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Social & cultural history

See below for a selection of the latest books from Social & cultural history category. Presented with a red border are the Social & cultural history books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Social & cultural history books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!


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Fifty Years of Medieval Technology and Social Change

Fifty Years of Medieval Technology and Social Change

Author: Steven A. Walton Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2019

This volume brings together a series of papers at Kalamazoo as well as some contributed papers inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Lynn White Jr.'s, Medieval Technology and Social Change (1962), a slim study which catalyzed the study of technology in the Middle Ages in the English-speaking world. While the initial reviews and decades-long fortune of the volume have been varied, it is still in print and remains a touchstone of an idea and a time. The contributors to the volume, therefore, both investigate the book itself and its fate, and look at new research furthering and inspired by White's work. The book's structure is divided into three sections. The first three papers deal explicitly with the reception and longevity of Lynn White Jr.'s work and its impact on medieval studies more generally. Then two groups of three papers look at areas where White's work has had a particular impact, namely medieval technology studies and medieval rural/ecological studies.


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Cheap Street London'S Street Markets and the Cultures of Informality, C.1850-1939

Cheap Street London'S Street Markets and the Cultures of Informality, C.1850-1939

Author: Victoria Kelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2019

Cheap street is a lively and scholarly account of London's street markets, which were an overlooked site of urban modernity and the most vigorous outgrowth of the informal economy that flourished below and beyond the recognised institutions of the consumer city. Kelley brings together design and material culture history, urban studies and social and cultural history to analyse the street markets' distinct characteristics. These included the flaring naked flames of their naphtha lights, their impermanent yet persistent unofficial occupation of space, and the noisy performative selling that took place there. The result is a new interpretation of London's urban geographies, moving beyond the accepted view of the West End as the consumer city and the East as the city of poverty, and demonstrating that the informality of the street markets was a powerful force in shaping representations of London and its people. -- .


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As Far as the Eye can See A History of Seeing

As Far as the Eye can See A History of Seeing

Author: S. Denham Wade Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2019

From the mastery of fire a million years ago, humans repeatedly invented new ways to see their surroundings, each other and themselves. Artificial light, early art, mirrors, writing, lenses, printing, photography, film, television, smartphones. These tools didn't just add to our visual repertoire, they shaped Western culture and made us who we are. As Far As the Eye Can See traces the history of seeing using eleven inventions, from the first evolutionary stirrings of sight to the present. It reveals that with each new invention that changed how or what we see, we changed ourselves, and the world around us. Visual technologies propelled the human journey from walking apes to masters of nature to self-obsessed screen junkies. And with each revolution in seeing, sight slowly eclipsed our other senses. Having come this far, Denham asks, are we now at peak seeing? Can our eyes keep up with technology's relentless march? Have we gone as far as the eye can see?


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Suburbia A Far from Ordinary Place

Suburbia A Far from Ordinary Place

Author: David Randall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2019

You don't get to choose where you grow up, and for more than 80 per cent of the population, the boring, unadventurous and thoroughly unfashionable suburbs serve as their childhood stomping grounds. Much derided in literature and popular culture, acclaimed author David Randall turns his eagle eye and sharp wit on growing up in Suburbia - and his own childhood through the 1950s, '60s and '70s. From the predictable naming conventions to the unambitious juvenile crime, and from the social misfits to the snobs in the detached houses, Randall recounts it all in this funny and often poignant anecdote-filled book. Exploring such vital questions as why milkmen were the only daytime callers to be suspected of charming housewives, and just how to hide the New Car (more out of concern for the neighbours than anything to do with crime), no stone is left unturned (although each is placed neatly back onto its manicured lawn). Most important, were the suburbs so extraordinarily cliche as they are portrayed to be? Well, yes, probably. But so what?


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Children Born of War in the Twentieth Century

Children Born of War in the Twentieth Century

Author: Sabine Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

This book explores the life courses of children born of war in different twentieth-century conflicts, including the Second World War, the Vietnam War, the Bosnian War, the Rwandan Genocide and the LRA conflict. It investigates both governmental and military policies vis-a-vis children born of war and their mothers, as well as family and local community attitudes, building a complex picture of the multi-layered challenges faced by many children born of war within their post-conflict receptor communities. Based on extensive archival research, the book also uses oral history and participatory research methods which allow the author to add the voices of the children born of war to historical analysis. -- .


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Kinship in the Viking Diaspora Icelanders and their Relations across the North Atlantic

Kinship in the Viking Diaspora Icelanders and their Relations across the North Atlantic

Author: Pragya Vohra Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

The North Atlantic Viking diaspora in the medieval period has been of increasing interest to scholars, yet is an area that remains poorly understood. Through the lens of kinship relations, this book broadens understanding of the subject by testing the Norse North Atlantic against the modern sociological concept of diaspora. Using different theoretical approaches to social memory, social networks, oral history, migration and diaspora, the study draws upon the disciplines of history, anthropology and archaeology to interrogate a wide range of primary material, including medieval Icelandic textual sources like A slendingabA(3)k, LandnA!mabA(3)k, the A slendingasAgur and the law codes, GrA!gA!s. By focussing primarily on Iceland as the locus of Norse diasporic memorialisation and the Icelandic Family Sagas (A slendingasAgur) as repositories of social memory, it takes a fresh look at the role of kinship relations in the social processes of migration, settlement and the creation of identity. Divided into two sections, the first part of the book investigates the functioning of kinship relations across the Norse colonies of the West (Iceland, Greenland and VA-nland), whilst the second part looks at the settlements in the East (mainland Scandinavia, Ireland and the British Isles). Focusing principally on the functioning of social memory - both remembering and forgetting - and its implications for the Icelanders' conception of the Norse North Atlantic. The book argues that, in spite of strongly emerging individual identities across the Norse North Atlantic colonies, especially in Iceland, there were overarching cultural and familial affiliations that are reflected in the manner in which the maintenance and honouring of kinship relations transcended political boundaries. In so doing the book provides the first full study, using a multi-disciplinary approach, to establish the Norse North Atlantic as a socially functioning, viable, kinship based diaspora.


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When Will We Talk About Hitler? German Students and the Nazi Past

When Will We Talk About Hitler? German Students and the Nazi Past

Author: Alexandra Oeser Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

For more than half a century, discourses on the Nazi past have powerfully shaped German social and cultural policy. Specifically, an institutional determination not to forget has expressed a duty of remembrance through commemorative activities and educational curricula. But as the horrors of the Third Reich retreat ever further from living memory, what do new generations of Germans actually think about this past? Combining observation, interviews, and archival research, this book provides a rich survey of the perspectives and experiences of German adolescents from diverse backgrounds, revealing the extent to which social, economic, and cultural factors have conditioned how they view representations of Germany's complex history.


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The Native South New Histories and Enduring Legacies

The Native South New Histories and Enduring Legacies

Author: Tim Alan Garrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

In The Native South, Tim Alan Garrison and Greg O'Brien assemble contributions from leading ethnohistorians of the American South in a state-of-the-field volume of Native American history from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. Spanning such subjects as Seminole-African American kinship systems, Cherokee notions of guilt and innocence in evolving tribal jurisprudence, Indian captives and American empire, and second-wave feminist activism among Cherokee women in the 1970s, The Native South offers a dynamic examination of ethnohistorical methodology and evolving research subjects in southern Native American history. Theda Perdue and Michael Green, pioneers in the modern historiography of the Native South who developed it into a major field of scholarly inquiry today, speak in interviews with the editors about how that field evolved in the late twentieth century after the foundational work of James Mooney, John Swanton, Angie Debo, and Charles Hudson. For scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates in this field of American history, this collection offers original essays by Mikaela Adams, James Taylor Carson, Tim Alan Garrison, Izumi Ishii, Malinda Maynor Lowery, Rowena McClinton, David A. Nichols, Greg O'Brien, Meg Devlin O'Sullivan, Julie L. Reed, Christina Snyder, and Rose Stremlau.


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The Jews Should Keep Quiet Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust

The Jews Should Keep Quiet Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust

Author: Rafael Medoff Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

Based on recently discovered documents, The Jews Should Keep Quiet reassesses the hows and whys behind the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration's fateful policies during the Holocaust. Rafael Medoff delves into difficult truths: With FDR's consent, the administration deliberately suppressed European immigration far below the limits set by U.S. law. His administration also refused to admit Jewish refugees to the U.S. Virgin Islands, dismissed proposals to use empty Liberty ships returning from Europe to carry refugees, and rejected pleas to drop bombs on the railways leading to Auschwitz, even while American planes were bombing targets only a few miles away-actions that would not have conflicted with the larger goal of winning the war. What motivated FDR? Medoff explores the sensitive question of the president's private sentiments toward Jews. Unmasking strong parallels between Roosevelt's statements regarding Jews and Asians, he connects the administration's policies of excluding Jewish refugees and interning Japanese Americans. The Jews Should Keep Quiet further reveals how FDR's personal relationship with Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, American Jewry's foremost leader in the 1930s and 1940s, swayed the U.S. response to the Holocaust. Documenting how Roosevelt and others pressured Wise to stifle American Jewish criticism of FDR's policies, Medoff chronicles how and why the American Jewish community largely fell in line with Wise. Ultimately Medoff weighs the administration's realistic options for rescue action, which, if taken, would have saved many lives.


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Government by Natural Selection

Government by Natural Selection

Author: Hugh Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2019

Originally published in 1915, Government by Natural Selection looks at the historical advancement of government through the lens of the Darwinian theory of natural selection. The book examines the history of government and its formation, right up until the early 20th century, when the book was first published. The book suggests that there is a link between Darwinian theory and the development of humans in societies, and that this in turn affected the formation of government over the course of history. The book uses not only Darwinian theory to examine history and the formation of government, but philosophers from both antiquity and the 19th century. This book provides a fascinating examination of politics and history through the application of science, and will be of interest to anthropologists, historians and academics of politics alike.


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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Traditional Chinese Culture

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Traditional Chinese Culture

Author: Sin-wai (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Chan Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2019

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Traditional Chinese Culture offers an in-depth discussion of cultural aspects of China from the ancient period to the pre-modern era, lasting over five thousand years, comprised of 7000 word pieces by over 20 world-leading academics and experts. Addressing areas such as China studies, cultural studies, cultural management, and more specific areas, such as religion, opera, Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, material culture, performing arts and visual arts - this encyclopedia covers all major aspects of traditional Chinese culture. The volume is intended to be a detailed reference for graduate students on a variety of courses, and also for undergraduate students on survey courses to Chinese culture.


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Fascist Modernism The Arts Under Dictatorship

Fascist Modernism The Arts Under Dictatorship

Author: Francesca Billiani Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Between 1917 to 1975 Germany, Italy, Portugal, the Soviet Union, and Spain were ruled by authoritarian or totalitarian dictatorships. In order to bring about sweeping changes to the political system and to reinforce traditional values, these regimes uniformly adopted what we would call a modernist aesthetic-huge-scale experiments in architectural modernism funded and supported by fascist and totalitarian dictators. Focusing largely on Benito Mussolini's Italy, and his 'New Rome' project, Francesca Billiani argues that the new concept of 'modernity' in design was intertwined irrecoverably with fascism-that modernist buildings, art and writings have hitherto been seen as purely cultural outputs, when in fact the principles of modernist aesthetics constitute and are constituted by the principles of fascism. Part of this new modernist ideology involved the constitution of a 'new man' as the foundation of a modern collective social identity, a synergy which is explored by Billiani, who argues the remaking of the nation espoused by modernist artists can be read as part of the rise of Fascism across Europe.