The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Native America from 1890 to the Present
Blending history, reportage and memoir, the Ojibwe sociologist Treuer challenges the idea that Native American culture ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. By recording the ways that depredations have been resisted over the past century, he demonstrates how land seizures sharpened legal skills; forced assimilation of children was met by a unifying indigenous identity; and most recently, digital technology has become a tool of organized resistance.
Everyday Lives in the Middle Ages
Beginning with the Wife of Bath and what she can tell us of the wool trade and matrimony, each of Chaucer’s 23 pilgrims on the road to Canterbury illuminates several aspects of 14th-century life in this unusual social history. From close readings of the Ploughman, the Miller, the Reeve and the Franklin the practicalities of rural life are revealed; while other pilgrims, from ‘Mine Host’ to the Shipman, provide the detail and inspire discussion of city, religious and military life.
The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo
Sir Stamford Raffles' vision of a 'collection of living animals such as never yet existed in ancient or modern times' came to fruition in 1928 with the founding of London Zoo. Isobel Charman's novelistic retelling of the institution's first 25 years focuses on key figures, including Veterinary Surgeon Charles Spooner and Head Keeper Devereux Fuller – and notable residents such as Tommy the homesick chimpanzee and Obaysch the hippo.
An Unusual History of Land and Legend
For centuries a curious tomb in a church on the Hertfordshire–Essex border inspired stories about the dragon-slayer Piers Shonks, whose giant bones it was believed to contain. Hadley has embarked on a journey through English history and landscape to discover the real person behind the folk hero, producing this meditation on the importance of belief and memory in the battle between storytellers and those who try to silence them.
Women of the Home Front
Serving the Nation in Photographs
This photographic survey records the work and contributions of women on the Home Front in a wide variety of services and military branches supporting the war effort. With around 150 images, it illustrates the breadth of roles they filled, from agriculture, policing and meteorology to building bomber engines and maintaining anti-aircraft guns.
How Modern Britain Was Forged
Andrew Marr's study of post-war Britain discusses how profoundly attitudes to various aspects of life including politics, manners, social inequality and sexuality have changed since the Queen came to the throne in 1952. Selecting notable figures in numerous fields of endeavour, from Roy Jenkins and Elizabeth David to David and Victoria Beckham, he traces the nation's transformation, describing how each personality helped shape contemporary perspectives.
The Domestic Revolution
How the Introduction of Coal into Our Homes Changed Everything
During the final decades of the 16th century London’s wood-burning hearths were replaced by grates for coal, which had significant economic effects. With insights from her experiences on ‘living history’ television series, Goodman discusses the reasons for the switch and its impact on the British landscape, before focusing on how it altered domestic life, including changes to cooking and doing laundry, and the demand for products such as soap and wallpaper.
Victory in the Kitchen
The Life of Churchill's Cook
Born in the Victorian era, Georgina Landemare saw huge changes in British food culture, including French influences, the effects of rationing and the advent of TV dinners. The pinnacle of her career was her employment, between 1940 and 1954, by Winston and Clementine Churchill, who found her ‘an inspired cook’. This biography gives insights into both women’s experiences in domestic service and the importance of food supply in wartime diplomacy.
Made in Scotland
Many of the UK’s most common consumer products – Armitage Shanks, Pringle, Mother’s Pride, Baxter’s soups, The Beano – come from Scotland. Other famous Scottish brands, such as British Caledonian Airways, are gone but not forgotten. Illustrated with vintage advertisements throughout, each chapter in this book follows the history of a well known firm, introducing the people who built it and made it a household name.
Scotland's Famine Winter
The potato blight that ravaged Ireland in 1846–7 also caused widespread starvation in Scotland. This history records, for the first time, how people rose up in protest, seized grain carts and boarded ships; and though the army fired on rioters and savage sentences were imposed, the rebels succeeded in winning key concessions, above all, cheaper food.
The Future of Soul
In concluding his trilogy on soul music and social change in 1960s America, Stuart Cosgrove looks at Harlem in 1969. Heroin was endemic and 21 members of the Black Panther Party were arrested, but Donny Hathaway, King Curtis and Miles Davis were reinventing black music, and the seeds of disco, house and hip-hop were being sown.
Eriskay Where I Was Born
Born at Haun, on the small, Gaelic-speaking island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides, Angus Edward ‘Detsag’ MacInnes (1925–2005) tells the story of his family and his own life, from growing up as one of ten children to his long and adventurous career in the Merchant Navy, and gives a richly detailed description of island life. First published in 1997 and reissued with a new foreword by Decker Forrest in 2017.
Cremation In Modern Scotland
History, Architecture and the Law
Approaching cremation as ‘a form of funeral that opens up deep questions about a people’s way of life, attitude to the past, present and future, and even to a sense of destiny’, the authors of this multidisciplinary study examine the history of burial reform and cremation in Scotland. They also explore the common law of Scotland relating to cremation, and the architectural challenge of providing buildings for disposal, ritual and remembrance.
This guide to superstitious lore is in two parts: the first examines the lighter side, detailing the historical and mythological roots of beliefs including hanging horseshoes over the door, telling stories to the bees and touching wood; the second looks into the darker side, with stories of hagstones, broken mirrors, black cats and the Evil Eye.
The Book of Christmas
Beginning with a timeline of significant moments, this is a detailed tour around festive traditions and their origins. Including carols, wreaths and the birth of Santa’s iconic outfit, as well as cricket, kissing under the mistletoe and Japan’s predilection for KFC Christmas dinners, it introduces the often bizarre stories behind the trappings of the holiday season.
The True Story of the World's Most Stubborn Micronation
In 1967, Major Paddy Bates proclaimed himself ruler of an abandoned Second World War fort in the North Sea. Incorporating many rare photographs and interviews with surviving members of Sealand’s royal family, this book tells the story of how this island nation fought off the British government and armed mercenaries for half a century, preserving its independence to this day.
A History of Social and Political Protest Graphics
This highly illustrated study examines the part played by persuasive and subversive graphic art in protest movements. Tracing the genre's roots in the satirical sketches of previous centuries, example posters, cartoons and logos demonstrate notable designs, from the political agitation of the 1920s to the counter culture movements of the 1960s and more recent climate protests and social activism.
The Corpse as Text
Disinterment and Antiquarian Enquiry, 1700–1900
Thea Tomaini explores changes in English attitudes to the dead during the period 1700–1900 through the investigations of antiquarians who disinterred historical figures of earlier centuries. In studies of men and women including King John, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Shakespeare and Charles I, whose graves were opened for academic purposes, Tomaini shows the diverse ways in which corpses were ‘read’ and understood.
Beds and Chambers in Late Medieval England
Readings, Representations and Realities
On the premise that everyday objects and spaces matter, this study takes an interdisciplinary approach to the cultural meanings of beds and chambers in late medieval England. Structured around aspects of everyday life, from rising early to sex at night, and drawing on historical, literary, archaeological and visual evidence, Hollie Morgan explores the socially constructed associations of beds and chambers in the medieval imagination and lived experience.
The Rag Trade
The People Who Made Our Clothes
Through the biographies of eleven individual clothing workers across the UK, this book presents a revealing picture of 19th-century working life. Its subjects were tailors, dressmakers, milliners and shoemakers, and for many of them, difficult clients, financial problems and trouble with the law made for a precarious existence in which success or failure depended on luck as much as judgement.
In Bed with the Ancient Greeks
Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
As the poet Theocritus wrote, ‘We are not the first mortals to see beauty in what is beautiful’. In this thorough survey of ancient Greeks’ attitudes to love, sex, marriage and adultery, Chrystal brings together mythology, literature and visual art with evidence from medical writings, sex manuals, and religious, philosophical and magical texts. The book ends with discussion of the Greek sexual vocabulary and an extensive bibliography listing ancient sources and modern scholarship. Sexually explicit.
The Surprising History of 3,000 Long-Lost, Exotic and Endangered Words
In 1755 Samuel Johnson’s dictionary defined 43,773 words in English; now there are more than 600,000. Explaining where some of them came from, the first part of this book is an A–Z of adopted words, from abacus (Hebrew) to Zulu (Amazulu). Part two lists words and meanings that have gone for good, such as the unlamented picaroon, and part three is an A–Z of those on their way out. Slightly off-mint.