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A Social History of Disability in the Middle Ages: Cultural Considerations of Physical Impairment

A Social History of Disability in the Middle Ages: Cultural Considerations of Physical Impairment

1st Edition

Irina Metzler
September 16, 2015

What was it like to be disabled in the Middle Ages? How did people become disabled? Did welfare support exist? This book discusses social and cultural factors affecting the lives of medieval crippled, deaf, mute and blind people, those nowadays collectively called "disabled." Although the word did...

Identity, Aesthetics, and Sound in the Fin de Siècle: Redesigning Perception

Identity, Aesthetics, and Sound in the Fin de Siècle: Redesigning Perception

1st Edition

Dariusz Gafijczuk
September 16, 2015

This book is an analytic and historical portrait of the volatile decades at the beginning of the 20th century. Engaging with avant-garde art and thought, and concentrating on two of the most controversial and still culturally relevant personalities of Viennese modernism - Sigmund Freud and...

New Perspectives on Russian-American Relations

New Perspectives on Russian-American Relations

1st Edition

William Benton Whisenhunt, Norman E. Saul
September 01, 2015

New Perspectives on Russian-American Relations includes eighteen articles on Russian-American relations from an international roster of leading historians. Covering topics such as trade, diplomacy, art, war, public opinion, race, culture, and more, the essays show how the two nations related...

Higher Education and the Growth of Knowledge: A Historical Outline of Aims and Tensions

Higher Education and the Growth of Knowledge: A Historical Outline of Aims and Tensions

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Michael Segre
August 11, 2015

This book sketches the history of higher education, in parallel with the development of science. Its goal is to draw attention to the historical tensions between the aims of higher education and those of science, in the hope of contributing to improving the contemporary university. A helpful tool...

History of Participatory Media: Politics and Publics, 1750–2000

History of Participatory Media: Politics and Publics, 1750–2000

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Anders Ekström, Solveig Jülich
April 23, 2015

This book argues for a historical perspective on issues relating to the notion of participatory media. Working from a broad concept of media – including essays on the 19th century press, early sound media, photography, exhibitions, television and the internet – the book offers a broad empirical...

Visualizing Jews Through the Ages: Literary and Material Representations of Jewishness and Judaism

Visualizing Jews Through the Ages: Literary and Material Representations of Jewishness and Judaism

1st Edition

Hannah Ewence, Helen Spurling
March 27, 2015

This volume explores literary and material representations of Jews, Jewishness and Judaism from antiquity to the twenty-first century. Gathering leading scholars from within the field of Jewish Studies, it investigates how the debates surrounding literary and material images within Judaism and in...

Scotland and the Caribbean, c.1740-1833: Atlantic Archipelagos

Scotland and the Caribbean, c.1740-1833: Atlantic Archipelagos

1st Edition

Michael Morris
March 24, 2015

This book participates in the modern recovery of the memory of the long-forgotten relationship between Scotland and the Caribbean. Drawing on theoretical paradigms of world literature and transnationalism, it argues that Caribbean slavery profoundly shaped Scotland’s economic, social and cultural...

Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance, and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim

Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance, and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim

1st Edition

Kate Darian-Smith, Penelope Edmonds
February 24, 2015

Spanning the late 18th century to the present, this volume explores new directions in imperial and postcolonial histories of conciliation, performance, and conflict between European colonizers and Indigenous peoples in Australia and the Pacific Rim, including Aotearoa New Zealand, Hawaii and the...

Case Studies and the Dissemination of Knowledge

Case Studies and the Dissemination of Knowledge

1st Edition

Joy Damousi, Birgit Lang, Katie Sutton
February 19, 2015

The case study has proved of enduring interest to all Western societies, particularly in relation to questions of subjectivity and the sexed self. This volume interrogates how case studies have been used by doctors, lawyers, psychoanalysts, and writers to communicate their findings both within the...

Reassessing the Transnational Turn: Scales of Analysis in Anarchist and Syndicalist Studies

Reassessing the Transnational Turn: Scales of Analysis in Anarchist and Syndicalist Studies

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Constance Bantman, Bert Altena
December 12, 2014

This edited volume reassesses the ongoing transnational turn in anarchist and syndicalist studies, a field where the interest in cross-border connections has generated much innovative literature in the last decade. It presents and extends up-to-date research into several dynamic historiographic...

The Afterlife of Used Things: Recycling in the Long Eighteenth Century

The Afterlife of Used Things: Recycling in the Long Eighteenth Century

1st Edition

Ariane Fennetaux, Amélie Junqua, Sophie Vasset
October 23, 2014

Recycling is not a concept that is usually applied to the eighteenth century. “The environment” may not have existed as a notion then, yet practices of re-use and transformation obviously shaped the early-modern world. Still, this period of booming commerce and exchange was also marked by scarcity...

Expedition into Empire: Exploratory Journeys and the Making of the Modern World

Expedition into Empire: Exploratory Journeys and the Making of the Modern World

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Martin Thomas
September 22, 2014

Expeditionary journeys have shaped our world, but the expedition as a cultural form is rarely scrutinized. This book is the first major investigation of the conventions and social practices embedded in team-based exploration. In probing the politics of expedition making, this volume is itself a...

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