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Chinese Communist Army Begins the Long March

The Long March was a crucial event in the rise of the Chinese Communist state. Facing annihilation from Chang Kai-shek's Kuomintang (KMT) Army, the Communists retreated some 9,660 km (6,000 miles) in 370 days. Though the Long March was technically a tactical defeat, it allowed the Communists to avoid destruction. Mao Zedong's forces later regrouped and defeated the KMT after WWII. What were the Eight Points of Attention followed by the soldiers during the Long March?



The Persistence of Memory

Salvador Dalí remains one of the most important painters of both the surrealist movement and the 20th c. Influenced by Freud's psychoanalytic theories and dream studies, he developed a repertoire of striking, dreamlike, distorted images in a style he termed ‘hand-painted dream photographs.' The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí's most famous work, depicts 4 soft, melting pocket watches. How is this imagery generally interpreted?

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David Ben-Gurion

Ben-Gurion was an Israeli statesman and one of the founders of the state of Israel. Born in Russian Poland, he witnessed the religious persecution of the minority Jewish population and vowed to work toward an independent Jewish state. A founder and leader of the Labor (Mapai) party and an early leader of the trade union Histadrut, he became the first prime minister of the state of Israel. What was Ben-Gurion's stance on the Irgun's planned King David hotel bombing?

Last updated on Tuesday, 16th October 2007

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