The term ‘wasteland’ can refer to land that is unoccupied and unmodified by human civilization, but it is also applied – with increasing frequency – to land left abandoned, polluted or damaged by industrial or military activity. This illustrated cultural history explores that shift in meaning and the concept of landscape underlying it, tracing the change in perception back to ‘a particular convergence of beliefs, technologies, institutions and individuals’ in 17th- and 18th- century Britain.
Back to the Garden
Nature and the Mediterranean World from Prehistory to the Present
In a deep ecological history of the Mediterranean cultural region since the Palaeolithic era, McGregor argues that the present environmental crisis has its origins in the late-18th-century abandonment of a harmonious working relationship with Nature. American cut pages.
The Feminist Revolution
The Struggle for Women's Liberation 1966–1988
This celebration of the women’s liberation movement, its battles and achievements and the creativity that came with them, focuses on the period from the 1960s to the 1980s during which feminist campaigns achieved landmark political victories and transformed the lives and opportunities of women. The highly illustrated volume contains interviews with leading figures, first-hand accounts and a range of photographs, posters, campaign literature and other ephemera.
The Written World
The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization
This survey examines the role of literature in the development of the world’s politics, philosophical ideas and spiritual beliefs. Discussing 16 key texts that span 4,000 years, Martin Puchner explores the ways in which the works have shaped social and cultural identity, from the Epic of Gilgamesh in c.2100 BCE to the Harry Potter novels in the 2000s. Puchner concludes by reflecting on the future of the written word’s influence upon human civilization.
Heart Beguiling Araby
The English Romance with Arabia
For certain Englishmen, the Arabian desert and its inhabitants exerted a powerful fascination. This book examines the lives of four Victorian Arabists – Richard Burton, Gifford Palgrave, Wilfrid Blunt and Charles Doughty – and explores the legend of TE Lawrence, who followed in their footsteps.
Women Who Inspire
Focusing on ‘a more romantic age’ than our own, Abdelouahab’s gallery of muses begins around 1850 with Lizzie Siddal and Jane Morris, both immortalized by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and ends in the mid 1950s with the meeting of Guilietta Masina and Federico Fellini. Lavishly illustrated with photographic portraits, the book tells the stories of women as muses to artists, writers and musicians, in partnerships including Louise Cadet and Flaubert, Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salomé, and Proust and Élisabeth Greffulhe, his Duchesse de Guermantes.
Dinner with a Cannibal
The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo
In this thorough examination of human cannibalism, a palaeoanthropologist analyses the evidence, from ancient fossils to recent genetic findings, that marks us all as descendants of cannibals. Investigating when and why humans have eaten their own kind, she identifies cannibalism as an ancient, natural strategy used by early humans to survive periods of food scarcity, but also considers the religious and culinary contexts in which it has been practised in historical times.
Madness in Civilization
A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine
In this cultural history of insanity, from the Bible to modern medicine, Professor Scull argues that we remain far from understanding the roots of madness and that modern psychiatry has much to learn from the responses of past societies. Examining medical, pharmacological, religious and psychological approaches, he explains how madness has been perceived as a frightening challenge to the social fabric, and as a profound influence on the arts.
The Dandy at Dusk
Taste and Melancholy in the Twentieth Century
Dispelling the notion that dandyism can be defined as an extravagance of dress, and seeing it more as an art form, this social history explores its relationship to modernity and issues of identity. Through profiles of six 20th-century dandies, including the Duke of Windsor, Quentin Crisp and the film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Philip Mann shows how their dedication to style is linked intrinsically to their aesthetic values and attitudes.
The Swinging Sixties
An Iconic Decade in Pictures
In this photographic portrait of the 1960s, drawn from the Mirrorpix archive, musicians, models, fashion designers, actors and artists dominate the ‘swinging’ scene; but amid the hair-dos, festivals and flower power, there’s also Bobby Moore kissing the World Cup and the new Concorde being wheeled out to meet its adoring fans.
A History of the Umbrella in Life and Literature
Once a mark of royalty designed to shield pharaohs from the sun, umbrellas have also been used to signal class distinctions and as status symbols, talismans and defensive weapons. This illustrated volume explores their history and cultural significance, and examines their treatment in literature, art and film, including 120 appearances in the works of Dickens.
The Portable Renaissance Reader
During the 15th and 16th centuries Europe rediscovered the ancient world and underwent a revolution in scientific knowledge. This classic anthology, first published in 1953, brings together selections from a range of Renaissance texts illustrating ‘characteristic tendencies, themes and seminal forms of the self-expression of the age’. It features the words of more than 100 writers including scientists and scholars (Erasmus, Copernicus), poets and artists (Petrarch, Michelangelo), and prelates and saints (Pius II, Teresa of Avila). Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Indispensable Chomsky
Offering an overview of Chomsky’s political thought, this compilation features transcripts derived from discussions at seminars and public talks held across a period of 11 years following the dawn of the post-Cold War era in 1989. They illustrate his revolutionary perspective on the politics of power and the workings of institutions, with topics including globalization, the military-industrial complex, US foreign and domestic policy, the strategies of activists and the media’s role in popular struggle.
The Great British Dream Factory
The Strange History of Our National Imagination
Britain has maintained a strong influence worldwide on popular culture for many years. JK Rowling has sold more than 400 million books, Doctor Who is watched in almost every developed country, and James Bond is the longest-running film series in history. This entertaining book explores the roots, meaning and global success of Britain’s popular culture, and asks what there is in the national imagination that has given birth to such riches.
Clearing a Space
Reflections on India, Literature and Culture
In the essays assembled in Clearing a Space, the novelist, musician and critic Amit Chaudhuri draws on his own experience as an Indian writer of fiction in English to reflect on what it means to be a modern Indian in relation to history, and on aspects of Indian culture and literature.
Writers & Artists Under English Skies
There can be no more English a topic of conversation than the weather, and the nation’s artists and writers have reflected on it – and under it – for centuries. Blending wide reading, acute personal observation and nature writing of rare beauty, this book follows the shifting cultural climate from the wintry world of the Anglo-Saxons to Turner’s fiery sunsets, via Chaucer’s ‘shoures soote’ and Shakespeare’s tempests. Illustrated with more than 60 historic images, many of them in colour.
Voices of Indian America
'This land belongs to us, for the Great Spirit gave it to us when he put us here.' Sitting Bull's speech is among the treasures presented in this magnificent survey of Native American culture. Published to mark the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, the book combines chapters by Native American scholars, poets and tribal leaders with illustrations of art and artefacts from across the Americas and across time, from ancient traditions to the 'new narrative' of today. Slightly off-mint.
Dress Like a Woman
Working Women and What They Wore
Although women started to enter employment en masse in the early 20th century, it was not until the 1970s that they began to exercise a modicum of autonomy over what they wore at work. Accompanied by introductory essays by fashion journalist Vanessa Friedman and New York Times. bestselling author Roxane Gay, the 240 photographs in this volume depict the changes in women’s clothing in the workplace over the last hundred years.
A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love
In January 1967 Dr Timothy Leary uttered the hippie mantra ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’, and by that summer the USA’s West Coast was undergoing a countercultural revolution. Using photographs and previously unpublished interviews with musicians, poets and artists, Harvey Kubernik chronicles the events of 1967, from seminal bands, such as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, to the high point of Monterey Pop Festival and the defining musical moments of the Summer of Love.
The Human Age
The World Shaped By Us
Diane Ackerman may rue the destruction of the natural world, yet she is thrilled by human ingenuity and here contemplates nascent technologies – including those for body heat recycling, 3D-printed human tissue and carbon capture – that may yet save our planet and our species. Slightly off-mint.
A Companion to Mexican Studies
With its unique fusion of the Aztec tradition, Christian iconography and modernism, Mexican art is powerful, distinctive and immediately recognizable. This scholarly but readable history traces its development from pre-Columbian times through the Spanish colonial period and revolution to the present day. Covering not only the visual arts but writing, theatre, music and dance, it takes in such great artists and writers as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Octavio Paz. With colour plates, maps, a chronology and extensive bibliography.
Prophecy and Power in the Ancient World
The female prophets known as sibyls were renowned across the Greco-Roman world and their pronouncements were considered a source of authoritative wisdom. Guillermo focuses on the stories that were told about four prominent sibyls, at Erythrae, Cumae, Delphi and Tibur. He also reflects on the wider cultural associations between women and prophecy and asks how the ancient pagan tradition was later fused with Christianity so successfully that sibyls feature in Michelangelo’s decoration of the Sistine Chapel.
Life and Culture in the West, 1918–1938
Europe emerged from the First World War broken and traumatized, its beliefs shattered by four years of carnage. This wide-ranging history charts the social, political and intellectual climate of the age, as citizens of the West turned their energies towards the hedonism of the Jazz Age while artists, scientists and philosophers grappled with the question of how to live without certainties, and sinister new ideologies emerged from the wreckage of the old order.
The Black Carib Wars
Freedom, Survival and the Making of the Garifuna
The Garifuna, who live along the Caribbean coast of Central America from Belize to Nicaragua, trace their origin to the union of Carib Indians and escaped slaves on the island of St Vincent. The product of extensive research in the region, this book charts their remarkable history of struggle against French and British colonists, celebrating their resilience and the survival of a culture and a language that pre-date the arrival of Columbus.
Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture
Discussing familiar animals – horses, sheep, dogs, cats, rats and moles – in the literary contexts of Renaissance works including Hamlet, Utopia and Romeo and Juliet, Karen Raber argues that ‘there is no such thing as human identity, history, culture, without the prior cooperation, collaboration, habitation, ideological appropriation, consumption of animals, without animals as the "always already" of both materiality and culture itself.’
Violent jealous reactions make newspaper headlines, but Peter Toohey explains how ‘jealousy’s daily life is much quieter’ and ‘surprisingly beneficial’. Dealing with all kinds of jealousy – including that of infants, animals, families and academics – he explains its biological and evolutionary basis, its relation to humans’ socialization and how it protects and strengthens relationships. As well as its place in our lives, the study discusses jealousy in artistic creativity and the psychological study of the emotion.
Animals in Myth, Legend, and Literature
In this great survey of animals and their symbolism, Boria Sax has abandoned biological classification in favour of tradition, linking the animals not only to their natural habitat and habits, but also to human cultural values and practices. The resulting categories range from almost human (apes, monkeys, bears, beavers, porcupines and pigs), through tricksters, musicians, man’s best friends, beasts of burden and tough guys to divinities (owls, eagles, doves and, remarkably, the rhinoceros).
Beacon for Change
How the 1951 Festival of Britain Helped to Shape a New Age
The 1951 Festival of Britain brought both excitement and optimism to the drab post-war years of rationing and austerity. This book explores the intentions of its creators, recounts the effect of its satellite festivals all over Britain, and records how it transformed London's South Bank with buildings such as the Royal Festival Hall and the futuristic Skylon, spawned the Miss World contest, introduced Britons to Scandinavian design and even offered them their first experience of soft lavatory paper.
A Social and Family History
During the night shift at Colne Bridge cotton mill in 1818, a ten-year-old boy carried a lighted candle into the card room, causing a fire that killed 17 workers and influenced a change in the law regulating working hours and child labour. This book collects the stories of similar tragedies in the Yorkshire area, including mining disasters and boat and railway accidents, from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Upright Thinkers
The Human Journey From Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos
Leonard Mlodinow, bestselling author (with Stephen Hawking) of The Grand Design, traces the human 'odyssey of discovery', from starting to walk upright to space travel. Emphasizing the unity of knowledge and the creative impulse, he deals first with the evolution of the human brain and the urge to understand; then describes the development of the hard sciences up to the early 20th century; and finally surveys the exponential progress of science and technology since the discovery of quantum physics.
Enlightenment and Reform in Eighteenth-Century Europe
This volume brings together Beales's essays, articles and lectures on 18th century Europe and, in particular, his research on Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor 1765-1790 and ruler of the Austrian Monarchy 1780-1790, and his 'revolution from above'. The book covers an area as wide as Joseph's rule and reforming influence, from the Austrian Netherlands in the West to Galicia and Transylvania in the East, and explores his ideas, aims and achievements through topics ranging from enlightened despotism to Mozart, and from the suppression of the Jesuits to Maria Theresa.
The Art of the Jewish Marriage Contract
The custom of illuminating the traditional Jewish marriage contract, the ketubbah, developed over the past four centuries into a rich and varied folk art throughout Northern Europe, Italy and the Near East. Produced in conjunction with the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, this beautiful volume contains full-colour plates of 61 examples from its outstanding collection, and offers a vivid and fascinating account of the marriage customs and daily life of diverse Jewish communities.
Visions of England
What does it mean to be English? In a post-imperial age of devolution and multiculturalism, the question has taken on a new urgency. In this searching, deeply felt book, the art historian Roy Strong argues that the national psyche has been shaped by the rural arcadia celebrated by poets and painters such as Wordsworth and Constable. Drawing on both high art and popular culture, he identifies an enduring national identity that is inclusive and free of chauvinism or political partisanship.
Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion
Volume Seven: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands
Written for both academic and general readers, the volumes of the Berg Encyclopedia focus on the 19th to early 21st centuries and comprise essays on the full spectrum of issues relating to dress and body modification, with topics ranging from Maori moko to 'swimwear, surfwear and the bronzed body' in Australia. The 75 essays in this volume cover both First Nation and European dress in Australia and New Zealand, and Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.
The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen
How would you achieve invisibility? If you could become invisible, what would you do? What challenges would you face? These are perennially fascinating questions, raising moral dilemmas and prompting scientific investigations as well as inspiring many myths and legends about magic rings and cloaks of invisibility. This wide-ranging cultural history of the concept of invisibility embraces Plato and HG Wells, medieval occultism and quantum theory, zebras' stripes and the optical camouflage used on military ships.
Scottish Life and Society
A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, Farming and the Land, Vol 2
Containing 43 essays in ten thematic sections, this volume from a major ethnological study of Scotland examines Scottish agriculture from medieval settlements to the present and related subjects including environment, buildings and rural industries.
Scottish Life and Society
A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology | Religion, Vol 12
This volume surveys Scotland's complex religious landscape from an ethnological perspective, discussing aspects of the history and the role of religion, from the arrival of Christianity to the religious diversity of today.
Scottish Life and Society
A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, The Individual and Community Life, Vol 9
After examining the ways in which life events - birth, death, childhood and maturity - affect individuals of differing cultural backgrounds, this volume looks at various types of community, and immigration.
How British Aristocrats Staked a Claim to the American West 1830–1890
From the 1830s onwards, a succession of British aristocrats headed for the American West, taking with them their valets, their dogs – and their prejudices. This sparkling account describes the newcomers' experiences as they crossed the country to meet Native Americans, hunt buffalo and build cattle empires. Packed with lively incident and colourful personalities, it also charts their reception by Americans often less than pleased at the return of their former colonial overlords.
The Mechanical Smile
Modernism and the First Fashion Shows in France and America 1900–1929
In a richly illustrated study of the early fashion shows in France and America between the 1880s and 1929, Caroline Evans brings ‘economic and design history together in a new formation’ as she explores topics including fashion and modernism; the innovations of designers such as Worth, Lucile and Poiret; the body and the fashion mannequins (as models were known); the international garment and fashion trade; and commercial and cultural relations between America and France.
The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe
Volume 3: The Middle Ages
This third part of a modern, scholarly survey of supernatural beliefs in Europe demonstrates how a common European concept of magic emerged in the Middle Ages; it also examines the lore of pagan Scandinavia; and discusses the response of the medieval Church.
The Poetry of a People
Over many centuries, from Caedmon to Carol Ann Duffy, Britons have recorded their joys and sorrows, their loves and losses, in verse. In this anthology, which accompanied Radio 4's celebration of National Poetry Day in 2015, Andrew Marr tells the story of the country through the words of its poets. Alongside the work of such acclaimed writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Wordsworth are many lesser-known gems, offering us a glimpse of people's lives and experiences in every era.
Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards
The extravagant whiskers of prominent Victorians such as Charles Darwin and WG Grace seemed impossibly archaic until the recent 'hipster' fashion reinvented the wearing of long beards for young men for the first time since the hippies of the 1960s. This book traces the history of fashions in facial hair from the ancients to the present day.
The Best of Jackie
What to wear to get a date with a Bay City Roller (stripy socks from Mary Quant, 75p); how to tell if you're in love; where to buy those bell-bottomed dungarees... This shamelessly nostalgic compilation of facsimile pages from Jackie magazine, 1970–76, includes Cathy and Claire agony aunt pages, quizzes, readers' letters, fashion and make-up tips, and lots of advice on the burning issue – going out with boys.
A History of Design and Circumstance
Where did the pencil come from? How is it made? Are pencils as good as we can make them? From its antecedents to ‘the quest for perfection’, Henry Petroski, a professor of civil engineering, reflects on the ‘history and symbolism of the common pencil’. Slightly off-mint.
Influence, Infection and the Image of Rome 1700–1870
With reproductions of many unfamiliar works, this book takes a novel approach to artists’ and travellers’ experience of the eternal city between 1700 and 1870: it revisits the history of Rome in terms of the city’s environment and pervasive mal’aria.
Jazz, Race, the Beats, and Drugs
Marijuana was part of the scene for the early jazzmen of New Orleans, and the arrival of heroin in Harlem in the 1940s hooked the bebop players and helped create the culture that influenced writers such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. This social history examines the connection between drug use and the evolution of jazz music and discusses its influence in shaping American culture in the 20th century. Slightly off-mint with a felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
On the Seven Deadly Sins
Drawing on his experience in politics, former MP Kenneth Baker examines how the Seven Deadly Sins have been depicted in art and literature through the ages. Using excerpts from plays, poetry and fiction, he discusses the sins, reflects on their continuing presence in today’s more secular society, and concludes that life would be banal and unchallenging without them. The extensive illustrations include works by old masters such as Botticelli and Bosch, press photographs, and cartoons by Gillray, Rowlandson, Bateman, Peter Brookes and Dave Brown.
A City in the Jazz Age
Cathy Ross describes London in the 1920s as a city ‘shot with diversity and criss-crossed with nervous energy as it stared at an uncertain future’. Her book explores the cultural currents that circulated in the city, drawing on the Museum of London’s collections to examine the influence of America and Russia, trends in art, design and fashion, and the architecture and character of the city itself, while also discussing the social and political ideas of the decade.
Living with the Gods
On Beliefs and Peoples
In this book accompanying his BBC radio series, the former director of the British Museum explores the role of shared beliefs in the life of human communities around the globe. Rather than focusing on religious doctrine, he concentrates on practices, objects and places, tracing how societies from the Ice Age onwards have used stories and rituals to mark their identity and strengthen cohesion: ‘for in deciding how we live with our gods we also decide how to live with each other’.
Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age
On both sides of the Atlantic, the 19th-century public flocked to see dwarfs, giants, bearded ladies and other ‘freaks’. Drawing on recently discovered material, this book uncovers the stories of the individuals who were exploited and then marginalized in histories of the showmen. Through the lives of stars such as the conjoined twins Chang and Eng and ‘Queen Victoria’s pet’ Tom Thumb, it explores the birth of celebrity culture and our fascination with ‘otherness’.
A Brief History of the Freemasons
In the popular imagination the Freemasons are often regarded as a sinister secret society practising arcane rituals: Jasper Ridley’s reassessment traces the origins of Freemasonry in the medieval craftsmen's guilds and its spread throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Dispelling the more lurid misconceptions, Ridley sheds new light on the organization's beliefs, activities and current role in society.
English Military News Pamphlets
David Randall presents transcriptions of 15 military news pamphlets, ranging from an account of Henry VIII’s invasion of France in 1513 to Philip Vincent’s True Relation of the Late Battel fought in New England (1637); and argues for their value as a source for the conduct of military campaigns and for various aspects of military life in Renaissance Europe.
Stranger in a Strange Land
Searching for Gerhom Scholem and Jerusalem
Gershom (born Gerhard) Scholem was one of the leading intellectuals of pre-war Germany, and a close friend of Walter Benjamin. In 1923 he emigrated to Palestine and became the world’s foremost scholar of the Kabbalah. This study traces the evolution of his ideas from his disillusionment with European materialism and his discovery of Jewish mysticism, to his unease at the politics of Israel, where he found himself ‘a stranger in a strange land’. Off-mint.
The Jewish World
100 Treasures of Art and Culture
The Magnes Collection was founded in Berkeley, California, in 1962 and dedicated, in the words of its director, Alla Efimova, to ‘salvaging the floating remnants of the post-Holocaust Jewish world’. This volume, reflecting Dr Efimova’s personal view of the museum’s global mission and the range of artefacts within the collection, includes ritual objects and manuscripts from far-flung Jewish communities, past and present, and paintings, photographs and ephemera that represent the history of Californian congregations since the gold rush era.
A Visual Atlas from Ancient Greece to Artificial Intelligence
Examples of automata copying human actions date back to the ancient world and the idea of artificial or mechanical humans has had a particularly notable influence on art and the popular imagination since the early 20th century. This celebration of robots in visual culture explores their use in film, music, art, fashion and commerce, from the paintings of Fernand Léger and movies such as The Forbidden Planet to Kraftwerk and Transformers toys.
Women's Hairstyles and Culture from 1920 to 1980
Illustrated with vintage photographs, contemporary images and sketches, this visual history explores how the coiffeurs of western women evolved as social expectations gradually relaxed. The author considers the rise of fashions such as the kiss curls favoured by the dancers of the Folies Bergère, Jacqueline Kennedy’s signature bouffant, rock-n-roll beehives and anarchic punk spikes, and closes with a section dedicated to iconic hairstylists, past and present.
Style and Perfume from Chanel to Madonna
Illustrated with vintage advertisements and photographs, this examination of olfactory trends from the 1920s to the 1980s considers the key historical events and iconic female figures of each decade in turn and goes on to analyse in detail the scents most associated with it, such as Joy in the 1930s and Opium in the 1970s.
Maud Allan and the Myth of the Femme Fatale
In 1918 the dancer Maud Allan brought a libel case against Noel Billing MP for claiming in print that she was a lesbian. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, Wendy Buonaventura explores Allan’s controversial career, and examines the way the case embodied early 20th-century attitudes to ‘dangerous’ women, whose independence, freedom from convention, and erotic allure were seen as a threat to the fabric of society, and even a cause of the First World War.