" One may be continually abusive without saying any thing just; but one cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty. "
Jane Austen

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Hugh Capet Crowned King of France

Capet, son of Hugh the Great, was king of France from 987 to 996. He was the first of the Capetians, the royal house that ruled France until 1328. After the death of the Carolingian king of France, the nobles and prelates elected him king, setting aside the Carolingian claimant, Charles I of Lower Lorraine. He later became involved in a controversy with the papacy over the deposition of the Carolingian archbishop of Reims. Today, the Capetian dynasty is head of state in what country?



The Harappan Civilization

The Harappan civilization is the name given to the mature phase of the Indus Valley civilization, an ancient society that inhabited the Indus and Ghaggar-Hakra river valleys in what is now Pakistan and western India. Named after its city of Harappa, the civilization flourished from 2600 to 1900 BCE, developing a technologically advanced urban culture that was likely the result of efficient planning and a government that emphasized hygiene. What modern convenience first developed in its cities?

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Franz Kafka

Despite the fact that he published only a few short works during his lifetime, Kafka is regarded as one of the most influential 20th-century writers. In prose remarkable for its clarity and precision, Kafka presents a world that is at once real and dreamlike and in which individuals burdened with guilt, isolation, and anxiety make a futile search for personal salvation under the crushing weight of bureaucracy. What happened to some of Kafka's unpublished works after his death?

Last updated on Thursday, 3rd July 2008

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