Debutantes and the London Season

Author: Lucinda Gosling

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0747813337

Category: History

Page: 64

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Until the middle of the last century, London's social calendar was dominated by 'the Season', a round of social events and parties during which the daughters of the upper classes made their 'debuts'. Debutantes and their families descended on the capital from all over Britain to take part in this elaborate process that in its blend of glamour, great privilege and archaic and sometimes comic ritual is emblematic of a world now lost. From the preparations and formalities of court presentation to the exhausting round of parties that followed, Debutantes and the London Season is a detailed look at a phenomenon that was central to the lives of generations of privileged young ladies.

Museums and the First World War

A Social History

Author: Gaynor Kavanagh

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780718517137

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 200

View: 5648

This volume is concerned with how, during four demanding, dislocating and world-changing years, the museum, that most Victorian of institutions, was forced to meet the extraordinary test of war on the home front. Museums were no more immune from the pressures of war than any other institution. Their history reflects the broader history of the home front and the efforts made to do the right thing at the right time. The changes they experienced, some long term, others transitory, do much to explain the nature and character of museums in Britain today. The author covers the progress of museums from just before the advent of war to the immediate post-war period, and considers this in relation to changing social attitudes and economic conditions.

Schwarze Sonne

Depression und Melancholie

Author: Julia Kristeva

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783860997369


Page: 264

View: 5554

Julia Kristeva hat eine bahnbrechende Studie zu Depression und Melancholie vorgelegt. Bereits die Nervalsche Metapher der ”schwarzen Sonne“ verweist auf das Düster-Gleißende ihres Gegenstandes. Kristeva gelingt es, den in der Gegenwart immer stärker aufs Pathologische abzielenden und damit verengenden Diskurs zu jenem ”depressiv-melancholischen Komplex“ aufzubrechen. Sie zeigt, dass in Depression und Melancholie die Quelle von Leiden liegt, aber auch und davon nicht zu trennen: von Kreativität. In den frühen Theorien von Freud und Abraham kaschiert die Depression eine Aggressivität gegen das verlorene Objekt und offenbart darin eine Ambivalenz des Depressiven gegenüber dem Objekt seiner Trauer. Darüber hinaus verweisen neuere Theorien zum Narzissmus - wie die von Edith Jacobson und Béla Grunberger - auf Depression als archaischen Ausdruck einer nicht symbolisierbaren, unbenennbaren narzisstischen Wunde. Daran und an Melanie Klein wie Jacques Lacan anknüpfend, kommt Julia Kristeva zu dem Befund: dass der Depressive nicht um ein Objekt trauert, sondern um ein sich der Sinngebung entziehendes ”Reales“. In eindringlichen klinischen Beispielen sowie in vier kunst- und literaturtheoretischen Arbeiten zu Holbein d. J., Nerval, Dostojewski und Marguerite Duras veranschaulicht Julia Kristeva ihren Ansatz, dass die Depression nicht nur eine zu behandelnde Pathologie ist, sondern auch ein Diskurs in einer Sprache, die es zu erlernen gilt.

Slaves Waiting for Sale

Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade

Author: Maurie D. McInnis

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226559327

Category: History

Page: 280

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In 1853, Eyre Crowe, a young British artist, visited a slave auction in Richmond, Virginia. Harrowed by what he witnessed, he captured the scene in sketches that he would later develop into a series of illustrations and paintings, including the culminating painting, Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia. This innovative book uses Crowe’s paintings to explore the texture of the slave trade in Richmond, Charleston, and New Orleans, the evolving iconography of abolitionist art, and the role of visual culture in the transatlantic world of abolitionism. Tracing Crowe’s trajectory from Richmond across the American South and back to London—where his paintings were exhibited just a few weeks after the start of the Civil War—Maurie D. McInnis illuminates not only how his abolitionist art was inspired and made, but also how it influenced the international public’s grasp of slavery in America. With almost 140 illustrations, Slaves Waiting for Sale brings a fresh perspective to the American slave trade and abolitionism as we enter the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

The Ball is Round

A Global History of Football

Author: David Goldblatt

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141911549

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 992

View: 4196

The definitive book about football. There may be no cultural practice more global than soccer. Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of football are universal. No world religion can match its geographical scope. The single greatest simultaneous human collective experience is the World Cup final. In this extraordinary tour de force, David Goldblatt tells the full story of football's rise from chaotic folk ritual to the world's most popular sport-now poised to fully establish itself in the USA. Already celebrated internationally, The Ball Is Round illuminates football's role in the political and social histories of modern societies, but never loses sight of the beauty, joy, and excitement of the game itself.

Writing Tangier in the Postcolonial Transition

Space and Power in Expatriate and North African Literature

Author: Professor Michael K Walonen

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409479005

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

View: 2300

In his study of the Tangier expatriate community, Michael K. Walonen analyzes the representations of French and Spanish Colonial North Africa by Paul Bowles, Jane Bowles, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Alfred Chester during the end of the colonial era and the earliest days of post-independence. The conceptualizations of space in these authors' descriptions of Tangier, Walonen shows, share common components: an attention to the transformative potential of the conflict sweeping the region; a record of the power relations that divided space along lines of gender and ethnicity, including the spatial impact of the widespread sexual commerce between Westerners and natives; a vision of the Maghreb as a land that can be dominated or imposed on as a kind of frontier space; an expression of anxieties about the specters of Cold War antagonisms; and an embrace of the underlying logic of the market to the culture of the Maghreb. Counterbalancing the depictions of Tangier by Westerners who sought to reconcile their nostalgia for the colonial order with their support of native demands for independent governance is Walonen's extended analysis of the contrasting sense of place found in the writings of native Moroccan authors such as Mohammed Choukri, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and Anouar Majid. In its focus on Tangier and the larger Maghreb as a lived environment situated at a particular spatial and temporal crossroads, Walonen's study makes an important contribution to the fields of urban, transatlantic, and postcolonial studies.

The London Cage

The Secret History of Britain's World War II Interrogation Centre

Author: Helen Fry

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300221932

Category: History

Page: 256

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The first complete account of the fiercely guarded secrets of London's clandestine interrogation center, operated by the British Secret Service from 1940 to 1948 Behind the locked doors of three mansions in London's exclusive Kensington Palace Gardens neighborhood, the British Secret Service established a highly secret prison in 1940: the London Cage. Here recalcitrant German prisoners of war were subjected to "special intelligence treatment." The stakes were high: the war's outcome could hinge on obtaining information German prisoners were determined to withhold. After the war, high-ranking Nazi war criminals were housed in the Cage, revamped as an important center for investigating German war crimes. This riveting book reveals the full details of operations at the London Cage and subsequent efforts to hide them. Helen Fry's extraordinary original research uncovers the grim picture of prisoners' daily lives and of systemic Soviet-style mistreatment. The author also provides sensational evidence to counter official denials concerning the use of "truth drugs" and "enhanced interrogation" techniques. Bringing dark secrets to light, this groundbreaking book at last provides an objective and complete history of the London Cage.

The First World War

An Agrarian Interpretation

Author: Avner Offer

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: History

Page: 449

View: 1816

In this book Offer presents a new interpretation of World War I, weaving together the economic and social history of the English-speaking world, the Pacific basin, and Germany, with the development of food production and consumption. In the special field of United States history, Offer shows the effect of American agricultural power on world politics, both before and after Word War I. He describes how the social institutions of American agriculture undermined farming in Britain, and forced the British Empire to rely increasingly on overseas imports of food. Detailing the role of agrarian production and comsumption in British and German defense, Offer examines the moral and legal implications of setting up whole societies as strategic targets.

On the Roof of the World

Author: Richard Nelsson

Publisher: Guardian Books

ISBN: 0852653573

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 7503

Throughout its history the Guardian has had unparalleled access to mountaineers and climbers, and its coverage of the sport is second to none. From Edward Whymper's conquest of the Matterhorn in 1865 through to the first ever ascent of Everest in 1953, and on to the extreme climbing (and associated apparatus) that dominates the modern-day incarnation of the sport, the paper has chronicled every development with insight and intelligence. This beguiling collection draws together a selection of Guardian writing that is both informative and celebratory, tracking the sport's history and uncovering how public perception has changed over time. - Postings on how cigarettes 'aided breathing' on some of the earliest Everest expeditions - Victorian advice to 'lady climbers': 'Small rings should be sewn inside the seams of the skirt ... [so] that the whole dress may be drawn up at a moment's notice to the requisite height' - Articles on scrambling, fell-running, rock-climbing and rambling. Whether you're a serious mountaineer or a weekend rambler, On the Roof of the World is packed full of insights and stories that make it the perfect bedside companion.

Colonisation and Conflict 1750-1990

Author: Martin Collier,Bill Marriott

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435323042

Category: Great Britain

Page: 256

View: 8666

Aiming to provide challenge and stimulus for more able pupils, the "Headstart in History" books have high narrative content; extended writing opportunities and suggestions for further research; and links to websites, videos and historical fiction.

Victorian Literature

An Anthology

Author: Victor Shea,William Whitla

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118329023

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1008

View: 6845

Victorian Literature is a comprehensive and fully annotated anthology with a flexible design that allows teachers and students to pursue traditional or innovative lines of inquiry – from the canon to its extensions and its contexts. Represents the period’s major writers of prose, poetry, drama, and more, including Tennyson, Arnold, the Brownings, Carlyle, Ruskin, the Rossettis, Wilde, Eliot, and the Brontës Promotes an ideologically and culturally varied view of Victorian society with the inclusion of women, working-class, colonial, and gay and lesbian writers Incorporates recent scholarship with 5 contextual sections and innovative sub-sections on topics like environmentalism and animal rights; mass literacy and mass media; sex and sexuality; melodrama and comedy; the Irish question; ruling India and the Indian Mutiny and innovations in print culture Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the field with a focus on social, cultural, artistic, and historical factors Includes a fully annotated companion website for teachers and students offering expanded context sections, additional readings from key writers, appendices, and an extensive bibliography

The First World War in the Middle East

Author: Kristian Ulrichsen,Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Publisher: Hurst & Company Limited

ISBN: 1849042748

Category: History

Page: 263

View: 8803

The First World War in the Middle East is an accessibly written military and social history of the clash of world empires in the Dardanelles, Egypt and Palestine, Mesopotamia, Persia and the Caucasus. Coates Ulrichsen demonstrates how wartime exigencies shaped the parameters of the modern Middle East, and describes and assesses the major campaigns against the Ottoman Empire and Germany involving British and imperial troops from the French and Russian Empires, as well as their Arab and Armenian allies. Also documented are the enormous logistical demands placed on host societies by the Great Powers' conduct of industrialised warfare in hostile terrain. The resulting deepening of imperial penetration, and the extension of state controls across a heterogeneous sprawl of territories, generated a powerful backlash both during and immediately after the war, which played a pivotal role in shaping national identities as the Ottoman Empire was dismembered. This is a multidimensional account of the many seemingly discrete yet interlinked campaigns that resulted in one to one and a half million casualties. It details not just their military outcome but relates them to intelligence-gathering, industrial organisation, authoritarianism and the political economy of empires at war.

The European Powers in the First World War

An Encyclopedia

Author: Spencer Tucker,Laura Matysek Wood,Justin D. Murphy

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815333517

Category: History

Page: 783

View: 9787

First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Mechanics of Internationalism

Culture, Society, and Politics from the 1840s to the First World War

Author: Martin H. Geyer,Johannes Paulmann,German Historical Institute in London

Publisher: OUP/German Historical Institute London

ISBN: 9780199202386

Category: History

Page: 471

View: 7483

This collection of essays traces the origins of modern internationalism and the emergence of global society in the nineteenth century. It offers a fresh approach to the study of international history by looking at the structural prerequisites of the thriving internationalism before the First World War.

Royal Coronations

Author: Lucinda Gosling

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0747813779

Category: History

Page: 64

View: 2819

The monarchy has made many concessions to the modern age, but the affirming rituals of the coronation – the pageantry, the theatre and the symbolism – are centuries old. Looking at the British coronation from its beginnings, Lucinda Gosling takes the reader on a thematic journey through the history and meaning of these elaborate ceremonies. She reveals the finely tuned planning involved, explains the symbolism of the regalia, and reminds us that past coronations did not always go according to plan. She also looks at the increasing public involvement in the coronations of the twentieth century, from street parties to the advent of television, showing how the event evolved into the glorious global celebration of 1953 and became an internationally recognised expression of Britain's heritage and national identity.

Bodies, Sex and Desire from the Renaissance to the Present

Author: Kate Fisher,Sarah Toulalan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230354122

Category: History

Page: 275

View: 6261

An examination of how bodies and sexualities have been constructed, categorised, represented, diagnosed, experienced and subverted from the fifteenth to the early twenty-first century. It draws attention to continuities in thinking about bodies and sex: concept may have changed, but hey nevertheless draw on older ideas and language.