The Refinement Of America

Author : Richard Lyman Bushman
ISBN : 9780307761606
Genre : History
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This lively and authoritative volume makes clear that the quest for taste and manners in America has been essential to the serious pursuit of a democratic culture. Spanning the material world from mansions and silverware to etiquette books, city planning, and sentimental novels, Richard L. Bushman shows how a set of values originating in aristocratic court culture gradually permeated almost every stratum of American society and served to prevent the hardening of class consciousness. A work of immense and richly nuanced learning, The Refinement of America newly illuminates every facet of both our artifacts and our values. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: History

First City

Author : Gary B. Nash
ISBN : 0812236300
Genre : History
File Size : 77.23 MB
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With its rich foundation stories, Philadelphia may be the most important city in America's collective memory. By the middle of the eighteenth century William Penn's "greene countrie town" was, after London, the largest city in the British Empire. The two most important documents in the history of the United States, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, were drafted and signed in Philadelphia. The city served off and on as the official capital of the young country until 1800, and was also the site of the first American university, hospital, medical college, bank, paper mill, zoo, sugar refinery, public school, and government mint. In First City, acclaimed historian Gary B. Nash examines the complex process of memory making in this most historic of American cities. Though history is necessarily written from the evidence we have of the past, as Nash shows, rarely is that evidence preserved without intent, nor is it equally representative. Full of surprising anecdotes, First City reveals how Philadelphians--from members of elite cultural institutions, such as historical societies and museums, to relatively anonymous groups, such as women, racial and religious minorities, and laboring people--have participated in the very partisan activity of transmitting historical memory from one generation to the next.
Category: History

Joseph Smith

Author : Richard Lyman Bushman
ISBN : 0307426483
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an esteemed cultural historian and a practicing Mormon, moves beyond the popular stereotype of Smith as a colorful fraud to explore his personality, his relationships with others, and how he received revelations. An arresting narrative of the birth of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling also brilliantly evaluates the prophet’s bold contributions to Christian theology and his cultural place in the modern world. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Abigail And John Adams

Author : G. J. Barker-Benfield
ISBN : 9780226037448
Genre : History
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During the many years that they were separated by the perils of the American Revolution, John and Abigail Adams exchanged hundreds of letters. Writing to each other of public events and private feelings, loyalty and love, revolution and parenting, they wove a tapestry of correspondence that has become a cherished part of American history and literature. With Abigail and John Adams, historian G. J. Barker-Benfield mines those familiar letters to a new purpose: teasing out the ways in which they reflected—and helped transform—a language of sensibility, inherited from Britain but, amid the revolutionary fervor, becoming Americanized. Sensibility—a heightened moral consciousness of feeling, rooted in the theories of such thinkers as Descartes, Locke, and Adam Smith and including a “moral sense” akin to the physical senses—threads throughout these letters. As Barker-Benfield makes clear, sensibility was the fertile, humanizing ground on which the Adamses not only founded their marriage, but also the “abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity” they and their contemporaries hoped to plant at the heart of the new nation. Bringing together their correspondence with a wealth of fascinating detail about life and thought, courtship and sex, gender and parenting, and class and politics in the revolutionary generation and beyond, Abigail and John Adams draws a lively, convincing portrait of a marriage endangered by separation, yet surviving by the same ideas and idealism that drove the revolution itself. A feast of ideas that never neglects the real lives of the man and woman at its center, Abigail and John Adams takes readers into the heart of an unforgettable union in order to illuminate the first days of our nation—and explore our earliest understandings of what it might mean to be an American.
Category: History

Transatlantische Ambivalenzen

Author : Paul Nolte
ISBN : 9783110359794
Genre : History
File Size : 40.56 MB
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Close transatlantic relations are no longer taken for granted. Paul Nolte examines the causes of this change and, along the way, analyzes the basic structures of Western modernity from the early modern era until today: revolutionary movements, the creation of the market society, and the origins of republicanism and democracy. His analysis adds historical depth to our snapshot images of German-American relations.
Category: History

City Life

Author : Witold Rybczynski
ISBN : 9780684825298
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 23.70 MB
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Tracing the development of American cities and city life from early colonial settlements to the familiar downtowns of today, a sweeping cultural history reveals how our urban spaces have been shaped by the land and the American lifestyle. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. NYT.
Category: Architecture

Stadt Landschaft Hybridit T

Author : Olaf Kühne
ISBN : 9783531186627
Genre : Social Science
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In dem Buch werden die Einflussfaktoren untersucht, die die Entwicklung des Großraums Los Angeles wesentlich bestimmt haben. Dabei werden lokale Eigenlogiken ebenso betrachtet wie lokale Ausprägungen globaler Einflüsse. Basierend auf einer sozialkonstruktivistischen Landschaftstheorie wird danach gefragt, wie sich ästhetische Vorstellungen und von Angst geleitetes Handeln in den physischen Raum einschreiben. Die sozialkonstruktivistische Perspektive stellt insbesondere die sozialen Konstruktionsmechanismen in das Zentrum der Betrachtung.
Category: Social Science


Author : Habbo Knoch
ISBN : 9783835340091
Genre : History
File Size : 45.72 MB
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Das Grandhotel der Jahrhundertwende war Erlebnisort, Traumhaus und Medienereignis. Seine Geschichte bietet ein facettenreiches Gesellschaftsbild dieser Epoche. Ob als »Wunderding" oder »Existenzform der Heimatlosigkeit": Grandhotels standen vom Beginn der Hochmoderne um 1880 bis über den Ersten Weltkrieg hinaus im Zentrum des gesellschaftlichen Lebens der europäischen und amerikanischen Eliten. Hier trafen sich Mächtige und Aufsteiger, Kaufleute und Reisende, Literaten und Hochstapler. Schrittmacher der kosmopolitischen Hotelkultur waren New York, London und später auch Berlin. Eine wachsende Oberschicht suchte luxuriösen Prunk und verschwenderischen Konsum, geheimnisvolle Diskretion und öffentliche Aufmerksamkeit. Modernste Technik, rationelle Organisation und globaler Austausch machten das moderne Hotel als »Welt in der Stadt" erst möglich. Mit dem Luxusleben der Grandhotels zeichnet Habbo Knoch ein breites Panorama der weltstädtischen Geselligkeit um 1900 zwischen Fortschrittsglaube und Kulturkritik. Anschaulich vermittelt der Autor, wie sich im Grandhotel als Sinnbild der Moderne traditionelle Ordnungen des Sozialen durch Gesellschaften auf Zeit auflösten.
Category: History

Believing History

Author : Richard Lyman Bushman
ISBN : 9780231529563
Genre : Religion
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The eminent historian Richard Bushman here reflects on his faith and the history of his religion. By describing his own struggle to find a basis for belief in a skeptical world, Bushman poses the question of how scholars are to write about subjects in which they are personally invested. Does personal commitment make objectivity impossible? Bushman explicitly, and at points confessionally, explains his own commitments and then explores Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon from the standpoint of belief. Joseph Smith cannot be dismissed as a colorful fraud, Bushman argues, nor seen only as a restorer of religious truth. Entangled in nineteenth-century Yankee culture—including the skeptical Enlightenment—Smith was nevertheless an original who cut his own path. And while there are multiple contexts from which to draw an understanding of Joseph Smith (including magic, seekers, the Second Great Awakening, communitarianism, restorationism, and more), Bushman suggests that Smith stood at the cusp of modernity and presented the possibility of belief in a time of growing skepticism. When examined carefully, the Book of Mormon is found to have intricate subplots and peculiar cultural twists. Bushman discusses the book’s ambivalence toward republican government, explores the culture of the Lamanites (the enemies of the favored people), and traces the book’s fascination with records, translation, and history. Yet Believing History also sheds light on the meaning of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon today. How do we situate Mormonism in American history? Is Mormonism relevant in the modern world? Believing History offers many surprises. Believers will learn that Joseph Smith is more than an icon, and non-believers will find that Mormonism cannot be summed up with a simple label. But wherever readers stand on Bushman’s arguments, he provides us with a provocative and open look at a believing historian studying his own faith.
Category: Religion

Investing In The Early Modern Built Environment

Author : Carole Shammas
ISBN : 9789004231160
Genre : History
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Investing in the Early Modern Built Environment represents the first attempt to delve into the period’s enhanced architectural investment—its successes, its failures, and the conflicts it provoked globally.
Category: History