100 Mistakes that Changed History: Backfires and Blunders by Bill Fawcett

By Bill Fawcett

Amassed in a single quantity, listed here are backfires and mistakes that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and adjusted the process the realm. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile predicament, historical past is stuffed with undesirable strikes and not-so-bright principles that snowballed into mess ups and accidental results. This engrossing booklet appears to be like at 100 such tipping issues. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The Caliphs of Baghdad spend themselves out of business. The Aztecs greet the Conquistadors with open palms. Mexico invitations the americans to Texas-and the american citizens by no means depart. And the remaining is history...

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Christusmonogramm’, LCI 1 (1974, repr. 1990), 456–8; H. v. v. ‘Kreuz I’, 25–8. 41 S. Heid, ‘Vexillum Crucis. Das Kreuz als Religions-, Missions- und Imperialsymbol in der fru¨hen Kirche’, RivAC 78 (2002), 191–259, esp. 204–9. caskets decorated with biblical scenes 19 relatively many representations in Roman art have caused scholars to think that the Traditio legis is of Roman origin. In the ivory casket from Samagher, whose lid shows the Traditio legis, the back panel represents a liturgical ceremony taking place in what is thought to be the shrine of the apostle in the old S.

Peter, in semiproskynesis pose, is seen in full profile on Christ’s left. In his left arm he cradles a 23 Rev. 1: 8. See also 21: 6 and 22: 13. E. v. ‘A und O’, RAC 1 (1950), 1–4. 25 Acc. no. 2; B. Brenk, ‘Ein Scheinsarkophag im Metropolitan Museum in New York’, in V. ), Kolloquium u¨ber spa¨tantike und fru¨hmittelalterliche Skulptur (Mainz: von Zabern, 1970), 2. 43–53; Rep. II, no. 131. 26 The vine scroll may appear for purely decorative purposes, as on the bronze bucket from the Museo Sacro in the Vatican (Inv.

Geburtstag (Munich: Ed. Maris, 1988), 108–9; J. G. Deckers, ‘ Vom Denker zum Diener, Bemerkungen zu den Folgen der konstantinischen Wende im Spiegel der Sarkophagplastik’, in B. ), Innovation in der Spa¨tantike. Kolloquium Basel 6. und 7. Mai 1994 (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 1996), 149–51. 33 The lid of the Ravenna casket is missing, but it could well have been decorated by a cross with an Alpha and Omega. See the discussion of the decoration programme below. For further discussion of the iconography of the marble reliquary and especially the Ascension scene see section B in this chapter.

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