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The Age of Reason - The best book on the 18th century society?

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 Bobby White (August 31, 2011)  The Age of Reason is the best single volume summary I have read to date of 18th century society — principally European, though also covering in less depth the American and British — including the cultural, intellectual and political life. Harold Nicolson's intelligence, graceful writing style, wit, and — importantly — deep reading and study of the 18th century .. (History)

History of the Church 15

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 Aaron Myers (June 25, 2010)  It seems that Zion’s Camp was organized so that the Saints could “redeem and restore zion. ” This is very intriguing to me. It seems that the Missourians might have already issued warrants for some of the saints’ arrest. And perhaps issued them notices of eviction. (Obviously I don’t know if that’s what it was called back then. ) The Missourians .. (History)

History of the Church 6

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 Aaron Myers (June 25, 2010)  Dear Cousin, There are a lot of changes going on right now. It’s really complicated. I don’t understand everything that is going on; I only understand my point of view, and even then I still have a lot of questions about what is happening with our little town of Jackson County, Missouri. There is a group of people called the Mormons. I don’t know if you have ever .. (History)

History of the Church 5

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 Aaron Myers (June 25, 2010)  At the time Edward Partridge was serving as a Bishop in the church. Here is is commanded and given the responsibility to help divide the land among the saints as their inheritance. He was to do this as they were able to buy up the land. Edward Partridge is very much involved in this process of buying up land as they get money, and then he was to distribute it. It is hard to say .. (History)

Church History 6

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 Aaron Myers (June 16, 2010)  On the 2nd of January 1831 several church members inquired of Joseph about a previous commandment that must have been given to them about moving. Joseph prayed in front of them and received a revelation, and he gave it to them. Some of the members started making preparations to leave and move to Ohio. Other members were upset and thought that he made it up so that he could get rich and . (History)

Church History Review 5

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 Aaron Myers (June 16, 2010)  Part 1 -What is a dispensation? -What is apostasy? -What is a restoration? (as it pertains to the gospel) -In your opinion, why do you think the great apostasy occurred? -Why do you believe leaders of Christ's church were persecuted? What are 2 or 3 qualities Joseph saw in his father that he may have noted in himself. What are 2 or 3 qualities Joseph saw in his mother that he may . (History)

Church History Review 3

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 Aaron Myers (June 16, 2010)  I think during this time period it is evident that Joseph Smith did a lot of asking. The church was new, and he didn’t know how he was to run all of the affairs. This is apparent because he would go to inquire for more information. D&C 6:5 Therefore, if you will aask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you. I think Joseph must have gotten into .. (History)

History of the Church Book Review Chapter 2

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 Aaron Myers (May 26, 2010)  I suppose that questions 2 and 3 people will say that Joseph Smith inherited characteristics from his parents. Question 2 refers to his mother’s characteristics and question 3 refers to his father’s. People could say that he inherited his thought process from his mother, her good looks (hehe), her search for knowledge, search for understanding, and perhaps her endurance .. (History)

History of The Church Chapter 1 Review

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 Aaron Myers (May 26, 2010)  What five test questions would you create for yourself from today's reading? -What is a dispensation? -What is apostasy? -What is a restoration? (as it pertains to the gospel) -In your opinion, why do you think the great apostasy occurred? -Why do you believe leaders of Christ's church were persecuted? 3. What were the three most significant historical events mentioned in this .. (History)

Book Review Of Field Marshal Von Manstein, The Janus Head, A Portrait

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 Steven Mercatante (January 15, 2009)  Few would argue with the assertion Erich von Manstein ranked among the best operational level military commanders of the Second World War, if not the best. Nevertheless, because of Manstein's decisions during and after the War, he also ranks among the War's most controversial figures. In spite of Manstein's central role in the War however, there has been no official biography written .. (History)

The Enemy Within

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 Amilu Stewart (January 15, 2009)  The enemy within is a nonfiction historical account of the development of witch hunts both in Europe and in the American colonies. The author is John Demos who is a professor of history at Yale University and is the author of several articles and books on American history. The early European development of witch craft started in local cult activities beginning in the middle ages when .. (History)

Grandson Researches Grandfather's WWII History

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 Steve Terjeson (January 06, 2009)  Review - Finding Granddad's War It is very fitting that Ancestry Publishing (Ancestry.com) was the publisher for Jeffrey Badger's Finding Granddad's War. As it's title states, this book details the research methods and the travels of a young man in search of the history of a grandfather he never knew. Jeffrey Badger was only two months old when his grandfather, Leo Kavanaugh, passed .. (History)

Book Review of Pushing the Bear by Diane Glancy

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 Elizabeth Carr (January 02, 2009)  Pushing the Bear by Diane Glancy was about the Cherokee Indians’ plight on the Trail of Tears. By using both fictional characters and actual historical figures intertwined with actual primary sources, Glancy weaved a convincing story that tells the human experience of the Trail of Tears. Through the eyes of the fictional characters, Maritole and Knowbowtie, the reader was able to .. (History)

The Devil in Massachusetts - A Modern Enquiry Into the Salem Witch Trials by Marion L Starkey

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 Alan G. Scott (January 01, 2009)  The back cover of the edition of The Devil in Massachusetts I read stated that Ms. Starkey “applies modern psychiatric knowledge to the witchcraft hysteria" which plagued Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Although Starkey's work is obviously well-researched and is historically authentic, it is neither an enquiry nor a psychological evaluation with new insights into the mass panic .. (History)

The Great Purge

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 Bijan Akhavan (December 18, 2008)  In the memoir “Journey into the Whirling" by Eugenia Ginzburg explained and evaluates his life and the why she and others in her position were arrested for conspiracy against the government. In this memoir Ginzburg talks about her being imprisoned for eighteen years during the great purge. Lenin believed there were enemies in the government, and he would call them “Enemies .. (History)

The Interpreter Written by Marcelle Kellerman

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 Cy Hilterman (December 04, 2008)  The story is true but uses an alias for the person that had kept his notes from his actions as an interpreter during WWII in Europe, mostly Germany and France. The name used is Frank van Huegen. His job generally was to interpret words and meanings from suspected spies or known collaborators so the German officials could charge those they suspect, or have simply made up their mind .. (History)

This Military Historian Records the Heroic Acts of Unheralded Heroes

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 Emory Daniels (December 03, 2008)  Bud Feuer is a pretty prolific military historian, having written more than a dozen military history books. But what makes Feuer stand apart, in my opinion, is his histories of little known, unheralded, unusual military units. A case in point is the Australian coast watchers who performed heroic duty when the Japanese were advancing through the South Sea Islands during World War II. In . (History)

Review of Venus Rising

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 Steve Terjeson (December 03, 2008)  Venus Rising is a record, not only of historical value, but a personal one of a man's life in the Navy during World War II. Harry William Deal put his memories to paper, not for the first time, but a second time more than 60 years later. A Texan, having seen the ocean only once, joined his friends in the Navy onboard the oil tanker USS Raccoon in the Pacific. The memoir tells not only .. (History)

Review of Killing Rommel

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 Steve Terjeson (December 03, 2008)  Based on the real-life exploits of the British special forces Long Range Desert Group during World War II, Killing Rommel pits this elite group against the German Afrika Korps and its legendary commander Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. Author Steven Pressfield brings this narration to life. Set to the point of view of a young lieutenant, he mixes historical facts, real events and even .. (History)

Discover the Domesday Book

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 Gary Terrazas (November 28, 2008)  The Domesday book gives every person with a keen interest in history and society to get a chance to see and feel what life in the medieval times was like. Compiled somewhere between 1085 and 1086 AD on the command of King William I of England, the domesday book is the result of a painstaking economic and social survey that was undertaken at that time. Historians differ in opinion on .. (History)

A Thanksgiving Story of Violence

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 Kevin Leland (November 25, 2008)  My wife is a Mayflower descendent, the 13th great-granddaughter of Captain Miles Standish. She is also a direct descendent of the Pilgrim, Reverend Cushman. She is a reverent woman; that must come from the Reverend, but the Captain's DNA must lay claim to the mean streak, and the constant barking out orders. Miles Standish was, according to a very interesting book by John S. C. Abbott, . (History)

Earrings From Antiquity to the Present - 2500 Years of Earrings by D Mascetti and A Triossi

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 Jane Shafrin (October 28, 2008)  Earrings From Antiquity to the Present: 2500 Years of Earrings (available in hard cover or paperback) presents a history of these important components of a woman's and man's appearance. The authors are specialists in the history and archeology of jewelry. The story begins in the fifth century B. C.in central Italy with the Etruscans, whose preferred earring was the hoop, often decorated . (History)

Summary of Middle East Conflict

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 Candis Reade (October 27, 2008)  The article of Louis Kriesberg has presented 2 case studies about the Central Europe and Middle East conflicts. He wrote a summary of Middle East conflict and the central Europe conflict. He has described the efforts directed for the prevention of their intractability and those, which persuaded their transformation to become more negotiable. With this summary, Kriesberg ideas about the .. (History)

The Slow Turning Tide - Hastings in Post WWII Austerity

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 Kay Green (October 06, 2008)  I have been lucky enough to see an advance copy of ‘The Slow Turning Tide’ - the latest of Victoria Seymour's social histories written for the people of Hastings, and I'm delighted to say that I think it's her best yet. Its subtitle, ‘Hastings in Austerity, 1946-1954’ suggests that a sobering read is ahead and yet, ironically, for people of my generation (I was .. (History)

The Queen Pharaoh of Egypt, Queen Hatshepsut

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 Loida Patino (September 25, 2008)  In my college years, its always been my favorite when its time for my history of architecture subject  specially the part, Ancient Near East. Now, many years later, the feeling is still the same. So I decided to make my own research and study about the history of Egypt and the great pharaohs, queens and their contribution to the ancient world. The grandeur of their architecture, their .. (History)

The Whiskey Rebels Written by David Liss

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 Cy Hilterman (September 25, 2008)  I have always loved history and historical fiction from the Revolutionary War period. The Whiskey Rebels takes place in the Philadelphia, New York City, and the area between there and Western Pennsylvania shortly after the war ended. The book is mostly factual with only a few fictional characters molded into actuality with a bit of fiction to enhance the story. David Liss writes in a .. (History)

Passing on the Comfort - The War, the Quilts, and the Women Who Made a Difference

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 Kimberly Wulfert (September 22, 2008)  An Keuning-Tichelaar, now 82, was a devoted anti-war protestor in today's terms. She lived in the Netherlands during WWII. Her compelling story is about the resistance movement she was involved in which helped refugees and the Jewish people during the terrible years of World War II. An married a Mennonite minister, Herman, in order to help these survivors as much as humanly possible. .. (History)

ESL Book Review - Vancouver Stories

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 Jane Wangersky (August 27, 2008)  This simple, 50 -page book will give adult students a real grounding in Vancouver's past. It tells the stories behind four places whose names become known to anyone who spends time in Vancouver: Granville Island, Kitsilano, the Lions Gate Bridge, and Deadman's Island. Although it's meant for literacy students, it can also help adult ESL students feel more at home in the city, whether .. (History)

Book Review of Tea - Addiction, Exploitation and Empire

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 Paul Gerst (August 21, 2008)  Despite the increasing popularity of tea, few good books exist on the history of tea trade. Roy Moxham's book, Tea - Addiction, Exploration and Empire, offers an interesting examination of the subject. Moxham, author of several historical books, recently retired from the University of London. As such, the story is told from a British perspective. Since the British were so influential .. (History)

Katherine Swynford by Alison Weir (Clipper Audiobook Edition)

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 Francine Levitov (August 19, 2008)  Alison Weir is widely known for her historical fiction, but she researches and writes historical biographies as well. Inspired as a young woman by Anya Seton's 1954 historical romance, Katherine, the popular novelist has always wanted to chronicle the lives of John of Gaunt and his long-term mistress and eventual third wife, Katherine Swynford. This book fulfills that dream. Despite its . (History)

World War 2 Stories - What They Can Teach Us About Heroes

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 Ronald Standerfer (August 13, 2008)  Every once in a while a book manages to burrow its way into my mind and I can't make it go away. The Hellish Vortex is that kind of book. It didn't start out that way. As a matter of fact, when I first looked at the cover I thought, Gee, this is a book about a young fighter pilot in World War II. I was a young fighter pilot back in the dark ages and flew combat in the Vietnam War. This .. (History)

Natives Along the Wabash

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 Sheryl Hartman (August 12, 2008)  Teachers, educators and historians, here is a book that will help you teach young people about the real Native Americans that lived in the Wabash Valley. This special teacher resource guides you from one time period to the next with line illustrations that can double as coloring book pages for the very young. Each illustration is clearly defined and detailed with an explanation of the .. (History)

The Last Queen by CW Gortner

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 Tracee Gleichner (July 30, 2008)  Book Synopsis: Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country's throne, has been for centuries and enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth. Was she the bereft widow of legend who was driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was ahead of her time? In his stunning new novel, C. W. Gortner challenges the myths about Queen Juana, unraveling the .. (History)

The Private Investigator Highlighting the Pinkertons

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 Audry Grant (July 26, 2008)  When Jesse James and his Wild Bunch had finally robbed one bank too many, Allan Pinkerton and his son William stepped up to exert a very terrifying pressure upon the outlaws. Intelligent, incredibly tenacious, physically powerful, fearless, and with an almost fanatical devotion for the laws of their land, they were without a doubt two of America's greatest detectives. Allan Pinkerton .. (History)

Private Investigator Files The Younger Brothers

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 Audry Grant (July 26, 2008)  One of the best accounts of the Youngers comes from a friend to the Younger family, August Appler, editor of the Osceola Missouri Democrat, who tells how Cole Younger and his band of followers captured fifteen men. In camp that night, Cole debated with the members of his gang on the merits of the Enfield rifle. One of the gang thought that since it could kill a man at a mile, it could .. (History)

Queen Marys Court and Her Battle Over Two Religions 1500s Part One

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 Stephanie Stewart (July 25, 2008)  Great King Henry the Eighth is on his deathbed when his daughter the Princess Mary is summoned to court. Catholic Bishops have told her it is to pronounce her Queen that she has been summoned, being the first born of Henry's three legitimate children. Instead the girl is denounced in favour of Edward by her father and runs in terror of a court and a country that has persecuted Catholics . (History)

Do Old Books Have Any Value?

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 Brice Hogan (July 23, 2008)  I love old books. I walked into a old book store a few weeks ago and it just breathed knowledge. Have you ever looked through a copy of an old addition Moby Dick? There is just some mystique about old books. 5 ways old books have any value. 1. History Old books have any value because they are valuable as history windows. Old books have the ability to take us back in time and to relive . (History)

Nazi Jews A Historical Paradox

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 Brian Cuban (July 11, 2008)  Would it surprise anyone to learn that there were upwards of 150, 000 soldiers of partial Jewish descent serving in the Nazi army during World War II? I had no idea until I attended a lecture by Bryan Mark Rigg discussing his book entitled Hitler's Jewish Soldiers. What is even more startling is that Adolf Hitler was aware of this and for a while allowed them to serve. In most cases .. (History)

Axe of Iron The Settlers

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 Shirley Roe (July 05, 2008)  Genre: Historical Fiction Title: Axe of Iron: The Settlers Author: J. A. Hunsinger Can the two men discover the perfect home for this diversified group of men, women and children? Will Halfdan decide to take a wife from amongst the women traveling with them? How will they coexist with the natives? Author, J. A. Hunsinger is an expert in the mores and customs of the Northmen, the Vikings . (History)

The Night Battles by Carlo Ginzburg

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 John Schlismann (July 02, 2008)  Friulian society was one of superstition, a rural society in which the old traditions, many of them pre-Christian traditions died hard and were completely foreign to the non-Friulian inquisitors. Many of the people in the society were uneducated and sought to explain hard times they encountered through supernatural means, such as witches and the benandanti. The evidence put forth in .. (History)

Nefertiti By Michelle Moran

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 Mirella Patzer (July 01, 2008)  Nefertiti reigned in Ancient Egypt between 1351 and 1331 B. C. She was the chief wife of the “heretic" Pharaoh Akhenaten. Akhenaten desperately wanted a male heir and Nefertiti tried hard to provide him with one. Instead, she presented him with six daughters. It was Queen Kiya, his lesser wife, Kiya, who provided him with male heirs - Smenkhkare and Tutankhamun, a fact which .. (History)

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Chinese Classical Novel

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 Linus Leong (June 30, 2008)  All the worlds under heaven, After a long period of division, Tends to come together; After a long period of unity, Tends to fall apart. Written by Luo Guanzhong ( W/-) in the late Yuan and early Ming period (the exact period is not known), the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, continue to be the most popular classical novels in Chinese Literature all these years. The period of the .. (History)

Killing Rommel Written by Steven Pressfield

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 Cy Hilterman (June 25, 2008)  This novel presents an excellent account of Desert warfare in Africa during World War II. The account is taken from manuscripts written by R. Lawrence Chapman, “Chap" as he was called. Chap's father had been a mentor and surrogate father to the author of this book who would never consider publishing his “account" of his minor, as he called it, service to England during the .. (History)

Jean Lafitte Prince of Pirates by Jack C Ramsay, Jr

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 Alan G. Scott (June 20, 2008)  In all the pirate books I've read, Jean Lafitte is mentioned mainly in reference to his helping the U. S. and future President Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 against the British. The one event, although heroic, does not begin to attest to the person of Jean Lafitte. Ramsay's biography of the famed pirate is an easy read and chronicles Lafitte's achievements before .. (History)

The Spanish Inquisition An Historical Revision by Henry Kamen

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 Philip Spires (June 19, 2008)  Henry Kamen´s The Spanish Inquisition is an amazing experience. It is a highly detailed, supremely scholarly and ultimately enlightening account of an historical phenomenon whose identity and reputation have become iconic. So much has been written about it, so many words have been spoken that one might think that there is not too much new to be learned. But this is precisely where .. (History)

Thomas Benders Vibrant Culturist Communities

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 John K. Press (June 17, 2008)  Coldwater, Michigan sounds like culturist heaven. In their newspapers one finds endless lectures prepared for citizens by citizens on literature, history and science. Debates and free classes must have reflected the historical, biblical and classical allusions evident in their two leading newspapers. They were culturist in that the town constantly sought to cultivate themselves through .. (History)

Important Story of Vietnam War Marine and PTSD

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 Tyler Tichelaar (March 29, 2008)  My Tour in Hell: A Marine's Battle with Combat Trauma David W. Powell Modern History Press (2006) ISBN: 9781932690221 Although a history buff, the Vietnam War is one area I have avoided studying simply because I felt it could only be depressing. I was surprised and re-educated about that simple belief by David Powell's autobiography of his tour in Vietnam and how Post-Traumatic Stress .. (History)

Final Impact

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 Sunil Tanna (March 20, 2008)  Final Impact is the third and final volume in John Birmingham's Axis of Time trilogy (the first two volumes being Weapons of Choice and Designated Targets). It is now two years since a 21st century multi-national (principally American, British and Australian) naval task force has been accidentally transported back from 2021 to 1942, triggering changes all over the world, and in the .. (History)

Designated Targets

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 Sunil Tanna (March 20, 2008)  Designated Targets is the second volume in John Birmingham's Axis of Time trilogy (the first volume being Weapons of Choice). The story is picked up four months after the end of the previous novel, where, to recap, a 21st century multi-national (principally American, British and Australian, but also including French, Indonesians and other nationalities) naval task force has somehow been . (History)

Weapons of Choice

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 Sunil Tanna (March 20, 2008)  In the 1980 movie, The Final Countdown, a modern US aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitiz, travels back in time through some kind of vortex to December 6th 1941, and seems to get the opportunity to intervene and stop the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This type of scenario is very popular in alternate history discussion forums and newsgroups (see also ISoT), and John Birmingham's .. (History)




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