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Lịch sử nước Mỹ #8: Châu Âu thám hiểm

Sau những lần tìm hiểu về người da đỏ trước thời kỳ Columbus, chúng ta chuyển hưởng về người da trắng bên châu Âu.  Bài này nói về châu Âu trước thời thám hiểm qua bên Mỹ, cùng vài lý do căn bản đầu tư thám hiểm của người Âu.

Để hiểu chuyện này, chúng ta phải trở lại thời gian về lịch sử châu Âu, nhất là bên Tây Âu. Sau các triều đại La Mã, ảnh hưởng lớn nhất ở châu Âu là Thiên Chúa Giáo.  Trong các thế kỷ đầu của Công Niên, con số tín đồ Thiên Chúa Giáo dần dần lan rộng, đến thế kỷ thứ tư thì được Hoàng Đế Constantine cho phép tự do tôn sùng trong Đế Quốc La Mã.  Từ đó, giáo hội Công Giáo càng ngày càng hùng mạnh, là châm điểm của văn hóa và văn minh châu Âu cho nhiều thế kỷ.

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The Brothers Karamazov or The Magic Mountain?

Prompted by a faculty discussion over Great Books in the modern era, I drove home last night thinking about these two great novels together.  I loved reading them, and so the best answer, at least for me, is, “The Brothers Karamazov and The Magic Mountain.”  Still, it was a good exercise comparing them during my drive on the PCH and I-405.

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Conversations with high school classmates: Rich Wright

This is the second in the series; click here for the first conversation.

Although the majority of my high school classmates have moved to other parts of the state or the country, a not insignificant number have remained in or returned to Rochester since graduation.  It doesn’t hurt that the economy has been consistently strong, the cost of living low, and the education of children generally commendable. Then, of course, the family factor. Although it isn’t the absolute factor, the desire for proximity to parents and grandparents has been a major reason for my classmates currently living in the area. This desire is certainly reflected in the conversation recorded for this post.

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Interviewing historians: Kurt Kinbacher on Vietnamese in Lincoln, Nebraska

Geographically speaking, there are two ways of viewing Vietnamese Americans in Lincoln, Nebraska.  One is to group them among Vietnamese in the Midwest.  It is a vast region that includes large communities such as Chicago and the Twin Cities, and smaller ones such as Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Grand Rapids, MI.  Continue reading “Interviewing historians: Kurt Kinbacher on Vietnamese in Lincoln, Nebraska”

I know what you watched last summer


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Interviewing historians: George Veith on his book Black April


The South Vietnamese military – the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF) – has always figured in the voluminous historical scholarship about the Vietnam War.  For a long time and for a host of reasons, however, there was little depth on the topic. 

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Conversations with high school classmates: Teresa Thein Meschini

Click here for the background to this series.

Due to the Mayo Clinic, it’s not a surprise to find many physicians, nurses, and health professionals among 140 people in my high school class.  But of course they’ve engaged in other lines of work too, including law, IT, engineering, education, social work, the military, and small business.  Belonging to the last category is Teresa Thein Meschini, who has been raising four kids while running a wine business with her husband. 

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Conversations with high school classmates

Three or four years after college, I realized a desire to live my life as if to create a work of art.  The lofty desire came partially from reading some of Auden’s early poetry.  I hadn’t read anything by him, except for “The Shield of Achilles” assigned by Rosamond Spring in a Great Books college class. Prompted by a scene in the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” wherein a minor character reads out loud “Funeral Blues,” I sought out some of Auden’s voluminous poetry and prose.  I don’t think I understood half of it, but I was definitely taken by the impressive range of his mind and of course his poetic lyricism.

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My memories of high school

Mr. Kroska, RIP.  I took his class in tenth grade, the same year this photo was taken. ~ pc Lourdes Foundation

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