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by Peter Spring

Everyone has heard of the Great Wall of China and knows of Hadrian's Wall and the other barriers lining stretches of Rome's imperial frontiers. But Peter Spring's original new study demonstrates that far from being exceptional, the building of walls and other linear defences was commonplace among the peoples and states of pre-modern era. He finds examples virtually all across the globe and analyses their forms and strategic functions. He finds patterns for their distribution, an important recurrent theme being the divide between settled agriculture and nomads. The author argues that it is mistaken to view such undertakings as necessarily purely defensive measures that might be evidence of insecurity or a 'maginot line mentality', as they were in fact often about aggressive assertion of control over a region or strategic routes. 

This original and thought-provoking study brings new light and insight to a fascinating and neglected aspect of human political and military history. It The clear text is supported by numerous, specially drawn maps and photographs.

Last updated 01/09/2019 by P. Higo
The Ethics of Superintelligent Design: A Christian View of the Theological and Moral Implications of Artificial Superintelligence (EBOOK)

by Paul Golata Artificial intelligence (AI) permeates Google searches, the personal assistants in our smartphones, and is all over our newsfeeds....

More on The Ethics of Superintelligent Design: A Christian View of the Theological and Moral Implications of Artificial Superintelligence (EBOOK) Updated 1/3/19 by P. Higo
Future Trends: A Guide to Decision Making and Leadership in Business

Lawrence R. Samuel Future Trends: A Guide to Decision Making and Leadership in Business is the first and only book to link a decision-making and...

More on Future Trends: A Guide to Decision Making and Leadership in Business Updated 12/11/18 by P. Higo
The Man Who Invented Christmas (DVD)

In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit,...

More on The Man Who Invented Christmas (DVD) Updated 11/29/18 by P. Higo
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                                                                         President Trump: Care to comment?

This cartoon was posted with an article in the student newspaper, Varsity News, Jan 21, 1969, on a debate between U-D's Young Democrats and College Repiblicans. The question under dabate: "Resolved, the United States of America operates under a Democratic system." During this time period, Richard Nixon was the President and Viet Nam War was a major issue that was in the news.

Meanwhile, at Mercy College of Detroit in 1969, where the majority of the students were women....

From Mercy College of Detroit student newspaper,

Last updated 01/03/2019 by P. Higo
Merry Christmas 1945

 

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Christmas Ads: Smoke'm if you got 'em

Back in the days when companies were allowed to advertise cigarette brands, Varsity News would put them in the student newspapers.Here are a few from...

More on Christmas Ads: Smoke'm if you got 'em Updated 11/28/18 by P. Higo
Thanksgiving 1947

From Varsity News, 1947

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Keep calm the semester is about to end

We know you're getting geared up for the toughest time of the term- FINALS! Don't panic. We have you covered.

The McNichols Campus Library is open extended hours during finals week. Remember to have your Student ID with you.

 

Friday, December 7 8:00am - 8:00pm

Sunday, December 9 12:00pm - midnight

Monday, December 10 - Friday, December 14  8:00am - midnight

Saturday, December 15 8:00am - 4:00pm

 

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Red and Green Scantrons – 50 cents

Blue Books – $1.00

Color Printing – 25 cents per page

Spiral Binding – (cost varies)

Ear buds - $1.00

Photocopying – 10 cents per page

Scanning (free)

Assistance from a librarian - priceless

 

When you're ready to relax, we have plenty of DVD's available.

Last updated 12/14/2018 by J. Eisenstein
Welcome Freshmen!

The UDM librarians are happy to welcome you to the library website.  Here is some news you can use about the library.   Phone...

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In Memory of Derick Nelson

Normally, the Research Blog describes library resources that might be useful to students and faculty. However, today we are departing from that...

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In Memory of Derick Nelson

Normally, the Research Blog describes library resources that might be useful to students and faculty. However, today we are departing from that...

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happy new year Happy New Year from the librarians! Are you refreshed and ready to tackle another term? The library re-opens Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9:00am.

Last updated 12/24/2018 by J. Eisenstein
Merry Christmas!

Have a safe and Happy Holiday from the librarians! The library reopens January 2, 2019 at 9:00am.

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The Library, Teaching, and Learning Center Thanksgiving List

This week some of the Library, Teaching, and Learning staff took some time out to pause and consider what we are thankful for: Jennifer Dean, Dean...

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