Europe History in Maps by R. R. Palmer

By R. R. Palmer

Because the new identify displays, Palmer’s A background of Europe within the glossy World continues its well-established old authority, whereas focusing extra particularly on Europe’s admired function in glossy international exchanges, country construction, transnational advertisement platforms, colonial empires, and cultural transitions. Combining concise money owed of particular countries and nationwide modifications with a wide-ranging, comparative research of foreign occasions, this up-to-date variation of a vintage textual content conscientiously examines the full sleek heritage of Europeans and their ceaselessly altering societies.

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Did such a gun ever exist? Probably not, no more so than did The Rifleman’s loop-levered Winchester carbine or the chopped Model 92 on Wanted: Dead or Alive. But there was a reason for those guns, which made us suspend reality and believe in them. Perhaps it can best be illustrated by The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a 1962 movie with one of the most famous lines of any western. ) Directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart, this film tells the story of a mild-mannered lawyer, played by Stewart, who shoots down a notorious gunslinger (Lee Marvin), and, based upon this brave act, goes on to become a famous, reform-dealing state senator.

In addition, the 5-in-1 blanks fired in these Peacemakers consisted of quarter-, half-, and full-load charges (depending on the effects desired by the director), of highly corrosive blackpowder. After a full day’s shooting, these guns were often put away by the studio’s armorer without even a cursory cleaning. That, of course, explains why many of these movie guns have bores that resemble an asphalt tunnel. With the supply of single-actions drying up after World War II, it is ironic that, in 1947—just as the Great Western TV Renaissance was about to saddle up—Colt's announced it would no longer be making this “obsolete” gun.

In the photo to the right, is Cimarron Firearms’ excellent replica of the 10-inch Buntline used in the movie Tombstone, although the TV gun was inspired by Stuart Lake’s book, Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshall. Did such a gun ever exist? Probably not, no more so than did The Rifleman’s loop-levered Winchester carbine or the chopped Model 92 on Wanted: Dead or Alive. But there was a reason for those guns, which made us suspend reality and believe in them. Perhaps it can best be illustrated by The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a 1962 movie with one of the most famous lines of any western.

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