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The San Antonio Missions And Their System Of Land Tenure - F. (c)lix D. Jr. Almar

San Antonio, Texas, is unique among North American cities in having five former Spanish missions: San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo; founded in 1718), San José y San Miguel de Aguayo (1720), Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña (1731),......

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From Ikaria To The Stars: Classical Mythification, Ancient And Modern - Peter Green

"I hadn't, till I really started digging, gauged the fierce intensity of the need for myth in the human psyche, of any age, or sensed the variety of motives dictating that need," writes Peter Green in the introduction to this wide-ranging collecti......

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Watching Television Come Of Age: The New York Times Reviews By Jack Gould

Providing video companionship for isolated housewives, afternoon babysitting for children, and nonstop evening entertainment for the whole family, television revolutionized American society in the post-World War II years. Helping the first TV gene......

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The Language Of The Inka Since The European Invasion - Bruce Mannheim

The Inka empire, Tawantinsuyu, fell to Spanish invaders within a year's time (1532-1533), but Quechua, the language of the Inka, is still the primary or only language of millions of Inka descendants throughout the southern Andes. In this innovativ......

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Craft And The Kingly Ideal: Art, Trade, And Power - Mary W. Helms

In ancient Mediterranean cultures, diamonds were thought to endow their owners with invincibility. In contemporary United States culture, a foreign-made luxury car is believed to give its owner status and prestige. Where do these beliefs come from......

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Sketches Of Early Texas And Louisiana - Frédéric Gaillardet

A lively report of travels in early nineteenth-century Texas and Louisiana and a fascinating account of the discovery, exploration, and settlement of those areas is presented in the work of this ebullient young French dramatist and journalist who ......

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Violence And Culture In The Antebellum South - . Jr. Bruce, Dickson D

This provocative book draws from a variety of sources-literature, politics, folklore, social history-to attempt to set Southern beliefs about violence in a cultural context. According to Dickson D. Bruce, the control of violence was a central conc......

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The Livelihood Of Kin: Making Ends Meet "the Kentucky Way" - Rhoda H. Halperin

Rural Appalachians in Kentucky call it "The Kentucky Way"-making a living by doing many kinds of paid and unpaid work and sharing their resources within extended family networks. In fact, these strategies are practiced by rural people in many part......

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Roman Military Law - C. E. Brand

Rome was the law-giver for much of the modern world. She was also the greatest military power of antiquity, operating her military organization with remarkable efficiency and effectiveness throughout most of the then-known world. In view of the im......

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Arabian Oasis City: The Transformation Of 'unayzah - , Donald P. Cole

Vast social change has occurred in the Middle East since the oil boom of the mid-1970s. As the first anthropological study of an urban community in Saudi Arabia since that oil boom, Arabian Oasis City is also the first to document those changes. B......

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From Moon Goddesses To Virgins: The Colonization Of Yucatecan Maya Sexual Desire - Pete Sigal

For the preconquest Maya, sexuality was a part of ritual discourse and performance, and all sex acts were understood in terms of their power to create, maintain, and destroy society. As postconquest Maya adapted to life under colonial rule, they n......

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And Other Neighborly Names: Social Process And Cultural Image In Texas Folklore

"And Other Neighborly Names"-the title is from a study by Americo Paredes of the names, complimentary and otherwise, exchanged across cultural boundaries by Anglos and Mexicans-is a collection of essays devoted to various aspects of folk tradition......

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Maya Political Science: Time, Astronomy, And The Cosmos - Prudence M. Rice

How did the ancient Maya rule their world? Despite more than a century of archaeological investigation and glyphic decipherment, the nature of Maya political organization and political geography has remained an open question. Many debates have rag......

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Spanish Memory Book: A New Approach To Vocabulary Building, Junior Edition - , Dorothy Winters Welker

Mnemonics is an age-old technique for remembering names, numbers, and many other things. In Spanish Memory Book, Junior Edition, William Harrison and Dorothy Welker offer onginal mnemonic rimes appropriate in subject matter and skill level for jun......

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Crossing Borders, Reinforcing Borders: Social Categories, Metaphors, And Narrative Identities On The U.s.-mexico Frontier - Pablo Vila

Along the U.S.-Mexico frontier, where border crossings are a daily occurrence for many people, reinforcing borders is also a common activity. Not only does the U.S. Border Patrol strive to "hold the line" against illegal immigrants, but many resid......

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Please Pass The Biscuits, Pappy: Pictures Of Governor W. Lee "pappy" O'daniel - Bill Crawford

Long before movie stars Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger became governors of California, a popular radio personality with no previous political experience-who wasn't even registered to vote-swept into the governor's office of Texas. W. Lee ......

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Planning The Family In Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves - Kamran Asdar Ali

In this ethnographic study, the author examines the policies and practices of family planning programs in Egypt to see how an elitist, Western-informed state attempts to create obliging citizens. The state sees voluntary compliance with the law fo......

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