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Updated from the 2001 edition, the two-volume Encyclopedia ofUrban Legends provides a concise overview of specific tales (and theirvariations), legend themes, legends by specific region, and an overview ofurban-legend research. Each entry includes additional references for thosewishing to do further study, something that is especially helpful for themore academic entries, such as "Literature and Urban Legends."Updates from the 2001 edition include additional entries on HurricaneKatrina, 9/11, and a section titled "Urban Legends in the Media,2004-2011," which provides references to how the term urban legendhasbeen used (and misused) in newspapers and magazines in the past decade.Prolific author Brunvand is still actively collecting these entries, and heprovides his contact information to anyone who wishes to add to the list.




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The cross-referencing in the work is excellent. Not entirely sureof a legend's official name? A "Type Index of Urban Legends"at the end of the work categorizes the legends by common themes, such as"Legends about Automobiles," "The Dead Pet Replaced,""Trademarks and Logos, Etc.," and more. What makes the encyclopediastand out from the popular website Snopes.com (which provides a useful, freeonline catalog of urban legends) are the sections geared towardstudents---entries on Analysis and interpretation, Freudian approach, andHistorical approach as well as entries about urban legends in othercountries, such as Mexico, Russia, and Ireland.


A selected bibliography at the end of the work provides additionalresources for readers wishing to further their research (in addition to thesource references at the end of most entries). One wish for future editionswould be a reorganization of the entries. Instead of entries being entirelyalphabetical, it would make sense to have separate sections for the specificlegends, urban-legend research, and legends in other countries, as this mightmake the work easier for students to navigate. As it is, this is an excellentbeginning resource for students interested in the subject.


Stephen Wheeler teaches urban design and sustainable development at University of California, Davis. He is the author of Climate Change and Social Ecology: A New Perspective on the Climate Challenge and Planning for Sustainability: Towards Livable, Equitable, and Ecological Communities. He is also the co-editor of The Sustainable Urban Development Reader. Wheeler has served as transportation commissioner for the City of Berkeley and as a lobbyist for environmental organizations in Washington, DC. His guidebook, Smart Infill, published by Greenbelt Alliance, won the 2003 Education Project Award from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association. His other awards include the Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism Award, the Munsell Memorial Award and first place in the Infill Category of the Housing the Next Ten Million competition sponsored by the Great Valley Center in California (with Michael Larice). His current research focuses on 1) climate change planning for mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation; 2) the evolution of built landscapes in metropolitan regions; and 3) theory and practice of sustainable development.


Course readings will include both secondary source readings on baseball history, Chicago, and urban history as well as primary source materials that discuss the different actors and communities that campaigned for or against integration as the process unfolded. Assigned materials will expose the mixture of agendas that shaped the stances of the different actors in their either supporting, slowing down, or opposing integration. In so doing, we will analyze questions of historical interpretations: How do historians use evidence to build an argument? How do we place historical scholarship in conversation with one another? Finally, this class is intended for majors who are ready to think critically about history. It will be taught in a discussion-based format, with a heavy emphasis on student participation. Assignments will include presentations, short reaction papers, and an end of the semester project.


In 1517, the birth-year of the Protestant Reformation, the great humanist Desiderius Erasmus wrote that "as if on a given signal, splendid talents are stirring." In 1536, the year of his death, this same Erasmus wrote: "This is the worst age of history." In both cases, Erasmus was right. The age of Reformations combined a powerful sense of promise with bitter human misery. It combined dreams of freedom with brutal subjugation. This age of astonishing beauty, penetrating faith, and fervent piety also saw so much waste and needless suffering: witch-burnings and religious war, forced conversions, famine, and enslavement.


The region between Western Europe and the Soviet Union/Russia in the twentieth century was (and is) a world of contradictions. We see them in political experiments ranging from liberalism and peasantism to fascism and communism; in the creation of democratic institutions and the failure of democracy; in nationalism before, during, and after Communism; in cultural integration into urban Europe and the persistence of the folk spirit of the village; in strivings to industrialize and the persistence of agriculture; and in the advance of materialism and the deepening of traditional spirituality. Within this broad context, we shall examine society and politics and national identity in the 1920s and 1930s, the effects of World War II on the region, the nature of Communist regimes between the end of the war and their fall in 1989, and the transition to democracy and further integration into Europe after 1989. We shall also have to decide how, and to what extent, Eastern Europe differed from the West and whether, in the twentieth century, the gap between them became wider or narrower. The countries to be studied are Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Albania.


Over the last year I forgot about the blog and the doubts. Till I read this piece of information during my vacations. Needless to say I read the story while enjoying a great cup of coffee*. The moral of his story written in 2012 was: There is no way to get the data and to proof whether the research is valid and reliable. 041b061a72


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