" One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum. "
Sir Walter Scott

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Gone with the Wind Published

Gone with the Wind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novel by Margaret Mitchell, tells the story of a rebellious Georgia woman named Scarlett O'Hara. It presents a detailed view of her complex relationships with family and friends and her struggle to survive in the American South before, during, and after the Civil War. Many regard the book as having a strong ideological commitment to the cause of the Confederacy. Why was Mitchell's book the subject of a 2001 court case?



Buddhas of Bamyan

Once the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world, the Buddhas of Bamyan were two monumental statues carved into the side of a cliff in Afghanistan's Bamyan Valley. Built during the 6th century, the statues were destroyed in 2001 by the Islamist Taliban government, which decreed that the figures were idolatrous and bombarded them with dynamite and tank barrages for nearly a month. The Afghan government has since proposed that the statues be recreated using what technologies?

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Paul François Jean Nicolas, Vicomte de Barras

Barras was a Provençal nobleman who became disenchanted with the royal regime and welcomed the French Revolution. Elected to the National Convention, he played a key role in the overthrow of Maximilien Robespierre and emerged as the commander of the army of the interior and the police. In 1795, he suppressed a royalist uprising by turning the troops over to a young officer in whose marriage he later played a role. Who was this officer?

Last updated on Tuesday, 30th June 2009

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