Laboratories of Virtue: Punishment, Revolution, and Authority in Philadelphia, 1760-1835 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia)

By Michael Meranze

Michael Meranze makes use of Philadelphia as a case learn to research the connection among penal reform and liberalism in early the United States. In Laboratories of Virtue, he translates the evolving approach of legal punishment as a microcosm of social tensions that characterised the early American republic. enticing contemporary paintings at the heritage of punishment in England and continental Europe, Meranze lines felony punishment from the overdue colonial process of publicly inflicted corporal consequences to the institution of penitentiaries within the Jacksonian interval. all through, he unearths an international of sophistication distinction and contested values during which those that didn't healthy the rising bourgeois ethos have been disciplined and finally segregated.

By focusing cognizance at the procedure of public penal exertions that built within the 1780s, Meranze successfully hyperlinks penal reform to the advance of republican ideas within the innovative period. His research, richly expert by means of Foucaultian and Freudian thought, departs from contemporary scholarship that treats penal reform as a nostalgic attempt to reestablish social balance. as an alternative, Meranze translates the reform of punishment as a forward-looking undertaking. He argues that the recent disciplinary practices arose from the reformers' fight to include or cast off contradictions to their imaginative and prescient of an enlightened, liberal republic.

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Handbook of 19th Century Naval Warfare

Great technological advances have been made in virtually each zone of maritime army job among 1793 and 1914. at first of the 19th century the Napoleonic wars marked the zenith of scuffling with sail and wood hulls. by means of the sunrise of the 20 th century, seriously armed iron-hulled warships, powered by way of oil-fired burners and pushed by means of screw propellers, pointed to the form of items to come back. Spencer Tucker's seriously illustrated narrative account of this important transition section in naval background makes a speciality of the evolution of ships and their ordnance. Tucker opens with a precis of know-how, strategies, and procedure within the early 1800s, by means of debts of the wars of the Napoleonic interval and the criteria that ended in British naval supremacy. He then describes the revolutions that in naval ordnance, propulsion, iron hulls, and underwater battle and reports the naval state of affairs sooner than the 1st global conflict, displaying how alterations performed out within the Sino-Japanese, Russo-Japanese, and Spanish-American Wars. He concludes with an evidence of the area naval stability at the eve of the realm struggle I.

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The Last Ride of the James-Younger Gang: Jesse James and the Northfield Raid 1876

By Sean McLachlan

It used to be the start of the top for the James gang. some time past ten years Frank and Jesse James had risen from unknown ex-Confederate guerrillas to turn into the main recognized outlaws on the planet. A string of bold robberies had introduced them status, admiration, hatred, and a shockingly small volume of wealth. In 1876 they deliberate their so much bold raid yet--to trip hundreds and hundreds of miles from their domestic kingdom of Missouri to rob the 1st nationwide financial institution at Northfield, Minnesota. With them have been Cole, Bob, and Jim more youthful, well-known outlaws and ex-bushwhackers like James brothers. Charlie Pitts, invoice Chadwell, and Clell Miller, no strangers to gunfighting and outlawry, rode with them. They hit the financial institution on 7 September 1876.

At least they attempted. The tellers fooled the outlaws into pondering they did not have a key to the secure, and as 1/2 the crowd wasted time inside of arguing, the outlaws status shield outdoors have been attacked by means of the enraged citizenry. A bloody gunfight ensued on Northfield's city sq., and ahead of the smoke cleared Chadwell and Miller lay lifeless and the vast majority of the crowd have been wounded. They moved quickly out of city with a posse sizzling on their path. Frank and Jesse James cut up off from their comrades and fought a working conflict with numerous posses sooner than escaping, however the more youthful brothers and Pitts made sluggish development. They have been finally acquired cornered and fought a last-ditch gun conflict with their pursuers.

This booklet tells the tale of 1 of the main bold financial institution jobs in American background. With lots of the gang being former bushwhackers, they used many guerrilla strategies within the making plans and execution of the raid, but failed due to bad self-discipline and their very own status, which intended that each city within the Midwest had their weapons loaded ready to struggle off bandits.

Just earlier than the Northfield task, the James gang robbed the Missouri Pacific No. four educate with a view to get cash for horses, gear, and touring bills. This heist can also be coated in meticulous element.

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How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity

By Rodney Stark

Finally the Truth in regards to the upward thrust of the West

Modernity built purely within the West—in Europe and North the US. Nowhere else did technological know-how and democracy come up; nowhere else used to be slavery outlawed. merely Westerners invented chimneys, musical rankings, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electrical lighting fixtures, aspirin, and soap.

The query is, Why?

regrettably, that query has turn into so politically fallacious that the majority students steer clear of it. yet acclaimed writer Rodney Starkprovides the solutions during this sweeping new examine Western civilization.

How the West gained demonstrates the primacy of uniquely Western ideas—among them the idea in unfastened will, the dedication to the pursuit of information, the idea that the universe services in keeping with rational principles that may be dis­covered, and the emphasis on human freedom and safe estate rights.

Taking readers on an exciting trip from old Greece to the current, Stark demanding situations a lot of the got knowledge approximately Western his­tory. How the West received shows, for example:

• Why the autumn of Rome was once the one so much beneficial event within the upward thrust of Western civilization
• Why the “Dark a long time” by no means happened
• Why the Crusades had not anything to do with grabbing loot or attacking the Muslim international unprovoked
• Why there has been no “Scientific Revolution” within the 17th century
• Why students’ fresh efforts to brush off the significance of battles are ridiculous: had the Greeks misplaced on the conflict of Marathon, we most likely could by no means have heard of Plato or Aristotle

Stark additionally debunks absurd fabrications that experience flourished some time past few many years: that the Greeks stole their tradition from Africa; that the West’s “discoveries” have been copied from the chinese language and Muslims; that Europe grew to become wealthy through plundering the non-Western global. even as, he finds the woeful inadequacy of modern makes an attempt to characteristic the increase of the West to merely fabric causes—favorable climates, considerable normal assets, weapons and steel.

How the West Wondisplays Rodney Stark’s presents for full of life narrative background and making the newest scholarship available to all readers. This daring, insightful ebook will strength you to reconsider your figuring out of the West and the delivery of modernity—and to acknowledge that Western civilization particularly has set itself except different cultures.

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Titans of History

By Simon Sebag Montefiore

In The Titans of History, Simon Sebag Montefiore brings jointly a bright and compelling collection of the lives of the towering figures that, for best of for worse, have replaced the process historical past. The 14th-century Mongol warlord Tamerlane, who as soon as ordered the development of a pyramid of 70,000 human skulls from those who his military had beheaded, rubs shoulders with Oskar Schindler, the guy whose selfless heroism stored over 1,000 Jews from dying by the hands of the Nazis. In among those extremes are these striking figures, like Henry VIII, in whom strong and evil have been combined promiscuously.

Inspiring and scary in equivalent degree, in The Titans of History, Simon Sebag Montefiore has created an interesting, leading edge and authoritative window into the historical past of the realm.

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The Oxford Companion to the Year: An Exploration of Calendar Customs and Time-Reckoning

What are the halcyon days? On what date do the puppy days start? what's Hansel Monday? How do chinese language, Muslim, Mesoamerican, Jewish, and Babylonian calendars vary from Christian calendars? The solutions to those and countless numbers of different interesting questions on the way in which people have marked and measured time over the millennia are available in The Oxford spouse to the Year.
the will to put aside definite classes of time to mark their value is a transhistorical, transcultural phenomena. almost all cultures have marked specified days or sessions: the banquet day of a saint, the get together of a old occasion, the turning of a season, a interval of fasting, the birthday of an enormous historic determine. round nowadays a wealthy physique of traditions, ideals, and superstitions have grown up, a lot of them simply half-remembered this day. Now, for the 1st time, Bonnie Blackburn and Leofranc Holford-Strevens mix this physique of data with a wide-ranging survey of calendars throughout cultures in an authoritative and interesting one-volume reference paintings. the 1st part of The Oxford significant other to the Year is a daily survey of the calendar yr, revealing the background, literature, legend, and lore linked to every one season, month, and day. the second one half offers a broader learn of time-reckoning: historic and glossy calendars, spiritual and civil, are defined, with convenient tables for the conversion of dates among a variety of platforms and a priceless index to facilitate quickly reference.
The Oxford significant other to the Year is a different and uniquely pleasant reference resource, an essential reduction for all historians and antiquarians, and a wealthy mine of knowledge and concept for browsers.

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Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History since 1900

By Kendra Smith-Howard

American citizens have by no means been extra keen on their food's purity. The natural exchange organization claims that three-quarters of all shoppers purchase natural meals every year, spending billions of bucks

"Dairy farm households, future health officers, and foodstuff brands have concurrently stoked human wants for an all-natural product and intervened to make sure milk's protection and profitability," writes Kendra Smith-Howard. In Pure and sleek Milk, she tells the historical past of a virtually common customer product, and sheds mild on America's nutrients undefined. this present day, she notes, milk reaches supermarkets in a completely diverse country than it had at its construction. Cows march into milking parlors, the place tubes are connected to their teats, and the manufactured from their lactation is automatically pumped into tanks. huge, immense, dear machines pasteurize it, improve it with supplementations, eliminate fats, and shop it at government-regulated temperatures. It reaches shoppers in a number of varieties: as fluid milk, butter, ice cream, and in it seems that non-dairy meals resembling whey solids or milk proteins. Smith-Howard examines the cultural, political, and social context, discussing the makes an attempt to reform the creation and distribution of this once-perilous product within the revolutionary period, the heritage of butter among the realm wars, dairy waste at mid-century, and the postwar panorama of mass construction. She asks how milk can be conceptualized as a "natural" product, at the same time it's been integrated into Cheez Whiz and wooden glue. and she or he indicates how consumer's altering expectancies have had repercussions backpedal the chain, affecting farmers, cows, and rural landscapes.

A groundbreaking, interdisciplinary historical past, this e-book unearths the complexity and demanding situations of humanity's dependence on different species.

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Nationalism: Theory, Ideology, History

By Anthony D. Smith

For the final centuries, nationalism has been a primary function of society and politics. Few ideologies can fit its energy and resonance, and no different political stream and symbolic language has such around the globe charm and resilience. yet nationalism can be a sort of public tradition and political faith, which attracts on a lot older cultural and symbolic kinds.

Seeking to do justice to those diverse aspects of nationalism, the second one variation of this well known and revered assessment has been revised and up to date with modern advancements and the newest scholarly paintings. It goals to supply a concise and available advent to the middle thoughts and types of nationalist ideology; a transparent research of the most important competing paradigms and theories of countries and nationalism; a severe account of the usually hostile histories and periodization of the state and nationalism; and an overview of the clients of nationalism and its persevered worldwide strength and persistence.

Broad and comparative in scope, the e-book is strongly interdisciplinary, drawing on principles and insights from background, political technological know-how, sociology and anthropology. the point of interest is theoretical, however it additionally features a clean exam of a few of the most old and modern empirical contributions to the literature at the topic. it's going to stay a useful source for college kids of nationalism around the social sciences.

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The Challenge of the American Revolution

By Edmund S. Morgan

This quantity offers an eminent historian's growth over thirty years in attempting to comprehend the yank Revolution. here's the historian at his best—beginning with the belief that issues usually are not regularly as they look like, delighting within the discovery of the formerly unknown, and providing new interpretations with kind, wit, and the nice feel to grasp that there are consistently extra inquiries to be answered.

The Revolution is fertile flooring for the historian's craft, as those essays attest. Edmund S. Morgan discovers in American protests opposed to British taxation an confirmation of rights that the colonists adhered to with fantastic consistency, and that guided them eventually to independence. Then, after a basic reassessment of the significance of the Revolution, he strikes to a learn of it as an highbrow flow, which challenged the simplest minds of the interval to remodel their political global. subsequent, in learning the moral foundation of the Revolution, Morgan lines the shaping of nationwide recognition through puritanical attitudes towards paintings and relaxation. This leads him to an exploration of the paradoxical dating among slavery and freedom, and the position their dating performed within the Revolution. ultimately, pondering the Revolution on its anniversary, Morgan seems once more on the Founding Fathers and the cutting edge bold, admiring such a lot their skill to reject what had hitherto been taken without any consideration.

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