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Twelve The Japanese Situation—and an American Dimension

H. P. Willmott Indiana University Press ePub



IN 1940 CERTAIN individuals in the higher reaches of the Imperial Japanese Army, the Rikugun, reasoned that there was an overwhelming need to undertake a thorough study of the reality of total war. This was to be undertaken by an organization especially created in October 1940 for the task, the Soryokusen kenkyujo (Institute of Total War Studies). Thirty individuals, representing the nation’s “brightest and best,” and all aged between 31 and 37 years, were drawn from the army, navy, various government ministries and agencies, and prestigious business firms and the press. These people were allocated fictional posts in the government and the service high commands, and were constituted as a shadow cabinet. They were afforded the privilege of unlimited access to the latest information and national statistics, and in summer 1941 completed a massive and detailed report that made lavish use of confidential state papers, which was submitted to the cabinet.

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5 A Person from Từ Ðàm Comes Back and Tells His Story

Nha Ca Indiana University Press ePub

Four Days in a row I lay in a dark underground shelter, and out of the four days there were two days that I had to go without food. This morning a girl crawled up out of the shelter, foraged somewhere, and found a piece of bánh tét, thickly covered with mold. She crawled back down, peeled off banana leaves covering the cake, and began feeding people, offering one person after another a bite.

I had already been fed up with all that was going on and was in despair. Several hours earlier, I had a feeling that if I continue starving like this I would come to the point of exhaustion, drop off, and go into eternal sleep, and that it would be really fortunate for me. But it would be even more fortunate to stay in the world of the living, though we have yet to endure a lot of ordeals. However, when I notice the smell of sticky rice and of moldy banana leaves, and when a piece of the rice cake is passed close to me, suddenly my mouth opens wide, a happy sensation makes me merry, and joy overflows me when a piece of cake gets into my mouth. Saliva gushes and mixes with the fine taste and sweet fragrance of sticky rice to the point of causing me to faint dead away.

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Chapter 11: “I Think There Is Some Trouble at Hand”

David Johnson University of North Texas Press PDF

chapter 11

“I Think There Is Some

Trouble at Hand”

With the death of Peter Bader, John Baird and Scott Cooley had effectively completed their quest for revenge. Satisfied that justice had been meted out to those responsible for his brother’s murder, Baird began to withdraw from the feud. With him went the allies who had rallied to his cause. The Mason mob was broken, and John Clark had

fled to parts unknown. Baird had a new daughter, Edna, at home and realized that it was time to stop the conflict.1 Satisfied with the results,

Baird began preparations to leave Texas.

Even as Baird withdrew from the conflict, fate closed in on Ernst

Jordan. Since the beginning of the conflict he had gone armed.

Sometime during 1876 when the “troubles had hardly subsided”

Jordan was removing a pistol from his carriage when it slipped from his hand. The pistol dropped to the ground and discharged, the bullet shattering his knee. The accident left him bedridden during the remainder of 1876 and throughout 1877. A surgeon from San Antonio operated on the leg, but it never healed properly and required treatments for the rest of his life.2

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Ed Emeka Keazor Bright Pen ePub

We shall now examine some facts and statistics, underlying the competition over the last 66 years of its existence. These statistics have been based on final matches, due to the dearth of complete records during the various qualifying rounds over the years. Whilst some Football associations- especially Lagos, have fairly comprehensive data, the same could not be said of all and the need for uniformity has thus guided the focus on final matches, which are at least reliable.

The analysis of goals statistics has been restricted to goals scored in finals and has not included goals scored in the qualification rounds.


There were 55 goals scored in the finals in this period. The distribution is as follows:



1. Railways XI

2. Port Harcourt Red Devils


3. Pan Bank-


4. Marine




6. Calabar XI


7. Warri


8. Plateau


9. Kano Pillars


10. Dynamos


11. Zaria




The record for the highest margin of goals scored in any final in the FA Cup was shared in this period by two matches Port Harcourt Red Devils v Federal United 1958 (60) and Pan Bank XI v Warri XI 1952 (60). The record for the highest scoreline/margin in FA cup history was for a match in the qualifying rounds Port Harcourt Red Devils v Ikot Ekpene 180, 1958 preliminary rounds; the next was Ibadan v Ekiti 170. These stand as the overall highest scores/margins in FA Cup history.

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Conclusion: Crossing the Frontiers between the Monotheistic Religions, an Anthropological Approach

Dionigi Albera Indiana University Press ePub


Translated by David Macey

The phenomena examined in this book are at odds with the very widespread view that religious identities in the Mediterranean area are divided by the fault line of the clash between “the West” and “Islam.” Relations between these two blocs appear to be heading in the direction of complete incompatibility, or even some form of war. The only bulwark against this massive and inevitable mutual repulsion—and it is weak and often no more than a pretense—is supposedly the desire to promote a semblance of entente through rhetorical statements and declarations of good intent on the part of political and religious leaders, or through learned debates between scholars—the classic example being the Islamic-Christian dialogue (which now seems to be running out of steam).

It would of course be absurd to deny that the history of the monotheisms in the Mediterranean has been influenced by powerfully exclusivist tendencies or that those tendencies are still very much at work. It is, however, also possible to observe the effect of the overcrowding that results from the presence within the same space of the three monotheisms and their countlıess followers. This context gives us an opportunity to examine how ordinary behaviors can deviate from institutionalized religions. If we look at the religious in terms of lived experience and in terms of everyday practices, we find that traditions and forms of worship sometimes overlap as the “guardians of the temples” look on, sometimes benevolently and sometimes vindictively. The studies collected here take a different look at the religious behaviors of Mediterranean populations and reveal one of the most interesting (and least known) phenomena to be observed in the region: the permeability of the frontiers that divide its religious communities.

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