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Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa
Joan Jacobs Brumberg

Vintage, 2000

Winner of four major awards, this updated edition of Joan Jacobs Brumberg's Fasting Girls , presents a history of women's food-refusal dating back as far as the sixteenth century. Here is a tableau of female self-denial: medieval martyrs who used starvation to demonstrate religious devotion, "wonders of science" whose families capitalized on their ability to survive on flower petals and air, silent screen stars whose strict "slimming" regimens ...


Fundamentalism and American Culture (New Edition)
George M. Marsden

Oxford University Press, 2006

Many American's today are taking note of the surprisingly strong political force that is the religious right. Controversial decisions by the government are met with hundreds of lobbyists, millions of dollars of advertising spending, and a powerful grassroots response. How has the fundamentalist movement managed to resist the pressures of the scientific community and the draw of modern popular culture to hold on to their ultra-conservative ...


World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today, 1870 to 1935 (Uncle Eric Book)
Richard J. Maybury

Bluestocking Pr, 2003

The explosion of the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 was the beginning of a chain reaction that continues today. Mr. Maybury presents an idea-based explanation of the First World War. He focuses on the ideas and events that led to World War I, events during the war, and how they led to World War II. Includes the ten deadly ideas that lead to war. Can be used for courses in World History, U.S. History, International Relations, ...


Journey to the Abyss
Harry Kessler

Vintage, 2013

These fascinating, never-before-published early diaries of Count Harry Kessler—patron, museum director, publisher, cultural critic, soldier, secret agent, and diplomat—present a sweeping panorama of the arts and politics of Belle Époque Europe, a glittering world poised to be changed irrevocably by the Great War. Kessler’s immersion in the new art and literature of Paris, London, and Berlin unfolds in the first part of the diaries. This ...


Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
William Cronon

W. W. Norton & Company, 1992

"Magnificent... the best work of economic and business history I've ever read."—Paul Krugman In this groundbreaking work, William Cronon gives us an environmental perspective on the history of nineteenth-century America. By exploring the ecological and economic changes that made Chicago America's most dynamic city and the Great West its hinterland, Mr. Cronon opens a new window onto our national past. This is the story of city and country ...


Ancestral Trails. The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History
Mark D. Herber

Genealogical Pub Co, 2000

It is an irony that there has been no comprehensive book on English genealogy; it is even somewhat astonishing that there is no book that guides the researcher beyond the rudiments of genealogical research, no book that enables the researcher to forge iron- clad links to original source material and published sources, nor any single work that can be called the Bible of English genealogy, on a par with Val Greenwood's Researcher's Guide to ...


Polish Roots
Rosemary A. Chorzempa

Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000

This book has been replaced by Polish Roots 2nd Edition ISBN 9780806320045


The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

Oxford University Press, 2005

Uniquely authoritative and wide-ranging in its scope, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church is the indispensable one-volume reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. It contains over 6,000 cross-referenced A-Z entries, and offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of this vast and often complex subject, including theology, churches and denominations, patristic scholarship, the bible, the church calendar and its ...


The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy (Third Edition)

Ancestry Publishing, 2006

Genealogists and other historical researchers have valued the first two editions of this work, often referred to as the genealogist's bible."" The new edition continues that tradition. Intended as a handbook and a guide to selecting, locating, and using appropriate primary and secondary resources, The Source also functions as an instructional tool for novice genealogists and a refresher course for experienced researchers. More than 30 experts in ...


Charles Darwin: A Biography, Vol. 2 - The Power of Place
Janet Browne

Princeton University Press, 2003

In 1858, Charles Darwin was forty-nine years old, a gentleman scientist living quietly at Down House in the Kent countryside. He was not yet a focus of debate; his "big book on species" still lay on his desk as a manuscript. For more than twenty years he had been accumulating material for it, puzzling over the questions that it raised, trying to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion, and wanting to be certain that his startling theory of ...


Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War
Robert A. Doughty

Belknap Press, 2005

As the driving force behind the Allied effort in World War I, France willingly shouldered the heaviest burden. In this masterful book, Robert Doughty explains how and why France assumed this role and offers new insights into French strategy and operational methods. French leaders, favoring a multi-front strategy, believed the Allies could maintain pressure on several fronts around the periphery of the German, Austrian, and Ottoman empires and ...


Behind the Lines: WWI's little-known story of German occupation, Belgian resistance, and the band of Yanks ...
Jeffrey B. Miller

Milbrown Press, 2014

During World War I, the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) initiated, organized, and supervised the largest food and relief drive the world has ever seen. Working in concert with its counterpart in Belgium, the Comite National, the CRB fed and clothed for four years more than 9 million Belgians and northern French trapped behind German lines. Young, idealistic Americans volunteered to go into German-occupied Belgium to guarantee the food ...


The Speculation Economy: How Finance Triumphed Over Industry
Lawrence E Mitchell

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008

American businesses today are obsessed with the price of their stock, and no wonder. The consequences of even a modest decrease can be so dire that some executives would rather damage their corporation's long-term health than allow quarterly returns to fall below projections. But how did this situation come about? When did the stock market become the driver of the American economy? Lawrence E. Mitchell identifies the moment in American history ...


The Oxford Companion to British History

Oxford University Press, 1997

Few countries can boast a history as endlessly intricate and fascinatingly complex as Britain. From the Glorious Revolution to the invention of golf, British history is a rich tapestry of enigmatic personalities, contentious politics, indelible legacies, and stunning achievements. For centuries, Britain has been a world leader and innovator, yet its distinct culture, with its fondness for royalty, lukewarm ale and left-hand side driving, ...


The Making of the West: A Concise History, Volume II: Peoples and Cultures (Making of the West, Peoples and ...
Lynn Hunt, Thomas R. Martin, ...

Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010

The Making of the West is a story of interactions — cross-cultural exchanges that span the globe, as well as the ongoing interactions between societies, cultures, governments, economies, religions, and ideas. To highlight these interactions and help students grasp the vital connections between political, social, and cultural events, The Making of the West: A Concise History presents a comprehensive picture of each historical era within a ...


One Thousand Buildings of Paris
Kathy Borrus

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2003

Perhaps the most picturesque of all international cities, Paris is the quintessential walker's paradise, with architectural delights down every winding street. It is the city of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, of the Louvre and Monmartre. But, within its 20 concentric arrondissements are many surprises too, from glass office towers to jewel-box mansions to massive public buildings. The monuments, private houses, museums, hotels, and ...


The Encyclopedia of Louisville

The University Press of Kentucky, 2000

" With more than 1,800 entries, The Encyclopedia of Louisville is the ultimate reference for Kentucky's largest city. For more than 125 years, the world's attention has turned to Louisville for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. Louisville Slugger bats still reign supreme in major league baseball. The city was also the birthplace of the famed Hot Brown and Benedictine spread, and the cheeseburger made its ...


Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture)
Witold Rybczynski, Laurie Olin

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006

The Miami estate of Vizcaya, like its palatial contemporaries Biltmore and San Simeon, represents an achievement of the Gilded Age, when country houses and their gardens were a conspicuous measure of personal wealth and power. In Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers , a celebrated architecture critic and writer and an award-winning landscape architect explore the little-known story of Vizcaya, an extraordinary national treasure. Witold ...


Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era
Priscilla Pope-Levison

NYU Press, 2013

During the Progessive Era, a period of unprecedented ingenuity, women evangelists built the old time religion with brick and mortar, uniforms and automobiles, fresh converts and devoted protégés. Across America, entrepreneurial women founded churches, denominations, religious training schools, rescue homes, rescue missions, and evangelistic organizations. Until now, these intrepid women have gone largely unnoticed, though their collective yet ...


Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit ...
Creighton Lee Calhoun Jr.

Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011

A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928. Author Lee Calhoun is one of the ...



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