed within 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) of Earth the closest it has come in nearly 60,000 years.  Whew dodged a bullet there.

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

     1770 - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher (d. 1831) - Gave Marx most of his ideas.

     1874 - Carl Bosch - German chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940) - Founded I.G. Farben, fortunately for him he didn't see the war bring down his empire. Too bad they had to shut down the jump on elevators in the old I.G. Farben building they were unique.

     1908 - Lyndon B. Johnson - 36th President (d. 1973) - Probably would have been successful if he wasn't such a micro-manager.

To find out more about the above topics Check out the following books from our collection:


The Biography of Bananas by Rachel Eagen
Amazon Says: Explains the history of bananas, where they are grown, how they are harvested, and the different varieties. more...
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Amazon Says: Most overviews of American history depict an isolationist country finally dragged kicking and screaming onto the world stage by the attack on Pearl Harbor. David Hendrickson s more...
Amazon Says: Most overviews of American history depict an isolationist country finally dragged kicking and screaming onto the world stage by the attack on Pearl Harbor. David Hendrickson shows that Americans instead conducted often-raucous debates over international relations in the long epoch customarily seen as isolationist-debates that form the ideological origins of today's foreign policy arguments. Union, Nation, or Empire is a sequel to Hendrickson's acclaimed Peace Pact, in which he identified a "unionist paradigm" that defined America's political understanding in 1787. His new book examines how that paradigm was transformed under the impact of the great wars that followed. Through skillfully drawn portraits of American statesmen, from Hamilton and Jefferson to Wilson and the two Roosevelts, Hendrickson reveals "union, nation, and empire" as fundamental categories of political discourse that have shaped our engagement with the world since 1776. Hendrickson argues that the ongoing debate over union, nation, and empire in American history encompasses and illuminates the great questions of international relations—such as whether democracies are as prone to war as monarchies, whether trade promotes peace, or whether empire is compatible with free institutions. Setting these debates in the context of historical events, from the birth of our federal government to America's entry into World War II, he shows the significance of the federal union in our history and demonstrates that internationalism has deep roots in America's past. His assessment of the unionist tradition, in counterpoint to rival ideologies of nationalism and imperialism, includes new insights into the causes of the Civil War and shows how after that conflict the building blocks of the original paradigm were reconstructed to shape the internationalist persuasion in the twentieth century. Deftly combining intellectual, constitutional, and diplomatic history, this gracefully written work revives the compelling rhetoric of yesterday's statesmen to offer readers a lucid narrative of American international thought. It challenges accepted interpretations of our role in the world as it restores the federal union to its proper place in the understanding of American statecraft. less...
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Amazon Says: Washington and Cornwallis is a gripping narrative of the defeats and narrow victories that won the States' independence from the English crown. Patterson chronicles the battle more...
Amazon Says: Washington and Cornwallis is a gripping narrative of the defeats and narrow victories that won the States' independence from the English crown. Patterson chronicles the battles waged between General George Washington and Lieutenant General Charles Lord Cornwallis, and examines their methods of command and their controversial military decisions, and ultimately brings into focus the personalities of these two pivotal Revolutionary War generals. less...
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Amazon Says: In the 250 years between 250 and 500 C.E., Rome found itself transformed from a mighty global empire into a limited collection of Germanic kingdoms. The aspiration exhibited i more...
Amazon Says: In the 250 years between 250 and 500 C.E., Rome found itself transformed from a mighty global empire into a limited collection of Germanic kingdoms. The aspiration exhibited in these kingdoms (as well as in Constantinople and later in the person of Charlemagne) to recreate and reclaim the glory of the Roman Empire persists to this day, and an examination of this time is critical to anyone interested in politics or history. James Ermatinger's multifaceted account allows the reader a unique opportunity to view through various lenses the many and complex elements that contributed to the demise of this once-vast empire, investigating, among other things: the general religious and political issues of the age, the cultural and economic climate, the nature of the imperial household, and the role of the Germanic invaders. In so doing, he paints a vivid picture of a dying dream. This volume is ideal for use in the classroom, as well as for use in school and public libraries.Designed as an accessible introduction to this critical period, The Decline and Fall of Rome offers readers and researchers an appealing mix of descriptive chapters, biographical sketches, and annotated primary documents. An overview of the period is presented in the introduction, and is followed by chapters on late Roman culture, society, and economics in late antiquity; religious conflicts in Christian Rome; enemies of Rome; and why and when Rome fell. The narrative chapters conclude with a section placing Rome's fall in modern perspective. An annotated bibliography and index are included. less...
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Amazon Says: In a rare collection of comprehensive coverage and sustained critical focus, this book examines Japanese history in its entirety to identify the factors underlying the nation' more...
Amazon Says: In a rare collection of comprehensive coverage and sustained critical focus, this book examines Japanese history in its entirety to identify the factors underlying the nation's progression to superpower status. Japan's achievement is explained not merely in economic terms, but at a more fundamental level, as a product of historical patterns of response to circumstance. Japan is shown to be a nation historically impelled by a pragmatic determination to succeed. The book also highlights unresolved questions and little known facts. less...
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Amazon Says: In December 1996, NASA''s Pathfinder was laun ched on a 310 million mile course that heralded a new era of space exploration. This book showcases the most dramatic im ages fro more...
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Amazon Says: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, perhaps the most influential of all German philosophers, made one of the last great attempts to develop philosophy as an all-embracing scientifi more...
Amazon Says: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, perhaps the most influential of all German philosophers, made one of the last great attempts to develop philosophy as an all-embracing scientific system. This system places Hegel among the “classical” philosophers — Aristotle, Aquinas, Spinoza — who also attempted to build grand conceptual edifices. In this study, available for the first time in paperback, Howard P. Kainz emphasizes the uniqueness of Hegel's system by focusing on his methodology, terminology, metaphorical and paradoxical language, and his special contributions to metaphysics, the philosophy of nature, philosophical anthropology, and other areas. Kainz focuses on Hegel's system as a whole and its seminal ideas, making generous use of representative texts. He gives special attention to the interrelationship between dialectical methodology and paradoxical propositions; the prevalence of metaphor in the philosophy of nature; and the close interrelationship between Christian doctrine and Hegelian speculation. A rich array of diagrams and tables further elucidates Kainz's analyses. An ideal text for the student of philosophy coming to Hegel for the first time, G. W. F. Hegel provides the reader with useful insights into Hegel's work and illuminates Hegel's enduring significance in the late twentieth century. less...
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Amazon Says: A sweeping history of tragic genius, cutting-edge science, and the discovery that changed billions of lives—including your own. At the dawn of the twentieth century, humani more...
Amazon Says: A sweeping history of tragic genius, cutting-edge science, and the discovery that changed billions of lives—including your own. At the dawn of the twentieth century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the world’s scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives. Their invention continues to feed us today; without it, more than two billion people would starve. But their epochal triumph came at a price we are still paying. The Haber-Bosch process was also used to make the gunpowder and high explosives that killed millions during the two world wars. Both men were vilified during their lives; both, disillusioned and disgraced, died tragically. Today we face the other un­intended consequences of their discovery—massive nitrogen pollution and a growing pandemic of obesity. The Alchemy of Air is the extraordinary, previously untold story of two master scientists who saved the world only to lose everything and of the unforseen results of a discovery that continues to shape our lives in the most fundamental and dramatic of ways. less...
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Lyndon Baines Johnson by Dennis Eskow
Amazon Says: Examines the life and political career of Lyndon B. Johnson, and explains how his foreign policy failures overrode the successes of his domestic programs. more...
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