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Fascism and the Masses: The Revolt Against the Last Humans, 1848-1945

Fascism and the Masses: The Revolt Against the Last Humans, 1848-1945

1st Edition

Ishay Landa
January 24, 2018

Highlighting the "mass" nature of interwar European fascism has long become commonplace. Throughout the years, numerous critics have construed fascism as a phenomenon of mass society, perhaps the ultimate expression of mass politics. This study deconstructs this long-standing perception. It argues...

Cultural Histories of Crime in Denmark, 1500 to 2000

Cultural Histories of Crime in Denmark, 1500 to 2000

1st Edition

Tyge Krogh, Louise Nyholm Kallestrup, Claus Bundgård Christensen
October 31, 2017

Taking the kingdom of Denmark as its frame of reference, this volume presents a range of close analyses that shed light on the construction and deconstruction of crime and criminals, on criminal cultures and on crime control from 1500 to 2000. Historically, there have been major changes in the...

The British Anti-Psychiatrists: From Institutional Psychiatry to the Counter-Culture, 1960-1971

The British Anti-Psychiatrists: From Institutional Psychiatry to the Counter-Culture, 1960-1971

1st Edition

Oisín Wall
September 08, 2017

The British anti-psychiatric group, which formed around R.D. Laing, David Cooper, and Aaron Esterson in the 1960s, burned bright, but briefly, and has left a long legacy. This book follows their practical, social, and theoretical trajectory away from the structured world of institutional psychiatry...

Respectability as Moral Map and Public Discourse in the Nineteenth Century

Respectability as Moral Map and Public Discourse in the Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Woodruff D. Smith
July 27, 2017

Despite the fact that respectability is universally recognized as a feature of nineteenth-century society, it has seldom been studied as a subject in itself. In this path-breaking book, Woodruff D. Smith interprets respectability as a highly significant cultural phenomenon, incorporating both a...

Student Revolt, City, and Society in Europe: From the Middle Ages to the Present

Student Revolt, City, and Society in Europe: From the Middle Ages to the Present

1st Edition

Pieter Dhondt, Elizabethanne Boran
July 13, 2017

Due to the strong sense among the student community of belonging to a specific social group, student revolts have been an integral part of the university throughout its history. Ironically, since the Middle Ages, the advantageous position of students in society as part of the social elite...

Donations, Inheritance and Property in the Nordic and Western World from Late Antiquity until Today

Donations, Inheritance and Property in the Nordic and Western World from Late Antiquity until Today

1st Edition

Ole-Albert Rønning, Helle Møller Sigh, Helle Vogt
June 07, 2017

Donations, Inheritance and Property in the Nordic and Western World from Late Antiquity until Today presents an examination of Nordic donation and gift-giving practices in the Nordic and Western world, beginning in late Antiquity and extending through to the present day. Through chapters...

Neutrality in Twentieth-Century Europe: Intersections of Science, Culture, and Politics after the First World War

Neutrality in Twentieth-Century Europe: Intersections of Science, Culture, and Politics after the First World War

1st Edition

Rebecka Lettevall, Geert Somsen, Sven Widmalm
May 24, 2017

Whether in science or in international politics, neutrality has sometimes been promoted, not only as a viable political alternative but as a lofty ideal – in politics by nations proclaiming their peacefulness, in science as an underpinning of epistemology, in journalism and other intellectual...

Americans Experience Russia: Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present

Americans Experience Russia: Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present

1st Edition

Choi Chatterjee, Beth Holmgren
May 10, 2017

Americans Experience Russia analyzes how American scholars, journalists, and artists envisioned, experienced, and interpreted Russia/the Soviet Union over the last century. While many histories of diplomatic, economic, and intellectual connections between the United States and the Soviet Union can...

The Romantic Idea of the Golden Age in Friedrich Schlegel's Philosophy of History

The Romantic Idea of the Golden Age in Friedrich Schlegel's Philosophy of History

1st Edition

Asko Nivala
February 20, 2017

The nineteenth-century Romantic understanding of history is often confused with the longing for the past Golden Age. In this book, the Romantic idea of Golden Age is seen from a new angle by discussing it in the context of Friedrich Schlegel’s works. Interestingly, Schlegel argued that...

A Cultural History of Sound, Memory, and the Senses

A Cultural History of Sound, Memory, and the Senses

1st Edition

Joy Damousi, Paula Hamilton
December 08, 2016

The past 20 years have witnessed a turn towards the sensuous, particularly the aural, as a viable space for critical exploration in History and other Humanities disciplines. This has been informed by a heightened awareness of the role that the senses play in shaping modern identity and...

Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy

Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy

1st Edition

Jonathan Sadowsky
November 11, 2016

Electroconvulsive Therapy is widely demonized or idealized. Some detractors consider its very use to be a human rights violation, while some promoters depict it as a miracle, the "penicillin of psychiatry." This book traces the American history of one of the most controversial procedures in...

Minor Knowledge and Microhistory: Manuscript Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Minor Knowledge and Microhistory: Manuscript Culture in the Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Sigurdur Gylfi Magnusson, David Olafsson
October 14, 2016

This book studies everyday writing practices among ordinary people in a poor rural society in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Using the abundance of handwritten material produced, disseminated and consumed some centuries after the advent of print as its research material, the book's focus is on...

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