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• Author :_Anthony Grafton
• Pages :_319 sheets
• ISBN-10 :_0521874351
• ISBN-13 :_9780521874359

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• Description : One of the world's leading cultural historians on writing about history in early modern Europe. [...] by Publisher : 'Cambridge University Press'


2011-12-12 | History

• Author :_Joachim Radkau
• Pages :_399 sheets
• ISBN-10 :_0745646883
• ISBN-13 :_9780745646886

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• Description : Ötzi the iceman could not do without wood when he was climbing his Alpine glacier, nor could medieval cathedral-builders or today's construction companies. From time immemorial, the skill of the human hand has developed by working wood, so much so that we might say that the handling of wood is a basic element in the history of the human body. The fear of a future wood famine became a panic in the 18th century and sparked the beginnings of modern environmentalism. This book traces the cultural history of wood and offers a highly original account of the connection between the raw material and the human beings who benefit from it. Even more, it shows that wood can provide a key for a better understanding of history, of the pecularities as well as the varieties of cultures, of a co-evolution of nature and culture, and even of the rise and fall of great powers. Beginning with Stone Age hunters, it follows the twists and turns of the story through the Middle Ages and the Industrial Revolution to the global society of the twenty-first century, in which wood is undergoing a varied and unexpected renaissance. Radkau is sceptical of claims that wood is about to disappear, arguing that such claims are self-serving arguments promoted by interest groups to secure cheaper access to, and control over, wood resources. The whole forest and timber industry often strikes the outsider as a world unto itself, a hermetically sealed black box, but when we lift the lid on this box, as Radkau does here, we will be surprised by what we find within. Wide-ranging and accessible, this rich historical analysis of one of our most cherished natural resources will find a wide readership. [...] by Publisher : 'Polity'

• Author :_Will Durant, Ariel Durant
• Pages :_128 sheets
• ISBN-10 :_1439170193
• ISBN-13 :_9781439170199

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• Description : A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant. With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time. Juxtaposing the great lives, ideas, and accomplishments with cycles of war and conquest, the Durants reveal the towering themes of history and give meaning to our own. [...] by Publisher : 'Simon and Schuster'

• Author :_Thomas E. Sheridan
• Pages :_434 sheets
• ISBN-10 :_9780816515158
• ISBN-13 :_0816515158

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• Description : Thomas E. Sheridan has spent a lifetime in Arizona, "living off it and seeking refuge from it." He knows firsthand its canyons, forests, and deserts; he has seen its cities exploding with new growth; and, like many other people, he sometimes fears for its future. In this book, Sheridan sets forth new ideas about what a history should be. Arizona: A History explores the ways in which Native Americans, Hispanics, and Anglos have inhabited and exploited Arizona from the pursuit of the Naco mammoth 11,000 years ago to the financial adventurism of Charles Keating and others today. It also examines how perceptions of Arizona have changed, creating new constituencies of tourists, environmentalists, and outside business interests to challenge the dominance of ranchers, mining companies, and farmers who used to control the state. Sheridan emphasizes the crucial role of the federal government in Arizona's development throughout the book. As Sheridan writes about the past, his eyes are on the inevitable change and compromise of the present and future. He balances the gains and losses as global forces interact more and more with local cultural and environmental factors. [...] by Publisher : 'University of Arizona Press'

• Author :_Mark Michael Smith
• Pages :_413 sheets
• ISBN-10 :_9780820325835
• ISBN-13 :_082032583X

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• Description : Hearing History is a long-needed introduction to the basic tenets of what is variously termed historical acoustemology, auditory culture, or aural history. Gathering twenty-one of the fields most important writings, this volume will deepen and broaden our understanding of changing perceptions of sound and hearing and the ongoing education of our senses. The essays stimulate thinking on key questions: What is aural history? Why has vision tended to triumph over hearing in historical accounts? How might we begin to reclaim the sounds of the past? With theoretical and practical essays on the history of sound and hearing in Europe and the United States, the book draws on historical approaches ranging from empiricism to postmodernism. Some essays show the historian of technology at work, others highlight how With theoretical and practical essays on the history of sound and hearing in Europe and the United States, the book draws on historical approaches ranging from empiricism to postmodernism. Some essays show the historian of technology at work, others highlight how military, social, intellectual, and cultural historians have tackled historical acoustemologies. Investigating soundscapes that include a Puritan meetinghouse in colonial New England, the belfries of a French village at the close of the Old Regime, the court hall of Elizabeth I, and a Civil War battlefield, the essays vary just as widely in their topics, which include noise as a marker of social and cultural differences, the privileging of music as the sound of art, the persistence of Aristotelian ideas of sound into the seventeenth century, developments in sound related to medical practice, the advent of sound-recording technology, and noise pollution. [...] by Publisher : 'University of Georgia Press'

• Author :_Paulina Kewes
• Pages :_449 sheets
• ISBN-10 :_9780873282192
• ISBN-13 :_0873282191

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• Description : "A superb group of contributors provide by far the best survey ever produced of the uses of the past in early modern England. The essays give the history of both religion and politics their proper place, and put historical writing in the context of other literary activities. Yet the whole is much more than the sum of its parts: a provocation to thought, an invitation to new research, it will prove a landmark volume."--David Wootton, Anniversary Professor of History, University of York "Early modern thinkers used the past in a multitude of complex ways that we have only begun to understand. In this ambitious and wide-ranging collection, a roster of nineteen stellar scholars have made the most important contribution to this subject since F. J. Levy's "Tudor Historical Thought, " first published in 1967."--Robert D. Hume, Evan Pugh Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University [...] by Publisher : 'Univ of California Press'

• Author :_Remy Debes
• Pages :_416 sheets
• ISBN-10 :_0199385998
• ISBN-13 :_9780199385997

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• Description : In everything from philosophical ethics to legal argument to public activism, it has become commonplace to appeal to the idea of human dignity. In such contexts, the concept of dignity typically signifies something like the fundamental moral status belonging to all humans. Remarkably, however, it is only in the last century that this meaning of the term has become standardized. Before this, dignity was instead a concept associated with social status. Unfortunately, this transformation remains something of a mystery in existing scholarship. Exactly when and why did -dignity- change its meaning? And before this change, was it truly the case that we lacked a conception of human worth akin to the one that -dignity- now represents? In this volume, leading scholars across a range of disciplines attempt to answer such questions by clarifying the presently murky history of -dignity, - from classical Greek thought through the Middle Ages and Enlightenment to the present day. [...] by Publisher : 'Oxford University Press'

On History

1982-02-15 | History

• Author :_Fernand Braudel
• Pages :_236 sheets
• ISBN-10 :_9780226071510
• ISBN-13 :_0226071510

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• Description : An eminent French historian analyzes the study of history and the nature of time [...] by Publisher : 'University of Chicago Press'

• Author :_Jörn Rüsen
• Pages :_222 sheets
• ISBN-10 :_9781571816245
• ISBN-13 :_1571816240

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• Description : Without denying the importance of the postmodernist approach to the narrative form and rhetorical strategies of historiography, the author, one of Germany's most prominent cultural historians, argues here in favor of reason and methodical rationality in history. He presents a broad variety of aspects, factors and developments of historical thinking from the 18th century to the present, thus continuing, in exemplary fashion, the tradition of critical self-reflection in the humanities and looking at historical studies as an important factor of cultural orientation in practical life. [...] by Publisher : 'Berghahn Books'