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A History of Euphoria: The Perception and Misperception of Health and Well-Being

A History of Euphoria: The Perception and Misperception of Health and Well-Being

1st Edition

Christopher Milnes
December 13, 2018

Very few people have not at some point in their lives believed themselves or their loved ones to be reasonably healthy when, in "reality", sickness was encroaching or never went away. Health has been deceiving us for thousands of years, but rarely have we entirely dispensed with it as a concept....

Families, Values, and the Transfer of Knowledge in Northern Societies, 1500–2000

Families, Values, and the Transfer of Knowledge in Northern Societies, 1500–2000

1st Edition

Ulla Aatsinki, Johanna Annola, Mervi Kaarninen
December 10, 2018

This edited collection sheds light on Nordic families’ strategies and methods for transferring significant cultural heritage to the next generation over centuries. Contributors explore why certain values, attitudes, knowledge, and patterns were selected while others were left behind, and show how...

The Transatlantic Genealogy of American Anglo-Saxonism

The Transatlantic Genealogy of American Anglo-Saxonism

1st Edition

Michael Modarelli
September 18, 2018

This book traces the myth of Anglo-Saxonism as it crosses from Britain to the New World as both a cultural construct and ideological nation-building tool. Through extensive investigations of both early American and English cultural attitudes toward Anglo-Saxonism and similar texts, the book...

Anxieties of Belonging in Settler Colonialism: Australia, Race and Place

Anxieties of Belonging in Settler Colonialism: Australia, Race and Place

1st Edition

Lisa Slater
September 18, 2018

This book analyses the anxiety "well-intentioned" settler Australian women experience when engaging with Indigenous politics. Drawing upon cultural theory and studies of affect and emotion, Slater argues that settler anxiety is an historical subjectivity which shapes perception and senses of...

Migration, Ethnicity, and Mental Health: International Perspectives, 1840-2010

Migration, Ethnicity, and Mental Health: International Perspectives, 1840-2010

1st Edition

Angela McCarthy, Catharine Coleborne
August 23, 2018

Most investigations of foreign-born migrants emphasize the successful adjustment and settlement of newcomers. Yet suicide, heavy drinking, violence, family separations, and domestic disharmony were but a few of the possible struggles experienced by those who relocated abroad in the nineteenth and...

The Enlightenment, Philanthropy and the Idea of Social Progress in Early Australia: Creating a Happier Race?

The Enlightenment, Philanthropy and the Idea of Social Progress in Early Australia: Creating a Happier Race?

1st Edition

Ilya Lazarev
July 24, 2018

This book seeks to highlight the influence of the Enlightenment idea of social progress on the character of the "civilising mission" in early Australia by tracing its presence in the various "civilising" attempts undertaken between 1788 and 1850. It also represents an attempt to marry the history...

Monsters and Borders in the Early Modern Imagination

Monsters and Borders in the Early Modern Imagination

1st Edition

Jana Byars, Hans Peter Broedel
June 18, 2018

This edited collection explores the axis where monstrosity and borderlands meet to reflect the tensions, apprehensions, and excitement over the radical changes of the early modern era. The book investigates the monstrous as it acts in liminal spaces in the Renaissance and the era of Enlightenment....

War Experience and Memory in Global Cultures Since 1914

War Experience and Memory in Global Cultures Since 1914

1st Edition

Angela K. Smith, Sandra Barkhof
May 02, 2018

This edited collection explores and develops representations of war experience from 1914 to the ongoing conflicts of the 21st century, through the specific lens of memory. It builds on recent explorations of the importance of war experience in shaping cultural memory that have focused on the...

Libraries, Books, and Collectors of Texts, 1600-1900

Libraries, Books, and Collectors of Texts, 1600-1900

1st Edition

Annika Bautz, James Gregory
April 30, 2018

This book presents the collectors’ roles as prominently as the collections of books and texts which they assembled. Contributors explore the activities and networks shaping a range of continental and transcontinental European public and private collections during the Renaissance, Enlightenment and...

Historical Memory of Central and East European Communism

Historical Memory of Central and East European Communism

1st Edition

Agnieszka Mrozik, Stanislav Holubec
March 26, 2018

Every political movement creates its own historical memory. The communist movement, though originally oriented towards the future, was no exception: The theory of human history constitutes a substantial part of Karl Marx’s and Friedrich Engels’s writings, and the movement inspired by them very soon...

The Medieval and Early Modern Garden in Britain: Enclosure and Transformation, c. 1200-1750

The Medieval and Early Modern Garden in Britain: Enclosure and Transformation, c. 1200-1750

1st Edition

Patricia Skinner, Theresa Tyers
March 13, 2018

What was a "garden" in medieval and early modern British culture and how was it imagined? How did it change as Europe opened up to the wider world from the 16th century onwards? In a series of fresh approaches to these questions, the contributors offer chapters that identify and discuss...

The Irish and the Origins of American Popular Culture

The Irish and the Origins of American Popular Culture

1st Edition

Christopher Dowd
February 20, 2018

This book focuses on the intersection between the assimilation of the Irish into American life and the emergence of an American popular culture, which took place at the same historical moment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During this period, the Irish in America underwent a period of...

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