The kite is an aircraft restrained by a towline that derives its lift from the aerodynamic action of the wind flowing across it. The apparatus consists of a stabilizing tail and light framework across which paper or thin material is stretched. It has been popular in China and East Asia for centuries. In the 18th c, Alexander Wilson used kites to obtain meteorological readings, and Benjamin Franklin used them to study lightning. Where is kite fighting a popular activity?
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The Kellogg-Briand Pact was an agreement between the US and France to renounce war and seek settlement of disputes by peaceful means. It took its name from US Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg and French foreign minister Aristide Briand. Numerous other nations subsequently signed the pact, and some successes were achieved in settling disputes. The pact made no provision for measures against aggressors, however, and proved ineffective in the 1930s. What role did it play in the Nuremberg Trials?
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Hegel was a German philosopher who developed the Hegelian dialectic, in which one concept (thesis) inevitably generates its opposite (antithesis), and the interaction of these leads to a new concept (synthesis). He used the dialectic to explain everything from logic to nature, politics to art. Hegel has influenced many subsequent philosophiesâ€”post-Hegelian idealism, the existentialism of Kierkegaard and Sartre, and Marx's socialism. How did he describe the French Revolution and Reign of Terror?