Baptiste and Wasem Handle Parker

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In late 1902, Harvey Parker, a professional wrestler who began wrestling in 1900, travelled to St. Louis to challenge the local wrestling community.  Parker may have thought St. Louis to be an easier town than “Farmer” Burns territory in Chicago and Iowa.  However, Parker would discover two capable wrestler in St. Louis, George Baptiste and Oscar Wasem. By 1902, George

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Imperial Policy in Ukraine

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In A History of Ukraine, historian Paul Robert Magosci depicts Russian imperial policy in Ukraine as a continuous march to Russian subjugation over Ukrainian territory.  Magosci posits that Peter I began the policy of subjugation and Catherine II realized it.  However, an analysis of the reigns of the dominant Russian monarchs of the Eighteenth-Century, Peter I and Catherine II, illustrates

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Stecher Beats Cutler for American Title

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When Frank Gotch retired as World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion after beating Georg Lurich in his last match, promoters scrambled to find a successor.  Samuel Rachmann tried to put forth his own champion by hosting the 1915 International Wrestling Tournament in New York City.  Rachmann wanted his challenger Aberg to win the tournament and be recognized by the public as the

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Was Battleship Potemkin (1925) Popular?

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Many critics and academics have examined and written about the work of Sergei Eisenstein in Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potyomkin, 1925).  The bulk of the writing concentrates on the aesthetic quality, cinematic technique, and most importantly, Eisenstein’s use of montage to create meaning in this exemplary film.  Few writers focus on the commercial success or failure of the film. The film

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Sullivan Wins Fight of the 19th Century

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John L. Sullivan was the transitional heavyweight prize fighting champion.  He transitioned prize fighting from the bare knuckle era to modern boxing under the Marquis of Queensbury rules by refusing to fight in any more non-gloved bouts.  Before he made this pledge, he took part in the Fight of the 19th Century with the formidable Jake Kilrain. Jake Kilrain was

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Ukraine in Austrian and Russian Empires

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Ukrainians lived in two separate empires and were subject to two different administrations during the Nineteenth Century.  These separate administrations caused a budding national movement to take shape in significantly different ways due to the different levels of freedom and development each empire allowed the Ukrainians. Russia refused to recognize Ukrainians as being a separate nationality or minority, while Austria

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