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By Walter Lord

At the morning of March 6, 1836, in an outdated deserted venture known as the Alamo, a small Texas garrison fought to the loss of life instead of yield to an overpowering military of Mexicans. over the years the garrison’s heroic stand has turn into so clothed in folklore and romance that the reality has approximately been misplaced. In A Time to face Walter Lord rediscovers and recreates the total interesting tale. From modern records, diaries, and letters, he has mined a wealth of unpolluted info that throws fascinating sidelights at the epic of the Alamo. What have been the defenders like? Why did they take their stand? Did any get away? Did Davy Crockett surrender?

The solid of characters contains not just recognized figures like Jim Bowie yet unknown, unsung males: John Purdy Reynolds, the wandering Pennsylvania health care provider; George Kimball, the industrious long island hatter, Micajah Autry of Tennessee, who was once a much better poet than a businessman. after which there are the Mexicans: the excellent Santa Anna; the graceful Colonel Almonte; the forlorn inner most Juan Basquez, who purely desired to remain domestic and make footwear.

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By de‹nition, refugees confound conventional categories of belonging. 63 Where, then, does their history belong? Displaced persons sit uncomfortably between German and eastern European histories. Consequently, they are often treated as a subject apart. During the long Cold War, historical scholarship on eastern Europe generally neglected displaced persons, even though they represented a signi‹cant part of the population “lost” after the war. In their countries of origin, they were largely excised from the history books, an embarrassing reminder of the fact that not everyone returned home to participate in the heroic project of national reconstruction.

One approach is to examine movements across national boundaries and their role in shaping the nation. Another is to look at the role of global forces in creating nation-states. 77 Refugees would seem to be an obvious topic to examine from a 24 Between National Socialism and Soviet Communism transnational perspective, since they by de‹nition move across national borders and are obliged to deal with unfamiliar cultural contexts. Moreover, their existence undermines the perceived stability of national categories and the naturalness of the nation-state order, while also drawing analytic attention to the role that mobility and displacement play in the formation of communities and societies.

This makes it superior to theories of ethnic relations, which emphasize relations with the host society and think about social groups in terms of ethnic minorities and majorities. Looking at Kurdish refugees in contemporary Britain and Finland, sociologist Östen Wahlbeck notes that conditions in the home country are often much more important and real than conditions in the host society. Hence the concept of the minority has little meaning. Political developments at home have a strong impact on refugee communities, and refugee politics are often oriented toward the home country.

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