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  • Utrecht, Union of (European history)

    Netherlands: The Union of Utrecht: On January 23, 1579, the agreement at Utrecht was concluded, forming a “closer union” within the larger union of the Low Countries led by the States General sitting in Brussels. Included in the Union of Utrecht were the provinces and cities committed…

  • Utrera (Spain)

    Utrera, city, Sevilla provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, southwestern Spain. It lies southeast of the city of Sevilla on the Arroyo de la Antigua, which is a tributary of the Guadalquivir River. The site has been occupied since prehistoric times and

  • utricle (anatomy)

    human nervous system: Saccule and utricle: Each saccule and utricle has a single cluster, or macula, of hair cells located in the vertical and horizontal planes, respectively. Resting upon the hair cells is a gelatinous membrane in which are embedded calcareous granules called otoliths. Changes in linear acceleration alter the…

  • Utricula (Spain)

    Utrera, city, Sevilla provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, southwestern Spain. It lies southeast of the city of Sevilla on the Arroyo de la Antigua, which is a tributary of the Guadalquivir River. The site has been occupied since prehistoric times and

  • utricular macula (anatomy)

    human ear: Vestibule: In the utricle the macula projects from the anterior wall of that tubular sac and lies primarily in the horizontal plane. In the saccule the macula is in the vertical plane and directly overlies the bone of the inner wall of the vestibule. In shape it is elongated and…

  • Utricularia (plant)

    Bladderwort, (genus Utricularia), genus of carnivorous plants in the family Lentibulariaceae (order Lamiales). The bladderwort genus contains 220 widely distributed species of plants characterized by small hollow sacs that actively capture and digest tiny animals such as insect larvae, aquatic

  • Utrillo, Maurice (French artist)

    Maurice Utrillo, French painter who was noted for his depictions of the houses and streets of the Montmartre district of Paris. Born out of wedlock, Utrillo was the son of the model and artist Suzanne Valadon. His father was not known, and he was given his name by a Spanish art critic, Miguel

  • UTS (mechanics)

    metallurgy: Testing mechanical properties: …the sample, is called the ultimate tensile stress (UTS). The final length minus the initial length, divided by the initial length, is called the elongation. Yield stress, UTS, and elongation are the most commonly tabulated mechanical properties of metals.

  • utsarpini (cosmic cycle)

    Jainism: Time and the universe: In the ascending arc (utsarpini) humans progress in knowledge, age, stature, and happiness, while in the descending arc (avasarpini) they deteriorate. The two cycles joined together make one rotation of the wheel of time, which is called a kalpa. These kalpas repeat themselves without beginning or end.

  • Utsubo monogatari (Japanese literature)

    Utsubo monogatari, (Japanese: “Tale of the Hollow Tree”) the first full-length Japanese novel and one of the world’s oldest extant novels. Written probably in the late 10th century by an unknown author, the work was ascribed to Minamoto Shitagō, a distinguished courtier and scholar, but later

  • Utsuho monogatari (Japanese literature)

    Utsubo monogatari, (Japanese: “Tale of the Hollow Tree”) the first full-length Japanese novel and one of the world’s oldest extant novels. Written probably in the late 10th century by an unknown author, the work was ascribed to Minamoto Shitagō, a distinguished courtier and scholar, but later

  • Utsunomiya (Japan)

    Utsunomiya, city, capital of Tochigi ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan. The city is situated on the alluvial plain between the Ta River and the Kinu River. A castle town in the 11th century, it later served as a post town on the Nikkō Highway during the Tokugawa era (1603–1867). The city became the

  • Uttar Pradesh (state, India)

    Uttar Pradesh, the most populous and fourth largest state of India. It lies in the north-central part of the country. Uttar Pradesh is bordered by the state of Uttarakhand and the country of Nepal to the north, the state of Bihar to the east, the states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to the

  • Uttara-kalarya (Hindu sect)

    Vadakalai, one of two Hindu subsects of the Shrivaishnava, the other being the Tenkalai. Though the two groups use both Sanskrit and Tamil scriptures, the Vadakalai relies more on Sanskrit texts, such as the Vedas (the earliest sacred scriptures of India), the Upanishads (speculative philosophical

  • Uttara-Mimamsa (Hindu philosophy)

    Vedanta, one of the six systems (darshans) of Indian philosophy. The term Vedanta means in Sanskrit the “conclusion” (anta) of the Vedas, the earliest sacred literature of India. It applies to the Upanishads, which were elaborations of the Vedas, and to the school that arose out of the study

  • Uttaradit (Thailand)

    Uttaradit, town, northern Thailand. It is a provincial capital and a farming market centre on the Nan River and the Bangkok–Chiang Mai railway. The town centre was rebuilt after being destroyed by a fire in 1967. The Pha Then Buddhist shrine is southwest of the town. Uttaradit is in one of

  • Uttarakhand (state, India)

    Uttarakhand, state of India, located in the northwestern part of the country. It is bordered to the northwest by the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, to the northeast by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, to the southeast by Nepal, and to the south and southwest by the Indian state of Uttar

  • Uttaranchal (state, India)

    Uttarakhand, state of India, located in the northwestern part of the country. It is bordered to the northwest by the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, to the northeast by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, to the southeast by Nepal, and to the south and southwest by the Indian state of Uttar

  • Uttararamacharita (play by Bhavabhuti)

    Bhavabhuti: …though sometimes improbable, incidents; and Uttararamacharita (“The Later Deeds of Rama”), which continues the story of Rama from his coronation to the banishment of Sita and their final reunion. This last play bears some resemblance to Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Though it contains far less action than the two earlier…

  • Uttlesford (district, England, United Kingdom)

    Uttlesford, district, administrative and historic county of Essex, England. It occupies the northwestern corner of the county, where it borders Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. A low ridge of chalk hills runs from southwest to northeast through a rolling countryside. The district is largely rural.

  • Utu (Mesopotamian god)

    Shamash, in Mesopotamian religion, the god of the sun, who, with the moon god, Sin (Sumerian: Nanna), and Ishtar (Sumerian: Inanna), the goddess of Venus, was part of an astral triad of divinities. Shamash was the son of Sin. Shamash, as the solar deity, exercised the power of light over darkness

  • Utu-hegal (king of Uruk)

    history of Mesopotamia: The 3rd dynasty of Ur: Utu-hegal of Uruk is given credit for having overthrown Gutian rule by vanquishing their king Tiriqan along with two generals. Utu-hegal calls himself lord of the four quarters of the earth in an inscription, but this title, adopted from Akkad, is more likely to signify…

  • Utu-khegal (king of Uruk)

    history of Mesopotamia: The 3rd dynasty of Ur: Utu-hegal of Uruk is given credit for having overthrown Gutian rule by vanquishing their king Tiriqan along with two generals. Utu-hegal calls himself lord of the four quarters of the earth in an inscription, but this title, adopted from Akkad, is more likely to signify…

  • ?Utūb, Banī (Arab clan)

    Kuwait: Early settlers: …the 18th century, when the Banū (Banī) ?Utūb, a group of families of the ?Anizah tribe in the interior of the Arabian Peninsula, migrated to the area that is now Kuwait. The foundation of the autonomous sheikhdom of Kuwait dates from 1756, when the settlers decided to appoint a sheikh…

  • ?Utūb, Banū (Arab clan)

    Kuwait: Early settlers: …the 18th century, when the Banū (Banī) ?Utūb, a group of families of the ?Anizah tribe in the interior of the Arabian Peninsula, migrated to the area that is now Kuwait. The foundation of the autonomous sheikhdom of Kuwait dates from 1756, when the settlers decided to appoint a sheikh…

  • Utuhegal (king of Uruk)

    history of Mesopotamia: The 3rd dynasty of Ur: Utu-hegal of Uruk is given credit for having overthrown Gutian rule by vanquishing their king Tiriqan along with two generals. Utu-hegal calls himself lord of the four quarters of the earth in an inscription, but this title, adopted from Akkad, is more likely to signify…

  • utui (social group)

    Kamba: …and territorial boundaries called an utui, based on a core patrilineage. The Kamba were grouped into some 25 dispersed patrilineal clans varying greatly in size. Individuals were organized in age grades, but these were not based on initiation as among the Kikuyu and others. Men in the eldest grade traditionally…

  • Utukhegal (king of Uruk)

    history of Mesopotamia: The 3rd dynasty of Ur: Utu-hegal of Uruk is given credit for having overthrown Gutian rule by vanquishing their king Tiriqan along with two generals. Utu-hegal calls himself lord of the four quarters of the earth in an inscription, but this title, adopted from Akkad, is more likely to signify…

  • Uturoa (settlement, French Polynesia)

    Raiatea: The chief settlement is Uturoa, administrative seat of the ?les Sous le Vent; it is a regular port of call for ships passing between New Caledonia and Tahiti, and it has ship-service facilities and light industry. Much of the island’s Polynesian population lives in villages. The main products are…

  • Utvandrarna (film by Troell [1971])

    Liv Ullmann: …the historical drama Utvandrarna (1971; The Emigrants), which was directed by Jan Troell.

  • Utvandrarna (work by Moberg)

    Swedish literature: The modern novel: …immigrate to North America—Utvandrarna (1949–59; The Emigrants), Invandrarna (1952; Unto a Good Land), Nybyggarna (1956; The Settlers), and Sista brevet till Sverige (1959; “The Last Letter Home”; the last two vol. also published in part in English translation as The Last Letter Home). The development of the Swedish autobiographical novel…

  • Utzon, J?rn (Danish architect)

    J?rn Utzon, Danish architect best known for his dynamic, imaginative, but problematic design for the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Utzon studied at the Copenhagen School of Architecture (1937–42) and then spent three years in Stockholm, where he came under the influence of the Swedish architect

  • UUA (American religious organization)

    Unitarian Universalist Association, religious organization in the United States formed in May 1961 by merger of the Universalist Church of America and the American Unitarian Association. The American Unitarian Association was founded in 1825 as the result of a gradual development of Unitarianism

  • Uub (chemical element)

    Copernicium (Cn), artificially produced transuranium element of atomic number 112. In 1996 scientists at the Institute for Heavy Ion Research (Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung [GSI]) in Darmstadt, Ger., announced the production of atoms of copernicium from fusing zinc-70 with lead-208. The

  • uudslukkelige, Det (work by Nielsen)

    Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, symphony for orchestra by Danish composer Carl Nielsen in which he set out to capture in music the idea of an “inextinguishable” life force that runs through all creation. The work premiered on February 1, 1916. In a letter to a friend, Nielsen stated that in this symphony

  • Uuh (chemical element)

    Livermorium (Lv), artificially produced transuranium element of atomic number 116. In 2000 scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, announced the production of atoms of livermorium when

  • Uummannaq (town, Greenland)

    Uummannaq Fjord: The town of Uummannaq (founded 1763) is on a small island just north of Nuussuaq Peninsula. It has been a hunting and fishing base for centuries and now serves as a municipal centre. Fishing and fish processing contribute to the economy. Nearby is Maarmorilik, a 20th-century mining site,…

  • Uummannaq Fjord (inlet, Greenland)

    Uummannaq Fjord, inlet of Baffin Bay, western Greenland, north of Nuussuaq Peninsula. About 100 miles (160 km) long and 15–30 miles (24–48 km) wide, the inlet divides into several smaller fjords extending eastward to the inland ice cap, where they are fed by extensive glaciers. Upernivik and

  • Uun (chemical element)

    Darmstadtium (Ds), artificially produced transuranium element of atomic number 110. In 1995 scientists at the Institute for Heavy Ion Research (Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung [GSI]) in Darmstadt, Germany, announced the formation of atoms of element 110 when lead-208 was fused with nickel-62.

  • Uuo (chemical element)

    Oganesson (Og), a transuranium element that occupies position 118 in the periodic table and is one of the noble gases. Oganesson is a synthetic element, and in 1999 scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, announced the production of atoms of oganesson as a

  • UUP (political party, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)

    Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), oldest and traditionally most successful unionist political party in Northern Ireland, though its influence waned dramatically after the Good Friday Agreement (1998). It was the party of government in the province from 1921 to 1972. The UUP had strong links with the

  • Uup (chemical element)

    Moscovium (Mc), artificially produced transuranium element of atomic number 115. In 2010 scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, U.S., announced the production of four atoms of moscovium when

  • Uuq (chemical element)

    Flerovium (Fl), artificially produced transuranium element of atomic number 114. In 1999 scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, produced atoms of flerovium from colliding atoms of calcium-48

  • Uus (chemical element)

    Tennessine (Ts), artificially produced transuranium element of atomic number 117. In 2010 Russian and American scientists announced the production of six atoms of tennessine, which were formed when 22 milligrams of berkelium-249 were bombarded with atoms of calcium-48, at the cyclotron at the Joint

  • Uusikaupunki, Treaty of (European history)

    Estonia: Russian conquest: By the Peace of Nystad in 1721, Sweden ceded to Russia all its Baltic provinces.

  • Uut (chemical element)

    Nihonium (Nh), artificially produced transuranium element of atomic number 113. In 2004 scientists at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science in Saitama, Japan announced the production of one atom of element 113, which was formed when bismuth-209 was fused with zinc-70. Extremely

  • Uuu (chemical element)

    Roentgenium (Rg), artificially produced transuranium element of atomic number 111. In 1994 scientists at the Institute for Heavy Ion Research (Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung [GSI]) in Darmstadt, Ger., formed atoms of element 111 when atoms of bismuth-209 were bombarded with atoms of

  • UV Ceti star (astronomy)

    Flare star, any star that varies in brightness, sometimes by more than one magnitude, within a few minutes. The cause is thought to be the eruption of flares much larger than, but otherwise similar to, those observed on the Sun. Flare stars are sometimes called UV Ceti stars, from a prototype s

  • UV microscope (optics)

    microscope: Ultraviolet microscopes: Ultraviolet (UV) microscopy was developed in the early 20th century by the German scientists August K?hler and Moritz von Rohr. Because of the shorter wavelength of UV light, higher resolution was possible, but the opacity of conventional glass lenses to these wavelengths necessitated…

  • UV radiation (physics)

    Ultraviolet radiation, that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum extending from the violet, or short-wavelength, end of the visible light range to the X-ray region. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is undetectable by the human eye, although, when it falls on certain materials, it may cause them to

  • UVA radiation (physics)

    ultraviolet radiation: …UVA (400–315 nm), also called black light; UVB (315–280 nm), responsible for the radiation’s best-known effects on organisms; and UVC (280–100 nm), which does not reach Earth’s surface.

  • Uvakhshatra (king of Media)

    Cyaxares, king of Media (located in what is now northwestern Iran), who reigned from 625 to 585 bc. According to the 5th-century-bc Greek historian Herodotus, Cyaxares renewed the war with the Assyrians after his father, Phraortes, had been slain in battle. While besieging Nineveh, he was attacked

  • Uvalde (Texas, United States)

    Uvalde, city, seat (1856) of Uvalde county, southwestern Texas, U.S. It lies along the Leona River, some 85 miles (135 km) west-southwest of San Antonio. Fort Inge was built (1849) on the Leona’s east bank, and the site was settled in 1852 by W.W. Arnett, who was joined in 1853 by Reading W. Black

  • Uvalo Lwezinhlonzi (work by Ngubane)

    Jordan Kush Ngubane: Ngubane’s one Zulu-language novel, Uvalo Lwezinhlonzi (1957; “His Frowns Struck Terror”), was popular when it appeared and was even a required school text before being banned from 1962 to 1967. His nonfictional works include An African Explains Apartheid (1963) and Conflict of Minds (1979). In 1979 he published a…

  • Uvarov, Sergey Semyonovich, Graf (Russian statesman)

    Sergey Semyonovich, Count Uvarov, Russian statesman and administrator, an influential minister of education during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I. Uvarov served as a diplomat (1806–10), head of the St. Petersburg educational district (1811–22), and deputy minister of education (1832) before being

  • uvarovite

    Uvarovite, calcium chromium garnet found as small, brilliant, green crystals. It is the rarest of all the garnets, and its crystals commonly are too small to be cut. Otherwise, it would rival emerald as a popular gemstone because of its beautiful colour. Typical occurrences are in chromite, as in

  • UVB radiation (physics)

    ultraviolet radiation: …nm), also called black light; UVB (315–280 nm), responsible for the radiation’s best-known effects on organisms; and UVC (280–100 nm), which does not reach Earth’s surface.

  • UVC radiation (physics)

    ultraviolet radiation: …best-known effects on organisms; and UVC (280–100 nm), which does not reach Earth’s surface.

  • Uvea (island, Wallis and Futuna)

    Wallis and Futuna: …includes the Wallis Islands (Uvea and surrounding islets) and the Horne Islands (Futuna and Alofi). The capital is Mata’utu, on Uvea.

  • uvea (anatomy)

    uveitis: uvea (or uveal tract), the middle layer of tissue surrounding the eye that consists of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. Uveitis can affect people at any age, but onset usually occurs in the third and fourth decades of life.

  • uveitis (pathology)

    Uveitis, inflammation of the uvea (or uveal tract), the middle layer of tissue surrounding the eye that consists of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. Uveitis can affect people at any age, but onset usually occurs in the third and fourth decades of life. Uveitis is classified anatomically as

  • UVF (Northern Ireland military organization [1966])

    Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), Protestant paramilitary organization founded in Northern Ireland in 1966. Its name was taken from a Protestant force organized in 1912 to fight against Irish Home Rule. Augustus (Gusty) Spence was the group’s best-known leader. The UVF was affiliated with the

  • uvrABC nuclease (enzyme)

    Aziz Sancar: …of an enzyme known as uvrABC nuclease (excision nuclease, or excinuclease) in E. coli. The enzyme specifically targeted DNA that had been damaged by UV or chemical exposure, cutting the affected DNA strand at each end of the damaged region and thereby enabling the removal of the damaged nucleotides.

  • Uvs, Lake (lake, Mongolia)

    Mongolia: Drainage: …in the west—include the saline Lake Uvs, which is some 1,290 square miles (3,350 square km) in area, and the freshwater Lake Khar Us (Har Us), which drains into the saline Lake Khyargas (Hyargas). Lake Kh?kh (H?h), in far northeastern Mongolia and lying at an elevation of 1,837 feet (560…

  • uvula (anatomy)

    human digestive system: The roof of the mouth: A small projection called the uvula hangs free from the posterior of the soft palate.

  • uvular (phonetics)

    Semitic languages: The laryngeal, pharyngeal, and uvular sounds: …past the uvula produces the uvular x (sounding like the ch of German Bach or Scottish loch). Its voiced counterpart, the gh, resembles the standard French r-sound.

  • uvular stop (phonetics)

    Austronesian languages: Phonetic types: Some Formosan languages have a uvular stop (written q), which is a consonant sound produced by drawing the backmost part of the tongue down to touch the wall of the pharynx. A number of the languages of Borneo and some other areas have unusual nasal consonants belonging to either of…

  • Uvularia (plant)

    Bellwort, any of five species of woodland plants that constitute the genus Uvularia of the family Colchicaceae and are native to eastern North America. They are all low perennials with slender, creeping rootstocks that send up leafy stems from 6 to 20 inches (15 to 50 cm) high. The stems bear large

  • Uvularia grandiflora (plant)

    bellwort: …is the large-flowered bellwort (U. grandiflora). It bears ovate leaves and narrowly bell-shaped, lemon-yellow, six-parted flowers that are about 1.5 inches (4 cm) long. It is found from Quebec westward to Minnesota and southward to Georgia and Kansas. The somewhat smaller perfoliate bellwort (U. perfoliata), with more pointed leaves,…

  • Uvularia perfoliata (plant)

    bellwort: …somewhat smaller perfoliate bellwort (U. perfoliata), with more pointed leaves, occurs from Quebec and Ontario south to Florida and Mississippi. In these two species, the leaves appear as if impaled upon the stem (i.e., perfoliate). The other three species of bellworts are much smaller and have sessile leaves.

  • uvularization (phonetics)

    Afro-Asiatic languages: Phonetics and phonology: …touches the soft palate), and uvularized (articulated at the back of the vocal tract with the uvula). In South Arabian, Ethio-Semitic, Cushitic, and Chadic languages, there are consonants characterized by the following “manners,” or types of air flow: explosive glottals, which occur when a complete closure is suddenly released; ejective…

  • uwagi (garment)

    dress: Japan: The outer kimono (uwagi) is very large to accommodate the many layers of kimono worn under it, and it has an abnormally long skirt that is worn swirling out around the wearer’s feet. This, too, is made of rich brocade, its design and colours being a matter of…

  • Uwajima (Japan)

    Uwajima, city, Ehime ken (prefecture), Shikoku, Japan. It faces the Bungo Channel between the Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Uwajima developed as a castle town in the late 16th century. Connected by rail to major ports on the Inland Sea in 1945, it became the transport hub of southwestern

  • ?Uwaynāt, Mount Al- (mountain, Libyan Desert, North Africa)

    Libyan Desert: …highest point is Mount Al-?Uwaynāt (6,345 feet [1,934 metres]), located where the three countries meet. The Qattara Depression (Munkhafa? al-Qa??ārah) of Egypt descends to 436 feet (133 metres) below sea level. The very few inhabitants are mainly concentrated in the Egyptian oases of Siwa, Al-Ba?riyyah, Al-Farāfirah, Al-Dākhilah, and Al-Khārijah…

  • ?Uwayri? Lava Field (geographical feature, Saudi Arabia)

    Arabia: The Hejaz and Asir: …lava fields such as the ?Uwayri?, while others ring Medina. Tongues of lava south of Medina, lapping over the mountains, descend almost to the coast. The sand plain of Rakbah unrolls south of the Kishb Lava Field, which is southeast of Medina. Among the lava fields east of Mecca is…

  • Uways I (Jalāyirid ruler)

    Jalāyirid: His son Uways I (reigned 1356–74) enlarged Jalāyirid domains by seizing Azerbaijan (1360) and placing the Mo?affarid principality of Fārs under his suzerainty (1361–64). The dynasty, however, was beset by the westward migrations and invasions of various Turkic and Mongol tribes. The khans of the Golden Horde,…

  • Uwilingiyimana, Agathe (prime minister of Rwanda)

    Rwanda: Genocide and aftermath: The next day Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, a moderate Hutu, was assassinated. Her murder was part of a campaign to eliminate moderate Hutu or Tutsi politicians, with the goal of creating a political vacuum and thus allowing for the formation of the interim government of Hutu extremists that was inaugurated…

  • UWP (political party, Saint Lucia)

    Saint Lucia: Independence: …conservative United Workers’ Party (UWP). The SLP governments favoured the socialist regimes of the Caribbean, establishing relations with Cuba and joining the nonaligned movement. They also helped form the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States in 1981.

  • Uxellodunum (ancient fortress, France)

    Julius Caesar: The first triumvirate and the conquest of Gaul: …in the natural fortress of Uxellodunum (perhaps the Puy d’Issolu on the Dordogne) until its water supply gave out. Caesar had the survivors’ hands cut off. He spent the year 50 bce in organizing the newly conquered territory. After that, he was ready to settle his accounts with his opponents…

  • Uxmal (archaeological site, Mexico)

    Uxmal, (Mayan: “Thrice Built”) ruined ancient Maya city in Yucatán state, Mexico, about 90 miles (150 km) west-southwest of Chichén Itzá and 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Mayapán. By road, it is some 50 miles (80 km) south of the modern city of Mérida. Uxmal was designated a World Heritage site in

  • UXO (weapon)

    Convention on Cluster Munitions: Unexploded ordnance (UXO) generated by cluster munitions, used extensively by NATO forces in the Kosovo conflict, resulted in more than 150 post-combat casualties. Reports by Human Rights Watch and the International Committee of the Red Cross found that an estimated 10 percent of the 289,000…

  • uxorial descent (sociology)

    Matrilineal society, group adhering to a kinship system in which ancestral descent is traced through maternal instead of paternal lines (the latter being termed patrilineage or patriliny). Every society incorporates some basic components in its system of reckoning kinship: family, marriage,

  • uxorilocal residence (anthropology)

    South American nomad: Composite bands: …other hand, were matrilineal and matrilocal—that is, an individual traced his ancestry through his mother’s lineage, and a man went to live with his wife’s band. Matrilineal descent and matrilocal residence were associated with the importance of women gathering food.

  • ?Uyaynah (Saudi Arabia)

    Saudi Arabia: Origins and early expansion: …Wahhābī movement, was born in ?Uyaynah in 1703 to a family of religious judges and scholars and as a young man traveled widely in other regions of the Middle East. It was upon his return to ?Uyaynah that he first began to preach his revolutionary ideas of conservative religious reformation…

  • uyezd (Russian administrative district)

    zemstvo: …existed on two levels, the uyezd (canton) and the province; the uyezd assemblies, composed of delegates representing the individual landed proprietors and the peasant village communes, elected the provincial assemblies. Each assembly appointed an executive board and hired professional experts to carry out its functions.

  • Uyghur (people)

    Uighur, a Turkic-speaking people of interior Asia. Uighurs live for the most part in northwestern China, in the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang; a small number live in the Central Asian republics. There were some 10,000,000 Uighurs in China and at least a combined total of 300,000 in

  • Uyghur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang (autonomous region, China)

    Xinjiang, autonomous region of China, occupying the northwestern corner of the country. It is bordered by the Chinese provinces of Qinghai and Gansu to the east, the Tibet Autonomous Region to the south, Afghanistan and the disputed territory of Kashmir to the southwest, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

  • Uygur (people)

    Uighur, a Turkic-speaking people of interior Asia. Uighurs live for the most part in northwestern China, in the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang; a small number live in the Central Asian republics. There were some 10,000,000 Uighurs in China and at least a combined total of 300,000 in

  • Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang (autonomous region, China)

    Xinjiang, autonomous region of China, occupying the northwestern corner of the country. It is bordered by the Chinese provinces of Qinghai and Gansu to the east, the Tibet Autonomous Region to the south, Afghanistan and the disputed territory of Kashmir to the southwest, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

  • Uylenburgh, Hendrick van (Dutch art dealer)

    Rembrandt van Rijn: First Amsterdam period (1631–1635/36): …entered a business relationship with Hendrick Uylenburgh (1584 or 1589–c. 1660), an Amsterdam entrepreneur in paintings who had a large workshop that painted portraits, carried out restorations, and produced copies, among other activities. Rembrandt apparently had already planned or was inspired by Uylenburgh to leave Leiden, then in decline, for…

  • Uylenburgh, Saskja (Dutch heiress)

    Rembrandt van Rijn: The myth of Rembrandt’s fall: The death of Rembrandt’s wife, Saskia, and the presumed rejection of the Night Watch by those who commissioned it were long supposed to be the most important events leading to the presumed change in Rembrandt’s life after 1642. But modern art-historical research has questioned the myth of a crisis in…

  • Uyo (Nigeria)

    Uyo, town, capital of Akwa Ibom state, southeastern Nigeria. Uyo lies on the road from Oron to Ikot Ekpene. A collecting station for palm oil and kernels, it is also a local trade centre (yams, cassava [manioc], palm produce) for an area inhabited mainly by the Ibibio people. The town has a brewery

  • Uyo, University of (university, Uyo, Nigeria)

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