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  • Wanks River (river, Central America)

    Coco River, river in southern Honduras and northern Nicaragua, rising west of the town of San Marcos de Colón, in southern Honduras, near the Honduras-Nicaragua border. The Coco flows generally eastward into Nicaragua, then turns northward near Mount Kilambé. For much of its middle and lower c

  • Wanli (emperor of Ming dynasty)

    Wanli, reign name (nianhao) of the emperor of China from 1572 to 1620, during the latter portion of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). The Wanli emperor was a recluse whose apparent inattention to government affairs contributed to the abuses of power by provincial officials and other political figures

  • Wanli Changcheng (wall, China)

    Great Wall of China, extensive bulwark erected in ancient China, one of the largest building-construction projects ever undertaken. The Great Wall actually consists of numerous walls—many of them parallel to each other—built over some two millennia across northern China and southern Mongolia. The

  • Wanli five-colour ware (pottery)

    pottery: Reigns of the Longqing and Wanli emperors (1567–1620): …verte palette) was known as “Wanli five-colour” ware (Wanli wucai). The red and green Jiajing decoration was also used, and vast quantities of blue-and-white porcelain were produced for export. The body is quite unlike that used earlier in the dynasty, being thin, hard, crisp, and resonant. It is the commonest…

  • Wanli wucai ware (pottery)

    pottery: Reigns of the Longqing and Wanli emperors (1567–1620): …verte palette) was known as “Wanli five-colour” ware (Wanli wucai). The red and green Jiajing decoration was also used, and vast quantities of blue-and-white porcelain were produced for export. The body is quite unlike that used earlier in the dynasty, being thin, hard, crisp, and resonant. It is the commonest…

  • Wanling Xiansheng (Chinese poet)

    Mei Yaochen, a leading Chinese poet of the Northern Song dynasty whose verses helped to launch a new poetic style linked with the guwen (“ancient literature”) revival. Although Mei entered government service through the examination system like other statesmen-poets of the Song, his political career

  • Wannabe (song by the Spice Girls)

    Spice Girls: …Spice Girls’ first single, “Wannabe,” was finally released in July 1996. It soared to the top of the British singles chart, and it held that position for most of the summer. Around this time, an article in Top of the Pops magazine anointed the women Ginger, Sporty, Posh, Scary,…

  • Wannier exciton (physics)

    crystal: Conducting properties of semiconductors: This bound state, called a Wannier exciton, does exist; the hole has a positive charge, the electron has a negative charge, and the opposites attract. The exciton is observed easily in experiments with electromagnetic radiation. It lives for only a short time—between a nanosecond and a microsecond—depending on the semiconductor.…

  • Wannsee Conference (Germany [1942])

    Wannsee Conference, meeting of Nazi officials on January 20, 1942, in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to plan the “final solution” (Endl?sung) to the so-called “Jewish question” (Judenfrage). On July 31, 1941, Nazi leader Reichsmarschall Hermann G?ring had issued orders to Reinhard Heydrich, SS (Nazi

  • Wannūs, Sa?dallāh (Syrian playwright)

    Sàdallāh Wannūs, Syrian playwright, producer, and critic (born 1941, Hosain al-Bahr [near Tartus], Syria—died May 15, 1997, Damascus, Syria), was widely regarded as one of the leading innovators in Arab drama. He reportedly invented masrah at-tasyīs, or "political theatre," largely in response to h

  • Wanradt-Koell Catechism (Estonian text)

    Uralic languages: Estonian: …religious translations from 1524; the Wanradt-Koell Catechism, the first book, was printed in Wittenberg in 1535. Two centres of culture developed—Tallinn (formerly Revel) in the north and Tartu (Dorpat) in the south; in the 17th century each gave rise to a distinct literary language. Influenced by the Finnish Kalevala, the…

  • Wanruo (Chinese painter)

    Lu Yanshao, Chinese landscape painter whose vigorous style received critical acclaim in the late 20th century. As a child, Lu showed an interest in Chinese painting, calligraphy, and seal carving. In 1927 he began to study under Wang Tongyu, a former scholar-official of the imperial court in the

  • Wansbeck (former district, England, United Kingdom)

    Wansbeck, former district, administrative and historic county of Northumberland, northern England, along the North Sea in the southeastern part of the county. Wansbeck spans a narrow coastal plain edging the Northumberland uplands to the west. Its three principal towns (Ashington, Bedlington, and

  • Wansbrough, John (British scholar)

    tafsīr: ) A British scholar, John Wansbrough, classified tafsīr literature according to its form and function. He distinguished five types, which he held to have appeared in roughly the following chronological order: attempts to supply a narrative context for passages, efforts to explain the implications for conduct of various passages,…

  • Wanshi shibiao (play by Zhang Junxiang)

    Zhang Junxiang: Wanshi shibiao (1943; “Model Teacher of Myriad Generations”), considered his best play, follows the fortunes of a group of Chinese intellectuals from 1919 to 1937.

  • Wantage (England, United Kingdom)

    Wantage, town (parish), Vale of White Horse district, administrative county of Oxfordshire, historic county of Berkshire, south-central England. It is an old market town and the birthplace of the Anglo-Saxon king Alfred the Great (871–899), whose statue stands in the marketplace. The town is a

  • Wanted: Dead or Alive (American television program)

    Steve McQueen: …hunter on the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive, which ran until 1961.

  • Wanting (novel by Flanagan)

    Richard Flanagan: …aim at media-driven hysteria, and Wanting (2008) was a complex 19th-century tale set in Tasmania and England involving an Aboriginal girl and novelist Charles Dickens.

  • Wanting Seed, The (novel by Burgess)

    Anthony Burgess: …Burgess he wrote the novels The Wanting Seed (1962), an antiutopian view of an overpopulated world, and Honey for the Bears (1963). As Joseph Kell he wrote One Hand Clapping (1961) and Inside Mr. Enderby (1963).

  • wantok (sociology)

    Papua New Guinea: Daily life and social customs: …bonds and obligations of the wantok system can provide support for those struggling in new locations but also create heavy demands on the more affluent people who feel obliged to support their kin. The demands of wantoks are often held to be a root cause of corruption. Increasingly there are…

  • Wantzel, Pierre Laurent (French mathematician)

    mathematics: Apollonius: …(notably by the French mathematician Pierre Laurent Wantzel in 1837).

  • Wanxian (former city, Chongqing, China)

    Wanzhou, former city, northeastern Chongqing shi (municipality), central China. It has been a district of Chongqing since the municipality was established in 1997. The district is an important port along the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang), being situated at the western end of the river’s renowned

  • Wanyan Min (Juchen leader)

    Taizu, temple name (miaohao) of the leader of the nomadic Juchen (Chinese: Nüzhen, or Ruzhen) tribes who occupied north and east Manchuria. He founded the Jin, or Juchen, dynasty (1115–1234) and conquered all of North China. The Juchen were originally vassals of the Mongol-speaking Khitan tribes

  • Wanyika (people)

    Manyika, one of the cluster of Shona-speaking peoples inhabiting extreme eastern Zimbabwe and adjacent areas of interior Mozambique south of the Púnguè River. The Manyika have existed as an ethnic group discrete from other Shona groups only since the 1930s. Historically, the Manyika recognized a h

  • Wanzer, Bobby (American basketball player)

    Bobby Wanzer, (Robert Francis Wanzer), American basketball player (born June 4, 1921, Brooklyn, N.Y.—died Jan. 23, 2016, Pittsford, N.Y.), exhibited exceptional ball-handling skills as he helped lead the Rochester Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) to the 1951 NBA championship; together with his

  • Wanzer, Robert Francis (American basketball player)

    Bobby Wanzer, (Robert Francis Wanzer), American basketball player (born June 4, 1921, Brooklyn, N.Y.—died Jan. 23, 2016, Pittsford, N.Y.), exhibited exceptional ball-handling skills as he helped lead the Rochester Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) to the 1951 NBA championship; together with his

  • Wanzhou (former city, Chongqing, China)

    Wanzhou, former city, northeastern Chongqing shi (municipality), central China. It has been a district of Chongqing since the municipality was established in 1997. The district is an important port along the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang), being situated at the western end of the river’s renowned

  • WAP (technology)

    WAP, an open, universal standard that emerged in the late 1990s for the delivery of the Internet and other value-added services to wireless networks and mobile communication devices such as mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). WAP specifications encouraged the creation of wireless

  • WAP (cosmology)

    anthropic principle: Forms of the anthropic principle: The weak anthropic principle (WAP) is the truism that the universe must be found to possess those properties necessary for the existence of observers. The WAP is not a theory of physics. Rather, it is a methodological principle. It is therefore not appropriate to ask if…

  • WAPDA (Pakistani organization)

    Indus River: Irrigation: …of the 1960 treaty, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority built several linking canals and barrages to divert water from its western rivers to areas in the east lacking water. The biggest of those canals is the Chashma-Jhelum link joining the Indus River with the Jhelum River, with a…

  • wapentake (English government)

    Wapentake, an administrative division of the English counties of York, Lincoln, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, and Rutland, first clearly referred to in 962/963 and corresponding to the “hundred” in other parts of England. The term wapentake is of Scandinavian origin and meant the taking of weapons;

  • Wapielnia (mountain, Poland)

    Roztocze: … (1,280 feet [390 metres]) and Wapielnia (1,263 feet [385 metres]). The range provides a number of scenic views and is composed of forested terrain indented with deep gorges and streams overflowing slabs of limestone. A few small towns are located in the region. In 1974 a national park was founded…

  • wapiti (mammal)

    Elk, (Cervus elaphus canadensis), the largest and most advanced subspecies of red deer (Cervus elaphus), found in North America and in high mountains of Central Asia. It is a member of the deer family, Cervidae (order Artiodactyla). Recent genetic studies suggest that the “red deer” may be three

  • Wapner, Joseph (American jurist and television personality)

    Joseph Wapner, American jurist and TV personality who presided (1981–93) over The People’s Court, an immensely popular syndicated TV show in which plaintiffs and defendants from California small claims court argued their cases and accepted the judge’s ruling. Wapner earned (1941) a bachelor’s

  • Wapner, Joseph Albert (American jurist and television personality)

    Joseph Wapner, American jurist and TV personality who presided (1981–93) over The People’s Court, an immensely popular syndicated TV show in which plaintiffs and defendants from California small claims court argued their cases and accepted the judge’s ruling. Wapner earned (1941) a bachelor’s

  • Wappapello Dam (dam, Missouri, United States)

    Saint Francis River: …the river is impounded by Wappapello Dam (built in 1941). Heavy rainfall in the Ozarks, which make up 70 percent of the river’s drainage basin of 8,400 sq mi (21,800 sq km), runs off rapidly and despite the dam still causes floods in the lower basin. In 1960, as part…

  • Wapping-Rotherhithe Tunnel (tunnel, River Thames, London, England, United Kingdom)

    Thames Tunnel, tunnel designed by Marc Isambard Brunel and built under the River Thames in London. Drilled from Rotherhithe (in the borough of Southwark) to Wapping (now in Tower Hamlets), it was the first subaqueous tunnel in the world and was for many years the largest soft-ground tunnel. To

  • Wappinger (people)

    Wappinger, confederacy of Algonquian-speaking Indians in eastern North America. Early in the 17th century the Wappinger lived along the east bank of the Hudson River from Manhattan Island to what is now Poughkeepsie and eastward to the lower Connecticut River valley. Traditionally, the Wappinger

  • Wappo (people)

    Yuki: …the redwood coast; and the Wappo, who occupied an enclave among the Pomo, some 40 miles (65 km) southward in the Russian River valley.

  • Wapshot Chronicle, The (novel by Cheever)

    The Wapshot Chronicle, novel by John Cheever, published in 1957 and granted a National Book Award in 1958. Based in part on Cheever’s adolescence in New England, the novel takes place in a small Massachusetts fishing village and relates the breakdown of both the Wapshot family and the town. Part

  • Waptailmim (people)

    Yakama, North American Indian tribe that lived along the Columbia, Yakima, and Wenatchee rivers in what is now the south-central region of the U.S. state of Washington. As with many other Sahaptin-speaking Plateau Indians, the Yakama were primarily salmon fishers before colonization. In the early

  • waqf (Islam)

    Islam: Shrines of Sufi saints: …departments of awqāf (plural of waqf, a religious endowment). The official appointed to care for a shrine is usually called a mutawallī. In Turkey, where such endowments formerly constituted a very considerable portion of the national wealth, all endowments were confiscated by the regime of Atatürk (president 1928–38).

  • Waqf and Muslim Affairs, Council of (government agency, Jordan)

    Jerusalem: Muslims: …under the jurisdiction of the Council of Waqf and Muslim Affairs in Amman, Jordan. Since 1995 the Palestinian Authority (PA) has come to exercise effective control over all Muslim institutions, religious courts, and appointments to religious office in east Jerusalem.

  • Wāqidī, al- (Arabian historian)

    Al-Wāqidī, Arab historian, author of the Kitāb al-maghāzī, a well-known work on the military campaigns (al-maghāzī) of the Prophet Muhammad. As a youth al-Wāqidī is said to have been such an authority on the sacred cities of Mecca and Medina that he was guide to the ?Abbāsid caliph Hārūn ar-Rashīd

  • Waqifiyah (Islamic sect)

    Seveners, in Islām, minority subsect within the Ismā?īlīte (q.v.) sect of

  • Waqt (film by Chopra [1965])

    Yash Chopra: His next effort, the popular Waqt (1965; “Time”), was India’s first film to feature several major actors, including Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Sadhana, and Shashi Kapoor, and it started a trend. Indeed, Chopra’s films provided a springboard for many actors—including Amitabh Bachchan (Deewaar and Trishul [1978; “Trident”]) and

  • War (work by Renn)

    Ludwig Renn: …best known for Krieg (1928; War), a novel based on his World War I battle experiences, the narrator and principal character of which was named Ludwig Renn. The stark simplicity of the novel emphasizes the uncompromising brutality of combat.

  • war

    War, in the popular sense, a conflict between political groups involving hostilities of considerable duration and magnitude. In the usage of social science, certain qualifications are added. Sociologists usually apply the term to such conflicts only if they are initiated and conducted in accordance

  • WAR (baseball)

    sabermetrics: Bill James and the advent of sabermetrics: …succeeded by various versions of Wins Above Replacement (WAR), which was predicated on the identification of the value of a theoretical “replacement player” (a player readily available, whether from a team’s bench or its farm system). Eventually WAR would become ever more sophisticated, with the different versions propagated on different…

  • War Academy (military academy, Berlin, Germany)

    military, naval, and air academies: …the system was the venerable War Academy, or Kriegs Akademie, at Berlin, founded in 1810 and offering the highest advanced education for commissioned officers. A great complex of technical and auxiliary schools, such as for cavalry and engineering, filled in the system. After World War I the entire complex was…

  • War Admiral (racehorse)

    War Admiral, (foaled 1934), American racehorse (Thoroughbred) who in 1937 became the fourth winner of the American Triple Crown—the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. His dramatic 1938 race against Seabiscuit, the leading money winner of 1937 and a fan favourite, captured

  • War Against Cliché, The (essays by Amis)

    Martin Amis: Nabokov, and Other Excursions (1993), The War Against Cliché (2001), and The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump. Essays and Reportage, 1994-2016 (2017). Experience (2000), an autobiography that often focuses on his father, was acclaimed for an emotional depth and profundity that some reviewers had found lacking in…

  • war and defense economics (economics)

    War finance, fiscal and monetary methods that are used in meeting the costs of war, including taxation, compulsory loans, voluntary domestic loans, foreign loans, and the creation of money. War finance is a branch of defense economics. Government efforts to finance major wars have frequently led to

  • War and Peace (film by Bondarchuk [1967])
  • War and Peace (opera by Prokofiev)

    Sergey Prokofiev: Soviet period: …based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace. He was fascinated by the parallels between 1812, when Russia crushed Napoleon’s invasion, and the then-current situation. The first version of the opera was completed by the summer of 1942, but subsequently the work was fundamentally revised, a task that occupied more…

  • War and Peace (novel by Tolstoy)

    War and Peace, historical novel by Leo Tolstoy, originally published as Voyna i mir in 1865–69. This panoramic study of early 19th-century Russian society, noted for its mastery of realistic detail and variety of psychological analysis, is generally regarded as a masterwork of Russian literature

  • War and Politics (work by Brodie)

    Bernard Brodie: In 1973 Brodie also published War and Politics, a volume on the relations between military affairs and statecraft. In it he examined the history of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and looked at the changing attitudes toward war, theories on its causes,…

  • War and Remembrance (American television miniseries)

    Television in the United States: The era of the miniseries: War and Remembrance (ABC, 1988–89), at 30 hours the longest miniseries to date, signaled a significant waning of the genre when it failed to generate ratings to justify its expense.

  • War Babies (novella by Busch)

    Frederick Busch: In the novella War Babies (1989), Busch returned to the subject of family relationships with the story of a man who attempts to rid himself of feelings of guilt over his now-dead father’s imprisonment for treason. His later works include the novels Closing Arguments (1991), Long Way from…

  • War Between the States (United States history)

    American Civil War, four-year war (1861–65) between the United States and 11 Southern states that seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America. The secession of the Southern states (in chronological order, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana,

  • War Between the Tates, The (novel by Lurie)

    Alison Lurie: One of her best-known books, The War Between the Tates (1974; film 1977), concerns the manner in which the wife of a professor at mythical Corinth University deals with her husband’s infidelity. Foreign Affairs (1984; film 1993), winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, describes the separate, unexpected sexual…

  • War College (college, France)

    Ferdinand Foch: Rise in the military hierarchy: In 1885 he entered the War College for the first of three periods there over the next 25 years. He returned as a major in 1895 to teach general tactics, soon becoming a full professor. In 1908, when he was a brigadier general, Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau appointed him head…

  • war college (educational institution)

    War college, any one of five U.S. institutions of higher education that offer professional military education to senior officers in the U.S armed services, U.S. Department of Defense civilian employees, and foreign military officials. Four of the institutions—the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), the

  • War Communism (Soviet history)

    War Communism, in the history of the Soviet Union, economic policy applied by the Bolsheviks during the period of the Russian Civil War (1918–20). More exactly, the policy of War Communism lasted from June 1918 to March 1921. The policy’s chief features were the expropriation of private business

  • War Correspondent (film by Wellman [1945])

    William Wellman: Films of the 1940s: Wellman then directed The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), which is regarded by many critics as one of the best motion pictures about World War II. Robert Mitchum earned an Academy Award nomination for best actor for his portrayal of a battle-weary infantry captain, and Burgess Meredith gave…

  • war crime (international law)

    War crime, in international law, serious violation of the laws or customs of war as defined by international customary law and international treaties. The term war crime has been difficult to define with precision, and its usage has evolved constantly, particularly since the end of World War I. The

  • War Crimes (short stories by Carey)

    Peter Carey: title, Exotic Pleasures) and War Crimes (1979), exhibit many grotesque and macabre elements. His novels Bliss (1981; filmed 1985), Illywhacker (1985), and Oscar and Lucinda (1988; filmed 1997) are more realistic, though Carey used black humour throughout all three. The later novels are based on the history of Australia,…

  • War Crimes Act (United Kingdom [1991])

    House of Lords: …lacking the Lords’ support—including the War Crimes Act of 1991, which enabled Britain to prosecute alleged war criminals who became British citizens or residents of Britain. A principal effect of the act has thus been to discourage the House of Lords from opposing bills strongly supported by the House of…

  • war dance (ritual dance)

    dance: Defining according to function: …as descendants of the tribal war and hunting dances that have also been integral to many cultures. War dances, often using weapons and fighting movements, were used throughout history as a way of training soldiers and preparing them emotionally and spiritually for battle. Many hunting tribes performed dances in which…

  • War Democrat (American political faction)

    War Democrat, in the history of the United States, any of the Northern Democrats who supported the continued prosecution of the American Civil War. The great majority of Northern Democrats stayed loyal to the Union after the South seceded. So-called Peace Democrats (or “Copperheads” in pejorative

  • War Eagle (Sioux chief)

    Sioux City: …wives and their father, Chief War Eagle, who aided the European pioneers in the area. War Eagle’s grave is in a park on a bluff overlooking the river with a view of the three states. Incorporated in 1857, the community was renamed for the chief’s tribe. It grew with the…

  • War Emblem (racehorse)

    War Emblem, (foaled 1999), American racehorse (Thoroughbred) who in 2002 won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes but lost at the Belmont Stakes, ending his bid for the coveted Triple Crown of American horse racing. War Emblem was part of a last-minute business deal that took place just

  • war engine (ancient warfare)

    military technology: Mechanical artillery: …in 399 bce directed his engineers to construct military engines in preparation for war with Carthage. Dionysius’s engineers surely drew on existing practice. The earliest of the Greek engines was the gastrophetes, or “belly shooter.” In effect a large crossbow, it received its name because the user braced the stock…

  • War Fever (work by Ballard)

    J.G. Ballard: His short-story collection War Fever (1990) contains humorously nihilistic meditations on such topics as compulsory sex and the oblivious attitudes of a media-saturated society.

  • war fever (pathology)

    typhus: Epidemic typhus: Epidemic typhus has also been called camp fever, jail fever, and war fever, names that suggest overcrowding, underwashing, and lowered standards of living. It is caused by the bacterium Rickettsia prowazekii and is conveyed from person to person by the body louse, Pediculus humanus humanus.…

  • war finance (economics)

    War finance, fiscal and monetary methods that are used in meeting the costs of war, including taxation, compulsory loans, voluntary domestic loans, foreign loans, and the creation of money. War finance is a branch of defense economics. Government efforts to finance major wars have frequently led to

  • War Hawk (United States history)

    War Hawk, in U.S. history, any of the expansionists primarily composed of young Southerners and Westerners elected to the U.S. Congress in 1810, whose territorial ambitions in the Northwest and Florida inspired them to agitate for war with Great Britain. The War Hawks, who included such future

  • War Horse (film by Spielberg [2011])

    Steven Spielberg: 2000 and beyond: …2011 Spielberg helmed another adaptation, War Horse. The drama was based on a popular Broadway play, which itself was developed from a 1982 children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo. The story opens shortly before the start of World War I, when a horse named Joey is sold to a cavalry officer…

  • War Horse (play by Stafford)

    Marianne Elliott: …Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel War Horse, which she codirected with Tom Morris. The production, which featured life-sized horse puppets, premiered in October 2007 at the NT’s South Bank location, and in 2008 Elliott earned one of the play’s six Laurence Olivier nominations. In March 2009 War Horse transferred to…

  • War Hunt (film by Sanders [1962])

    Sydney Pollack: Early work in television and film: …in his first feature film, War Hunt (1962). The Korean War drama featured Robert Redford, and Pollack would later collaborate with Redford on a number of notable movies.

  • War in New Zealand, The (work by Fox)

    Sir William Fox: …defended his government’s actions in The War in New Zealand (1860; rev. ed., 1866). Although he acted as premier (1869–72), the colonial treasurer, Julius Vogel, held the real power. In his parliamentary career, Fox was most effective as head of the opposition rather than in leading the government. He resigned…

  • War Industry Committee (Russian history)

    Russia: War and the fall of the monarchy: Unofficial War Industry Committees were established in major cities and some provinces to bring together representatives of local authorities, cooperatives, merchants, industrialists, and workers for mutual consultation on economic priorities. These were supplemented in the summer of 1915 by government-sponsored Special Councils in the fields of…

  • War Information, Office of (United States agency)

    Elmer Davis: Appointed to head the Office of War Information in 1942, Davis won respect for his handling of official news and propaganda, although his liberal stance, especially his opposition to military censorship, generated controversy. In 1945 he resumed his career as a news broadcaster with the American Broadcasting Company until…

  • War is Over, The (film by Resnais [1966])

    Alain Resnais: …political figures, however, as in La Guerre est finie (1966; “The War Is Over”), his scrupulosity and tragic humanism are so much in evidence that his work transcends partisan feelings.

  • War Labor Disputes Act (United States [1943])

    Smith-Connally Anti-Strike Act, (June 25, 1943), measure enacted by the U.S. Congress, over President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s veto, giving the president power to seize and operate privately owned war plants when an actual or threatened strike or lockout interfered with war production. Subsequent

  • War Lord, The (film by Schaffner [1965])

    Franklin J. Schaffner: Schaffner next directed The War Lord (1965), a medieval drama starring Charlton Heston and Richard Boone. Less popular was The Double Man (1967), an espionage drama with Yul Brynner in a dual role as an American and an East German spy.

  • War Machine (film by Mich?d [2017])

    Brad Pitt: Films from the late 1990s and beyond: …portrayed a four-star general in War Machine, a military satire that was released on Netflix. Pitt later reteamed with Tarantino in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (2019), playing the stunt double of a washed-up actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) in 1969 Los Angeles. For his performance, Pitt earned both an Oscar and…

  • war mask

    mask: Therapeutic uses: A war mask will have a malevolent expression or hideously fantastic features to instill fear in the enemy. The ancient Greeks and Romans used battle shields with grotesque masks (such as Gorgon masks) or attached terrifying masks to their armour, as did Chinese warriors. Grimacing menpō,…

  • War Measures Act (Canada [1970])

    Canada: Quebec separatism: …intervention, prompting enactment of the War Measures Act, which suspended the usual civil liberties. Subsequently some 500 people were arrested, and troops were moved into Quebec. The Canadian public generally approved of the act, but few convictions followed, except of those accused of the murder of Laporte.

  • War Memoirs (work by Lloyd George)

    David Lloyd George: Later years and assessment: …himself thereafter to writing his War Memoirs (1933–36) and The Truth About the Peace Treaties (1938). In 1940 Winston Churchill invited him to join his War Cabinet, but Lloyd George declined, ostensibly on grounds of age and health. Just two months before his death, he was elevated to the peerage…

  • War Message (speech by McKinley)
  • War Mobilization, Office of (United States government)

    United States: War production: …mobilization, and in 1943 an Office of War Mobilization was established to supervise the host of defense agencies that had sprung up in Washington, D.C. Gradually, a priorities system was devised to supply defense plants with raw materials; a synthetic rubber industry was developed from scratch; rationing conserved scarce resources;…

  • War of the End of the World, The (work by Vargas Llosa)

    Mario Vargas Llosa: …del fin del mundo (1981; The War of the End of the World), an account of the 19th-century political conflicts in Brazil, became a best seller in Spanish-speaking countries. Three of his plays—La se?orita de Tacna (1981; The Young Lady of Tacna), Kathie y el hipopotamo (1983; Kathie and the…

  • War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness, The (Hebrew document)

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