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August
The Great Plains - Walter Prescott WebbThis classic description of the interaction between the vast central plains of America and the people who lived there has, since its first publication in 1931, been one of the most influential, widely known, and controversial works in western history. Arguing that "the Great Plains environment. . .constitutes a geographic unity whose influences have been so powerful as to put a characteristic mark upon everything that survives within its borders," Webb singles out the revolver, barbed wire, and the windmill as evidence of the new phase of civilization required for settlement of that arid, treeless
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August
Lord of the Rings: Popular Culture in Global Context - Ernest MathijsMuch more than a successful film trilogy, "Lord of the Rings" has become an unparalleled media phenomenon. Through its impact on regional as well as global industries, and stretching from a British origin over Hollywood to a New Zealand appropriation it has challenged our thinking about the commercial contexts of popular culture. "Lord of the Rings: Popular Culture in Global Context" brings together leading scholars in the fields of media and film studies to explore the various strategies and implications underlying the global presence of "Lord of the Rings." Chapters address how the trilogy has
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August
Adults as Learners: Increasing Participation and Facilitating Learning - K. Patricia CrossA superb, substantive book and one that should cause us to think about the learning society and how we are going to plan for it now and in the future. --Adult LearningThis landmark work synthesizes the research and theory concerning adult learners and analyzes their potential impact on educational institutions. Includes a new preface.