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This publication recounts how the Wake Island garrison survived approximately day-by-day bombings and repulsed the 1st eastern try to take the atoll. the writer makes use of wide jap materials--many by no means ahead of used or available-- to spot the enemy order of conflict and the jobs each one unit performed within the drama.

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This controversy,84 one of the longest and bitterest among quite a few stormy debates in 19th-century South Slavic literary circles, was put to rest when the autograph of The Death of Smailagha C+engic; was found in Maz=uranic;&s papers after his death. As I already pointed out, because the final canto, ^^Kob&& ª^^Fate&&º was added literally at the last moment, no autograph of it and the very ending of ^^Harac=&& was found. This is appropriate> Maz=u ranic;&s great gift as a poet told him that there was something lacking in his otherwise polished epic> the judgment of History, the verdict of Fate.

The state of communications in the medieval Balkans was such that major centers on the coasts of the Peninsula, such as Constantinople, Salonica, Dubrovnik ªRagusaº or Split did have a general idea of what was going on in the interior of the Balkans, and this information did find its way into their written annals and chronicles. But the vast majority of the Peninsula did not. g. e. a notion of ªSouthº Slavdom. It was extremely difficult for the learned prelates (usually monks) of the various South Slavic states to gain the bird&s eye picture of the whole area of the Balkans where the South Slavs lived, and to relate the disparate stories in such a way as to extract from them a common core.

Maz=u ranic; was very much a product of his age> the 19 th century believed in and expected the South Slavs to liberate themselves (though suitably helped by, most likely, Russian help). 47 But Maz=uranic; was not content simply to differ from Gundulic; in his ^additions& to the latter&s Osman. In order to give his own version of the past, present and future of the South Slavs he wrote his own epic, The Death of Smail-agha C+engic; ªSmrt Smail-age C+engic;aº which was published in 1846. 48 Maz=uranic;&s epic was inspired by an event that took place in 1840 when Maz=uranic; was twenty-six> Smail-agha C+engic;, the sultan&s collector of harac= ªTurkish harac≤, a form of a poll-tax on non-Muslimsº, the kapic≤i bas≤a, musselim of Gacko, Piva and Drobnjaci, born in Gacko in 1780, was ambushed by the Montenegrins while collecting tribute, and his head sent as a trophy to Cetinje, the capital of Montenegro, to its Prince-Bishop ªvladikaº, Petar II Petrovic; Njegoé (1813–1851) who ruled from 1830 until his premature death in 1851.

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