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  1. Aeneid: Book 8

    Edited by James J. O'Hara

    Aeneid: Book 8

    Series: The Focus Vergil Aeneid Commentaries

    Vergil: Aeneid 8 is part of a new series of commentaries on the Aeneid. Each volume adapts with extensive revisions and additions the commentaries of T. E. Page (1884, 1900), and is edited by a scholar of Roman epic. The present volume offers the Latin text of Book 8 along with maps, extensive notes, and commentary designed to meet the needs of intermediate students of Latin.

    "[F]or accessibility, affordability, and portability, O’Hara's commentary is hard to beat. I fully intend to use it when I next teach Aeneid 8 in my advanced Latin class, and I can heartily recommend that others do too."  —Brian P. Loar, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review

  2. Barbarians in the Greek and Roman World

    Erik Jensen

    Barbarians in the Greek and Roman World

    "A fascinating study of interrelatedness among peoples that does much to undermine the conventional notion of there being an essentialist divide between Greco-Roman and barbarian culture and peoples. Jensen's work is not only a testimony to the truly multicultural dimension of the ancient Mediterranean, but also a reminder of how contemporary prejudices help shape our view of past societies. The world that the author paints is 'a tumult of different ideas, interpretations, and conflicts that had no final resolution.' What better reason could a historian offer for studying antiquity? Both readable and scholarly, Barbarians in the Greek and Roman World has a refreshingly modern ring and delivers an important modern message." —Robert Garland, Colgate University

    "This book is excellent, and even necessary, reading for any survey of the ancient world. Easy to read and unafraid to explain scholarly arguments, Jensen takes his readers on a tour of the so-called Greek and Roman world. While he follows traditional chronological and temporal boundaries, he does not adhere to the old scholarly lens. In fact, by directly challenging it, he opens our eyes to an entirely different ancient world. Rather than speak from the heart of the Roman forum or the Athenian agora, Jensen approaches ancient history from the position of an outsider, as a scholar unwilling to settle on simple narratives of progress from single centers, but rather forcefully admitting difference. Ultimately, Jensen illustrates the benefit of moving beyond the Greeks and the Romans and the importance of doing so. After all, as far as the Romans and Greeks were concerned, we—the English-speaking readers that form Jensen's audience—are as much, if not more, barbarian than Greco-Roman!" —Brian Turner, Portland State University

  3. Cinéphile: Intermediate French Language and Culture through Film (Third Edition)

    Kerri Conditto

    Cinéphile: Intermediate French Language and Culture through Film (Third Edition)

    Cinéphile: Intermediate French Language and Culture through Film, Third Edition is ideally suited as a primary textbook for second-year French language courses. It seamlessly integrates French-language feature films into the study of French language and culture, offering a comprehensive review of first-year French as well as ongoing study of grammar, vocabulary, and development of communicative skills within a context of film and cultural study.

    Course instructors: If you have adopted the 3rd edition of Cinéphile as a required course text the instructor's manual and other resources may be requested here.

    Films: The films covered in Cinéphile are not included with the purchase of the textbook or workbook. Links to purchase or rent the films are available here.

  4. Cinéphile: Intermediate French Language and Culture through Film Workbook (Third Edition)

    Kerri Conditto

    Cinéphile: Intermediate French Language and Culture through Film Workbook (Third Edition)

    Cinéphile: Intermediate French Language and Culture through Film, Third Edition is ideally suited as a primary textbook for second-year French language courses. It seamlessly integrates French-language feature films into the study of French language and culture, offering a comprehensive review of first-year French as well as ongoing study of grammar, vocabulary, and development of communicative skills within a context of film and cultural study.

    The third edition of the Cinéphile Student Workbook includes a new section, Activités écrites et orales, which provides outlines for supplemental written and oral work.

    Course instructors: If you have adopted the 3rd edition of the Cinéphile Workbook as a required course text the instructor's manual and other resources may be requested here.

    Films: The films covered in Cinéphile are not included with the purchase of the textbook or workbook. Links to purchase or rent the films are available here.

  5. Contemporary French Cinema

    Alan J. Singerman and Michèle Bissière

    Contemporary French Cinema

    Like its French-language companion volume Le Cinéma français contemporain: Manuel de classe, Alan Singerman and Michèle Bissière's Contemporary French Cinema: A Student's Book offers a detailed look at recent French cinema through its analyses of twenty notable and representative French films that have appeared since 1980. Sure to delight Anglophone fans of French film, it can be used with equal success in English-language courses and, when paired with its companion volume, dual-language ones.

    Clips from each film covered in the textbook are available to qualified instructors in a password protected Vimeo collection. Instructors wishing to access clips from the films for course use may request access by using the online form here. The film clip request page also includes a complete list of the films covered.

  6. DACHL: Unterwegs in deutschsprachigen Ländern

    Franz-Joseph Wehage

    DACHL: Unterwegs in deutschsprachigen Ländern

    "I liked how DACHL did not follow the traditional organization for such a civilization and culture textbook. I appreciated the amount of 'space' dedicated to Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein, which usually have little or none." —Tim Straubel, Western Kentucky University

    Taking its name from the acronym for the group of countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, DACHL is a combined reader/workbook that offers third-year students of German a fascinating cultural and historical tour of these four major German-speaking countries. Through its unique focus on the DACHL countries and travel throughout them, it offers an eclectic mix of discussions of Germanic cultural history from prehistoric times to the present by way of contemporary German-language articles on capitals, cuisines, music, politics, commerce, architecture, UNESCO World Heritage sites, festivals, biking, and much more. The articles are accompanied by vocabulary and followed by exercises that test comprehension and activate vocabulary. Included as well are opportunities for research, oral presentations, and writing assignments.

    Additional Online Resources:

    Course Instructor's: Click here to request a PDF-only instructor's manual for DACHL.

  7. Dialogue on Consciousness: Minds, Brains, and Zombies

    John Perry

    Dialogue on Consciousness: Minds, Brains, and Zombies

    John Perry revisits the cast of characters of his classic A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality in this absorbing dialogue on consciousness. Cartesian dualism, property dualism, materialism, the problem of other minds . . . Gretchen Weirob and her friends tackle these topics and more in a dialogue that exemplifies the subtleties and intricacies of philosophical reflection. Once again, Perry’s ability to use straightforward language to discuss complex issues combines with his mastery of the dialogue form. A Bibliography lists relevant further readings keyed to topics discussed in the dialogue. A helpful Glossary provides a handy reference to terms used in the dialogue and an array of clarifying examples.

  8. Florence in the Age of the Medici and Savonarola, 1464–1498

    Kenneth Bartlett

    Florence in the Age of the Medici and Savonarola, 1464–1498

    Series: Passages: Key Moments in History

    "A brief narrative overview of the mainly political history of Florence to the end of the fifteenth century that also offers an attractive collection of illustrative documents, aimed to engage student interest and discussion." —Melissa Bullard, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    "Bartlett cuts through the political complexities of fifteenth-century Florence to offer students an engaging and accessible narrative supplemented by a wide range of relevant primary documents. This story of a key turning point in Florentine history continues to have much relevance in our own society.” —Brian J. Maxson, East Tennessee State University

  9. King Leopold's Congo and the "Scramble for Africa"

    Michael A. Rutz

    King Leopold's Congo and the "Scramble for Africa"

    Series: Passages: Key Moments in History

     "King Leopold of Belgium's exploits up the Congo River in the 1880s were central to the European partitioning of the African continent. The Congo Free State, Leopold’s private colony, was a unique political construct that opened the door to the savage exploitation of the Congo's natural and human resources by international corporations. The resulting ‘red rubber’ scandal—which laid bare a fundamental contradiction between the European propagation of free labor and ‘civilization’ and colonial governments’ acceptance of violence and coercion for productivity’s sake—haunted all imperial powers in Africa. Featuring a clever introduction and judicious collection of documents, Michael Rutz’s book neatly captures the drama of one king’s quest to build an empire in Central Africa—a quest that began in the name of anti-slavery and free trade and ended in the brutal exploitation of human lives. This volume is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the history of colonial rule in Africa." —Jelmer Vos, University of Glasgow

  10. Odes: With Carmen Saeculare

    Translated by Stanley Lombardo
    Introduction and notes by Anthony Corbeill

    Odes: With Carmen Saeculare

    "Yet again, Stanley Lombardo has produced a superb translation, this time of the Odes of Horace. The greatest virtue of his translation is that he represents the stanzas of Horace's lyric stanzas with his own poetic version, closely hewing to the stanzas of the Horatian original. The translation, with the Latin text facing—the first time he has given us the original language in a translation from classical antiquity—will instantly become the go-to text for courses in translation and will also be a resource for anyone interested in Rome’s greatest lyric poet." —Richard F. Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics, Harvard University

  11. Philosophers in the Classroom

    Edited by Steven M. Cahn, Alexandra Bradner, and Andrew P. Mills

    Philosophers in the Classroom

    "As a teacher for over two decades, I found Philosophers in the Classroom utterly absorbing, enlivening the teaching of philosophy by the insightful, inspiring, and entirely feasible practices employed by these master teachers." Sally Scholz, Villanova University

    "This fabulous collection features two dozen thought-provoking, instructive, and inspiring essays about the vocation and aims of teaching philosophy, written by a diverse group of award-winning professors. Philosophy instructors do well to reflect often on their pedagogy; this volume provides access to the reflections of successful colleagues. Anyone who teaches philosophy will benefit from reading this marvelous book." Robert B. Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

    "You will meet in these essays smart, experienced, reflective, and funny teachers. You will encounter a variety of creative perspectives on what people do in the classroom, covering everything from the 60,000 feet view about what the goals of a teacher are, to the micro quotidian ideas about assignments. There are accounts of great successes (and many an assignment you will want to try out for yourself), and a few rueful tales of (spectacular!) failures and how they shaped the next day, or week, or course. . . . One wonderful and distinctive thing about the volume is the deep mark of the personal on most of these pieces. These teachers struggle and stumble! They are sometimes filled with anxiety! But the love of what they do, and the constant careful attention to what works and what does not work propels them, and us, forward." —Katheryn Doran, Hamilton College

    Read James Rocha's essay Teaching Value Theory to the Disenfranchised from Philosophers in the Classroom on The Hackett Colloquium blog.

  12. Physics

    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by C. D. C. Reeve


    Series: The New Hackett Aristotle

    The Physics is a foundational work of western philosophy, and the crucial one for understanding Aristotle's views on matter, form, essence, causation, movement, space, and time. This richly annotated, scrupulously accurate, and consistent translation makes it available to a contemporary English reader as no other does—in part because it fits together seamlessly with other closely associated works in the New Hackett Aristotle series, such as the Metaphysics, De Anima, and forthcoming De Caelo and On Coming to Be and Passing Away. Eventually the series will include all of Aristotle's works. Sequentially numbered endnotes provide the information most needed at each juncture, while a detailed Index of Terms indicates places where focused discussion of key notions occurs. An illuminating general Introduction describes the book that lies ahead, explaining what sort of work it is and what sorts of evidence it relies on.

  13. Record of the Listener

    Hong Mai
    Edited and Translated, with an Introduction, by Cong Ellen Zhang

    Record of the Listener

    "Scholars who know classical Chinese have been reading and citing Hong Mai’s wonderful collection for many years. Now students can access these informative materials through Zhang’s lively English translations. They are both fun to read and deeply informative about daily life, religion, markets, and multiple social groups in the twelfth century. The comprehensive thematic guide allows readers to locate tales by subject matter, making this collection of 100 narratives ideal for classroom use."
    —Valerie Hansen, Yale University

  14. Rhetoric

    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by C. D. C. Reeve


    Series: The New Hackett Aristotle

    "The Rhetoric is, of course, a landmark in the history of rhetorical theory. It is also a major work of Aristotelian philosophy, which contains Aristotle's fullest discussion of the nature and value of dialectic, a pioneering treatment of non-conclusive but reputable argumentation and a wide-ranging examination of the emotions, among other things. Reeve's clear and accurate translation, with a meaty Introduction and copious notes, does justice to the Rhetoric in all its aspects as no English language translation has done before." James Allen, University of Toronto

    This new translation of Aristotle's Rhetoric, noteworthy for its consistency and accuracy, is the latest addition to the New Hackett Aristotle series. Fitting seamlessly with the others in the series, it enables Anglophone readers to read Aristotle’s works in a way previously impossible. Sequentially numbered endnotes provide the information most needed at each juncture, while a detailed Index of Terms guides the reader to places where focused discussion of key notions occurs.

  15. Seven Myths of Native American History

    Paul Jentz
    Series General Editors: Alfred J. Andrea and Andrew Holt

    Seven Myths of Native American History

    Series: Myths of History

     "Seven Myths of Native American History will provide undergraduates and general readers with a very useful introduction to Native America past and present. Jentz identifies the origins and remarkable staying power of these myths at the same time he exposes and dismantles them."
    Colin G. Calloway, Dartmouth College

    "Misconceptions continue to shape public perceptions of American Indians. Deeply ingrained cultural fictions, what Jentz (history, North Hennepin Community College) refers to as myths, have had a lasting hold on popular understanding of Native Americans. In this readable and engaging overview, Jentz provides an important corrective, one that not only catalogs key stories and stereotypes but also lays a foundation for challenging them. As the title indicates, Jentz seeks to demystify seven fundamental ideas about American Indians through critical histories. Following a helpful introductory discussion, he devotes a chapter to each myth. Specifically, he unpacks (1) the noble savage, (2) the ignoble savage, (3) wilderness and wildness, (4) the vanishing native, (5) the authentic Indian, (6) the ecological Indian, and (7) the mystical native. Throughout, Jentz employs clear language and tangible examples to clarify each myth and its significance. [T]his work will greatly benefit nonspecialists, including high school teachers and students. The volume will be useful as either a textbook in introductory courses in Native American studies or as secondary reading. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
    —C. R. King, Washington State University, in Choice

  16. Spanish Grammar: A Quick Reference

    David Wren

    Spanish Grammar: A Quick Reference

    On its own, or in conjunction with a variety of free online resources--grammar and vocabulary exercises, pronunciation drills, and more--this accurate and well-organized book is the ideal reference for students of Spanish at any level.

    "This guide is like having four semesters of Spanish textbooks in your pocket. All of the necessary grammar is right here. Very handy, surprisingly comprehensive, and the price is right." Louise Detwiler, Salisbury University

    "For over a decade, David Wren's Spanish Grammar: A Quick Reference has been an invaluable resource for students majoring and minoring in Spanish. Here at Indiana University Bloomington, we have often bundled it together with our other Spanish textbooks." James Lynch, Indiana University Bloomington

    Additional Resources: Spanish Grammar additional resources website.

  17. START: The Sound and Writing Systems of Russian (Online Third Edition)

    Benjamin Rifkin

    START: The Sound and Writing Systems of Russian (Online Third Edition)

    Completely redesigned in this 3rd edition, and now offered as an exclusively online product, START: The Sound and Writing Systems of Russian facilitates teaching the sounds and writings systems of Russian to first-year English-speaking students more effectively than ever. As a supplement to any standard first-year Russian textbook, START, 3rd Edition integrates its presentation of the Cyrillic alphabet, Russian sounds, and Russian writing systems through text, audio, video, written exercises, dictations, and auto-correcting quizzes so that students can acquire a solid grounding in fundamentals before moving on to more advanced material. Read more about START, 3rd Edition - including instructor and student FAQs.

    Course Instructors: Click here to create a user account and request preview access to START, 3rd Edition.

    Students: If your class is using START, 3rd Edition please contact your instructor for information on how to purchase access. If you have questions about student purchases please email

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  18. The Book of the City of Ladies and Other Writings

    Christine de Pizan
    Edited, with an Introduction, by Rebecca Kingston and Sophie Bourgault; Translated by Ineke Hardy

    The Book of the City of Ladies and Other Writings

    "Fresh, accurate, and engaging, this new translation of the Book of the City of Ladies helps us to understand what made Christine de Pizan so popular with her fifteenth-century contemporaries. The editors provide a rich historical and philosophical context that will be very useful to both students and scholars of the history of political ideas. The translations themselves gracefully navigate the fine line between accuracy and readability with considerable charm. Rounding out this portrait of the turmoil of fifteenth-century France, the volume is enriched by excerpts from other works, Christine's Vision, the Book of the Body Politic, and the Lamentation on France's Ills." Kate Forhan, Emeritus, Siena College

    "I am thrilled with the quality of this volume. Translator Hardy has created a splendid modern translation of Christine’s difficult French, and editors Bourgault and Kingston offer readers an outstandingly comprehensive and helpful introduction. The notes and other critical apparatus have also been judiciously crafted. . . . I can’t think of any other single edition of Christine’s work that offers readers such a concise point of entry to women’s history, late-medieval political thought, and for that matter the turmoil, both economic and political, in fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century France." —Sarah Gwyneth Ross, Boston College

  19. The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War

    Michelle Getchell

    The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War

    Series: Passages: Key Moments in History

    "Getchell does an exemplary job of explaining the context, development, and results of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She has an expert grasp on the latest research in the field, and her prose is engaging, making this book a pleasure to read." —Renata Keller, author of Mexico's Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution

    In October 1962, when the Soviet Union deployed nuclear missiles in Cuba, the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War ensued, bringing the world close to the brink of nuclear war. Over two tense weeks, U.S. president John F. Kennedy and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev managed to negotiate a peaceful resolution to what was nearly a global catastrophe. Drawing on the best recent scholarship and previously unexamined documents from the archives of the former Soviet Union, this introductory volume examines the motivations and calculations of the major participants in the conflict, sets the crisis in the context of the broader history of the global Cold War, and traces the effects of the crisis on subsequent international and regional geopolitical relations. Selections from twenty primary sources provide firsthand accounts of the frantic deliberations and realpolitik diplomacy between the U.S., the U.S.S.R., and Fidel Castro's Cuban regime; thirteen illustrations are also included.

  20. The Essential Luther

    Martin Luther
    Edited and Translated, with an Introduction, by Tryntje Helfferich

    The Essential Luther

    "This is a wonderful anthology. Its texts not only span the whole of Luther's reforming career, but also cover the theological, political, and social issues that mattered most to him and his age. Best of all, the original integrity of the texts remains perceptible, even when abridged. This valuable collection will be a great teaching tool and also a most useful resource for anyone interested in Luther or the Protestant Reformation." —Carlos Eire, Yale University

    "[Helfferich's] translations are clear and easy to read and couched in contemporary English that is appealing to the reader. The introductions to each document are informative and effective, sketching out each text’s major themes, and placing the document into a larger context. The information provided in the notes is helpful, particularly the references identifying Scriptural passages to which Luther refers. . . . The book features a balanced assortment of Luther’s works, including some of his most important and well known works, as well as some of his lesser known (or, at least, lesser read) writings. The collection reflects the broad range of subjects that Luther addressed during his lifetime and, since the documents are arranged in chronological order, it provides the reader with the opportunity to see how Luther’s thought developed. The thematic table of contents is extremely helpful as it identifies for the reader in which writings Luther addressed a particular topic. The collection of documents, then, is valuable in that it allows readers to explore both the breadth of Luther’s work as well as to engage a particular aspect of Luther’s thought as it developed over time." —Susan Mobley, Concordia University Wisconsin

  21. The Nibelungenlied: with The Klage

    Edited and Translated, with an Introduction, by William T. Whobrey

    The Nibelungenlied: with The Klage

    "Whobrey's masterful translation of this pair of thirteenth-century texts brings the entire Middle High German story to life for contemporary English-speaking audiences. His Introduction and notes guide the reader’s understanding of the texts and provide an overview of scholarly approaches to them. Scholars will be particularly grateful to Whobrey for providing manuscript variants from the three oldest manuscripts of the Nibelungenlied, allowing modern readers access to medieval interpretations of the story for the first time in English, and showcasing the dynamic nature of medieval storytelling." Kathryn Starkey, Stanford University

    "To say that the translations of both works read well is an understatement. . . . A very significant contribution to medieval literary studies in general and an essential addendum to Nibelungenlied studies in particular. . . . Deserves—and is likely destined—to become the standard translation into English of both the Nibelungenlied and the Klage for decades to come." —Winder McConnell, Emeritus, University of California, Davis

  22. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

    William Shakespeare
    Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Jan H. Blits

    The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

    Jan Blits’ edition represents something new among editions of Julius Caesar. In addition to textual glosses and explanatory notes focused on the rhetorical, historical, and political contexts of the speeches, it includes a wide array of quotations and citations from writers of classical antiquity chosen to illuminate passages of special pertinence to the Roman world represented in the play. Highlighting Shakespeare’s significance as a political thinker, it also demonstrates his deep understanding of Roman antiquity, its competing worldviews, and the demise of its Republic. Intended for a broad readership, the edition also includes a Preface, Introduction, Bibliography, and a topical Index.

    "As satisfying an edition of a Shakespeare play as I have on my shelves. The brief introduction mounts a crisp critique of Shakespeare scholarship on Julius Caesar insofar as it sees the play as unhistorical, as presenting Elizabethan gentlemen in Roman costume, because the author, a busy and not so well-read actor, would not be familiar with the facts that, for this scholarship, constitute history. Part of the wicked pleasure in reading Blits’ footnotes is to see the evidence for how wrong this line is. . . . Of most interest are the explanatory footnotes. Shakespeare is at his most artful in writing speeches whose intellectual structure mirrors the speaker’s nature. These late Republicans and first Caesarians are one and all duplicitous, rent in soul or deceitful in intention—and they are educated. Hence their speeches use and abuse the trivium, its grammar, logic, and rhetoric, for all it is worth. Without the explanatory notes I would have missed the characters’ craft and Shakespeare’s art. Would that there were more such editions!" —Eva Brann, St. John's College

  23. The United States in World War II

    Mark A. Stoler and Molly C. Michelmore

    The United States in World War II

    "Outstanding . . . the best short history I have read of America's role in World War II. Stoler and Michelmore draw on a judicious selection of historical documents to provide a concise, readable history. The historiography of the war is well covered and explained. It is no small task to delineate the many, sometimes, heated debates over the conduct of the war, and in this volume the many sides of the historical debate are fairly and evenly treated. For a single-volume study, the book is remarkably comprehensive. It addresses major events and decisions; yet it also covers the political and policy-driven, strategic and operational, and social and cultural aspects of the War. The development of key technologies (such as the atomic bomb) and intelligence capabilities are explained. Finally, this book also covers topics that are often neglected in histories of the War, including racism in America, the American response to the Holocaust, and the evolving role of women in the workforce." —Adrian Lewis, The University of Kansas

    "A superbly researched resource, packed with fascinating primary sources, and full of cutting edge judgments and explanations. Stoler and Michelmore take us into nearly every corner of the American experience in World War II, from the White House to race riots to combat operations, and much more." —John C. McManus, Missouri University of Science and Technology

  24. Women in Colonial Latin America, 1526 to 1806

    Edited, with an Introduction, by Nora E. Jaffary and Jane E. Mangan

    Women in Colonial Latin America, 1526 to 1806

    "This outstanding collection makes available for the first time a remarkable range of primary sources that will enrich courses on women as well as Latin American history more broadly. Within these pages are captivating stories of enslaved African and indigenous women who protest abuse; of women who defend themselves from charges of witchcraft, cross-dressing, and infanticide; of women who travel throughout the empire or are left behind by the men in their lives; and of women’s strategies for making a living in a world of cross-cultural exchanges. Jaffary and Mangan's excellent Introduction and annotations provide context and guide readers to think critically about crucial issues related to the intersections of gender with conquest, religion, work, family, and the law." Sarah Chambers, University of Minnesota

    "Mangan and Jaffary's volume offers an impressive collection of primary sources for Latin American women’s history. It includes texts covering a diversity of women, times, and places across this broad region; shows that women were agents of survival and change for themselves and others; and humanizes the experience of colonial life for specific individuals and families across a long period. This book will be very usable in courses on Latin American, gender, social, and cultural history. I highly recommend it." —Susan Kellogg, University of Houston

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