Visions of a New Land

Soviet Film from the Revolution to the Second World War


Author: Emma Widdis

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300127584

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 258

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In 1917 the Bolsheviks proclaimed a world remade. This book shows how Soviet cinema encouraged popular support of state initiatives in the years up to the Second World War, helping to create a new Russian identity & territory, an 'imaginary geography' of Sovietness.

Visions of a New Earth

Religious Perspectives on Population, Consumption, and Ecology


Author: Harold Coward,Daniel C. Maguire

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791444580

Category: Nature

Page: 234

View: 4963

Brings together world religion scholars and creative international economists to address the current eco-crisis.

A New Deal for the World


Author: Elizabeth Borgwardt

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674281926

Category: History

Page: N.A

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In a work of sweeping scope and luminous detail, Elizabeth Borgwardt describes how a cadre of World War II American planners inaugurated the ideas and institutions that underlie our modern international human rights regime. Borgwardt finds the key in the 1941 Atlantic Charter and its Anglo-American vision of "war and peace aims." In attempting to globalize what U.S. planners heralded as domestic New Deal ideas about security, the ideology of the Atlantic Charter--buttressed by FDR’s "Four Freedoms" and the legacies of World War I--redefined human rights and America’s vision for the world. Three sets of international negotiations brought the Atlantic Charter blueprint to life--Bretton Woods, the United Nations, and the Nuremberg trials. These new institutions set up mechanisms to stabilize the international economy, promote collective security, and implement new thinking about international justice. The design of these institutions served as a concrete articulation of U.S. national interests, even as they emphasized the importance of working with allies to achieve common goals. The American architects of these charters were attempting to redefine the idea of security in the international sphere. To varying degrees, these institutions and the debates surrounding them set the foundations for the world we know today. By analyzing the interaction of ideas, individuals, and institutions that transformed American foreign policy--and Americans’ view of themselves--Borgwardt illuminates the broader history of modern human rights, trade and the global economy, collective security, and international law. This book captures a lost vision of the American role in the world.

Visions from the Golden Land

Burma and the Art of Lacquer


Author: Ralph Isaacs,T. Richard Blurton

Publisher: Art Media Resources Limited

ISBN: 9781878529688

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 240

View: 3830

"The visual impact of Burmese lacquerware is striking - the objects are dazzingly coloured, often in scarlet, gold and black, and are frequently inlaid with coloured stone or glass. A natural plastic, refined from the sap of a Southeast Asian tree, lacquer is worked into vessels of every sort and is also used in architecture, furniture, sculpture and religious ritual. It is one of the most important artistic tradition of Burma and is very much a living craft. This catalogue features pieces from both the British Museum and the Isaacs Collection, a private collection. The book also includes five essays which examine the historical, regional, inscriptional and ethnographic aspects of Burmese lacquer."--Amazon.

Visions of Utopia


Author: Edward Rothstein,Herbert Muschamp,Martin E. Marty

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195171617

Category: Architecture

Page: 93

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From the sex-free paradise of the Shakers to the worker's paradise of Marx, utopian ideas seem to have two things in common--they all are wonderfully plausible at the start and they all end up as disasters. In Visions of Utopia, three leading cultural critics--Edward Rothstein, Martin Marty, and Herbert Muschamp--look at the history of utopian thinking, exploring why they fail and why they are still worth pursuing. Rothstein contends that every utopia is really a dystopia-- one that overlooks the nature of humanity and the impossibilities of paradise. He traces the ideal in politics and technology and suggests that only in art--and especially in music--does the desire for utopia find satisfaction. Marty examines several models of utopia--from Thomas More's to a 1960s experimental city that he helped to plan--to show that, even though utopias can never be realized, we should not be too quick to condemn them. They can express dimensions of the human spirit that might otherwise be stifled and can plant ideas that may germinate in more realistic and practical soil. Muschamp looks at Utopianism as exemplified in two different ways: the Buddhist tradition and the work of visionary Viennese architect Adolph Loos. Utopian thinking embodies humanity's noblest impulses, yet it can lead to horrors such as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Regime. In Visions of Utopia, these leading thinkers offer an intriguing look at the paradoxes of paradise.

The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton


Author: Monica Weis

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813130158

Category: Nature

Page: 216

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Nature was always vital in Thomas Merton’s life, from the long hours he spent as a child watching his father paint landscapes in the fresh air, to his final years of solitude in the hermitage at Our Lady of Gethsemani, where he contemplated and wrote about the beauty of his surroundings. Throughout his life, Merton’s study of the natural world shaped his spirituality in profound ways, and he was one of the first writers to raise concern about ecological issues that have become critical in recent years. In The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton, author Monica Weis suggests that Merton’s interest in nature, which developed significantly during his years at the Abbey of Gethsemani, laid the foundation for his growing environmental consciousness. Tracing Merton’s awareness of the natural world from his childhood to the final years of his life, Weis explores his deepening sense of place and desire for solitude, his love and responsibility for all living things, and his evolving ecological awareness.

The Engineer of 2020:

Visions of Engineering in the New Century


Author: National Academy of Engineering

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309091624

Category: Education

Page: 118

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To enhance the nation's economic productivity and improve the quality of life worldwide, engineering education in the United States must anticipate and adapt to the dramatic changes of engineering practice. The Engineer of 2020 urges the engineering profession to recognize what engineers can build for the future through a wide range of leadership roles in industry, government, and academia--not just through technical jobs. Engineering schools should attract the best and brightest students and be open to new teaching and training approaches. With the appropriate education and training, the engineer of the future will be called upon to become a leader not only in business but also in nonprofit and government sectors. The book finds that the next several decades will offer more opportunities for engineers, with exciting possibilities expected from nanotechnology, information technology, and bioengineering. Other engineering applications, such as transgenic food, technologies that affect personal privacy, and nuclear technologies, raise complex social and ethical challenges. Future engineers must be prepared to help the public consider and resolve these dilemmas along with challenges that will arise from new global competition, requiring thoughtful and concerted action if engineering in the United States is to retain its vibrancy and strength.

The New Land

Studies in a Literary Theme


Author: Richard Chadbourne,Hallvard Dahlie

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 0889200653

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Papers originally presented at a workshop held at the University of Calgary on Aug. 1-5, 1977.

Visions of Place


Author: Martin Rosenberg,J. Susan Isaacs


ISBN: 1329872940


Page: N.A

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Visions of Tomorrow

Science Fiction Predictions that Came True


Author: Tom Easton,Judith Klein-Dial

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1628730080

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 2142

A fascinating collection of fiction-turned-reality tales. Long before movies like Minority Report and The Matrix, the world’s writers have been recording the future as it might exist—and as it turns out, they were right. This bizarre anthology collects the most stunning predictions and imagined inventions here for the first time. Visions of Tomorrow includes “The Land Iron Clads” by H. G. Wells, who described a military tank in 1903—long before it was ever a possibility; “The Yesterday House” by Fritz Leiber, who writes about cloned humans; “Reason” by Isaac Asimov, who predicted solar power could be harnessed by satellites; and many more. In this stunning anthology of never-before-collected stories, our world’s greatest science fiction writers demonstrate that the truth can be just as strange as fiction.

Vision and Communism

Viktor Koretsky and Dissident Public Visual Culture


Author: Robert Bird,Christopher Heuer,Matthew Jackson

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595588175

Category: Art

Page: 176

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In the last thirty years of the Soviet Communist project, Viktor Koretsky’s art struggled to solve an enduring riddle: how to ensure or restore Communism’s moral health through the production of a distinctively Communist vision. In this sense Koretsky’s art demonstrates what an “avant-garde late Communist art” would have looked like if we had ever seen it mature. Most striking of all, Koretsky was pioneering the visual languages of Benetton and MTV at a time when the iconography of interracial togetherness was still only a vague rumor on Madison Avenue. Vision and Communism presents a series of interconnected essays devoted to Viktor Koretsky’s art and the social worlds that it hoped to transform. Produced collectively by its five editors, this writing also considers the visual art, film, and music included in the exhibition Vision and Communism, opening at the Smart Museum of Art in September 2011.

Visions of the New Jerusalem

religious settlement on the prairies


Author: Benjamin Galletly Smillie

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 207

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Visions of a New Kind


Author: Jayne Aylwin Miller

Publisher: Publicious Pty Limited

ISBN: 9780648236900


Page: 106

View: 8338

Visions of a new kind came to me in my dreams and meditations that only became clear as my life progressed and as world events developed into the new millennium. Within the effortlessness of poetry I found many answers and the manner in which they presented themselves captured the spirit of my questions until each poem became a perfect gift that I give to you in the following pages...

Visions of Struggle in Women's Filmmaking in the Mediterranean


Author: F. Laviosa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230105203

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 4999

This provocative collection elaborates a trans-cultural definition of being a woman in struggle. Looking at the films of women directors in countries in the Mediterranean rim, this book spurs a contemporary discussion of women s human, civil, and social rights while situating feminist arguments on women s identity, roles, psychology and sexuality. Although their methodologies are diverse, these artists are united in their use of cinema as a means of intervention, taking on the role as outspoken and leading advocates for women s problems. Contributors examine the ways in which cinematic art reproduces and structures the discourses of realism and represents Mediterranean women s collective experience of struggle.

Visions of the American West


Author: Gerald F. Kreyche

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813150604

Category: History

Page: 320

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Countless studies of the American West have been written from the viewpoint of history, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. But the West has seldom been written about with the reflective pen of a philosopher. Offering more than a fresh retelling, in thoroughly human terms, of the major historical events of the nineteenth-century West, Gerald Kreyche also leads the reader in a search for the spirit of the West itself. That spirit was one with the American Dream, which offered freedom, individualism, and self-sufficiency to those strong enough and gutsy enough to heed the call of Manifest Destiny. Although the West was and is the most American part of America itself, its natural wonders, its spacious grandeur, its myths and mystique have captured the hearts and imaginations of people the world over. We have all experienced the quickened pulse at the mention of things indelibly western -- tumbleweed, mountain men, high plains, cowboys and Indians, sod houses, coyotes, and grizzlies. And who doesn't react to such bigger-than-life figures as Jim Bridger, Buffalo Bill, George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse? The personal humdrum of our times rapidly disappears when, through the magic of western films, TV shows, and books, we vicariously lose ourselves and then find ourselves in the American West of a bygone time. The West, then, produced a quasi-separate culture. And, as each culture must, it gave birth to its own ethos, its own special character, its own tone and set of guiding beliefs. Kreyche contends that in the process of "westering," the veneer of the sophisticated easterner was sloughed off, leaving in sharp outline the frontiersman and the pioneer. In their own manner, these men and women produced a new species of homo americanus.

Visions of Paradise

Glimpses of Our Landscape's Legacy


Author: John Warfield Simpson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520213647

Category: Nature

Page: 387

View: 4816

This book synthesizes views of America's changing environment, and the Ideal of that environment, from the time of the Founding Fathers to the present. It is an exceptionally engaging account of American attitudes toward pristine and altered landscapes which they encountered, settled in, modified, and moved westward from during the last three centuries.