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.
The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion
The mid 20th century saw the emergence of a cohort of fiercely intelligent women writers in the United States. This collective biography profiles Dorothy Parker, Zora Neale Hurston, Susan Sontag and Joan Didion, among others, and assesses their influence on American cultural and intellectual life.
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.
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.
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.
LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal
Early experimentation with LSD in the 1950s and its widespread recreational use in the 1960s resulted in its outlawing and attracted all the negative associations of an illegal drug subculture. Using a series of case studies of the medical application of LSD and MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy), this exploration of the history of these psychedelic drugs presents a compelling case for their use in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illness.
The Foucault Reader
An Introduction to Foucault's Thought
This selection of transcribed interviews and extracts from major works, including Discipline and Punish, The History of Sexuality and Madness and Civilization, introduces the key Foucauldian relationship between knowledge and power, and how it works to objectify and manipulate the individual. An authoritative introduction by editor Paul Rabinow tackles Foucault’s ‘three modes of objectification’: institutional isolation, scientific classification and self-objectification.
The Age of Genius
The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind
In this survey of 17th-century Europe AC Grayling asks how 'the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity' took place during a period of tumultuous wars, civil strife and post-Reformation religious agonies. He argues that the failure of authority and the breakdown of systems of control enabled a new focus on individual rights and the rise of reason over tradition. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.
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.
The First Book of Foundations
The first volume of philosopher Michel Serres’ Foundations Trilogy comprises a ‘continuous and free reading’ of the Roman historian Livy’s account of the origins of Rome. As Serres identifies the ancient author’s key themes – violence, murder, sacrifice, hospitality – he considers what the foundation of Rome reveals about the beginnings of society, knowledge and culture. Originally published in French in 1983, the book now appears in a new English translation by Randolph Burks.
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).
Weekly World News
With the rallying cry of ‘To incredulity...and beyond!’ and headlines such as ‘Werewolf sues airline over flight delay’, ‘Angel shot down by US troops!’ and ‘Second coming POSTPONED!’, the Weekly World News has been entertaining Americans since 1979. Here, to celebrate its 35th birthday, is a selection of its sensation-packed pages.
Women Drinking Out in Britain Since the Early 20th Century
Part of the Studies in Popular Culture series edited by Jeffrey Richards, this volume examines how women’s (responsible) drinking habits have changed in response to factors ranging from war to moral panic over the last century. Tracing the shifting cultures of drinking since the late Victorian ‘boozer’, Gutzke discusses, among many topics, the business of advertising alcohol to women, changes to drinking venues, the youth subculture of drinking, and binge drinking.
Women of the World
The Rise of the Female Diplomat
It was not until 1946, after decades of campaigning, that British women were allowed to represent their nation abroad. Helen McCarthy tells the story of the struggle to enter the diplomatic world, played out against a backdrop of war, superpower rivalry and global transformation. She explores the ways in which women influenced foreign affairs before 1946; tells the stories of women who subsequently made the diplomatic grade; and asks whether their presence has changed the way diplomacy is done.
Culture, Northern Ireland, and the Second World War
Exploring the impact of the Second World War on literature and culture in Northern Ireland between 1939 and 1970, Woodward argues that the war challenged the entrenched political and social make-up of the province. The study looks at how the war is reflected in autobiographical fiction and memoir, including Benedict Kiely's Land Without Stars (1946); poetry and particularly the work of Louis MacNeice, John Hewitt and WR Rodgers; the visual arts; and political writing.
I Hope I Don't Intrude
Privacy and Its Dilemmas in Nineteenth-Century Britain
David Vincent's study takes its title from the catchphrase of the eponymous hero of Paul Pry, a hugely successful play first staged in London in 1825. The book tackles the complex subject of privacy in 19th-century Britain by examining the way in which the tropes, language and imagery of the play resonated through society and reveals contemporary concerns with secrecy, intimacy and the evolution of public and private spheres.
The Worldly Kingdom
Tourist brochures portray Thailand as an 'exotic' country with a rich cultural heritage and strong religious tradition; the reality is more complex. This revealing study charts the development of the Thai nation-state, its changing boundaries, the modification of its ethnic and linguistic make-up, class and gender relations, the role of institutions and ideologies, the emergence of a modern culture, and Thai perceptions of others – principally Burmese, Chinese and Westerners.
Beacon for Change
How the 1951 Festival of Britain Helped to Shape a New Age
The 1951 Festival of Britain brought a breath of excitement and optimism to the drab post-war years of rationing and austerity. This book explores the intentions of its creators, charts 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 offered them their first experience of soft lavatory paper.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life
Before and During the Holocaust. Three volumes.
Profiling more than 6,500 Jewish communities, with over 600 photographs, 17 pages of maps, a chronology and glossary, these volumes are the product of three decades of work at Yad Vasham, the Holocaust Remembrance Authority of Israel. The alphabetically arranged entries provide details of the history, people and customs of communities, large and small, that thrived throughout much of Europe, north Africa and the Middle East during the early part of the 20th century, but were changed irrevocably by the Holocaust.
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.
Britain's Chief Rabbis & the Religious Character of Anglo-Jewry, 1880-1970
Benjamin J Elton presents a radical reinterpretation of Britain's Chief Rabbis from Nathan Adler to Immanuel Jakobovits; and by placing them in their intellectual context, reveals their impact on the religious life of Anglo-Jewry.
Part of the Introductions to Chinese Culture series, this book covers the great variety of unique festivals that have evolved over the course of China's long history, describing a representative selection of 42 traditional and statutory events. Like all the books in the series, it is written by a noted expert in the field, well illustrated with colour photographs and offers an ideal introductory survey for both students and general readers.
Designing Modern Britain
Cheryl Buckley's history of British design culture examines how design and society have interacted from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st, and explores the connected themes of modernity and identity. Among the issues discussed are the spread of international modernism in Britain, the rise of eco-conscious design, the role of galleries and retailers, the celebrity designer and the influence of the heritage industry.
The Sacred to Santa
This cultural study explores the evolution of Christmas. From its historical origins to the folklore of Santa Claus and the fiction of Scrooge, and from traditional trees and carols to Yuletide films and novelty singles, Tara Moore discusses the holiday as a unifying but also divisive event, and probes the tension between the sacred and the secular.
Art and Architecture in Europe During the 15th and 16th Centuries
The extraordinary artistic revolution known as the Renaissance began in 15th-century Italy, from where it spread throughout the whole of Europe. Concise yet compendious, this one-volume overview recounts its compelling story against the dramatic politics of the time. Lavishly illustrated with colour reproductions, it presents the key paintings, sculptures and buildings, and the ideas behind them. It also profiles their creators such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli, and their patrons, including the powerful and sinister Medici family.
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.