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Virginia Woolf

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Suez Canal Crisis Begins

After Great Britain and the US withdrew their pledges of financial support to help Egypt build the Aswan High Dam, Egyptian President Gamal Abdal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. The move angered both Britain and France, countries that had direct financial stakes in the canal. A joint invasion of Egypt ensued, but the US forced a settlement stipulating the withdrawal of foreign troops in exchange for an open canal. What was "Operation Musketeer" and why was it not entirely successful?




Bushido, which means "way of the warrior," is a code of honor and conduct of the Japanese nobility. Of ancient origin, the code emphasized loyalty to one's superiors, personal honor, austerity, self-sacrifice, and indifference to pain. The code was first formulated in the Kamakura period, but the term itself did not come into use until the 17th century. It became the standard of conduct for the daimyo and samurai. What is "seppuku?"

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Joseph Goebbels

Goebbels was the infamous Minister of Propaganda during the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler. He was responsible for using mass communication to indoctrinate the German people into a culture of Nazism, racism, and militarism. "The Goebbels technique" is the name given to his policy of repeating a lie until it is taken to be the truth. After Germany's defeat, Goebbels killed himself and his family. What was the name of the novel he tried to publish as a journalist?

Last updated on Sunday, 29th October 2006

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