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Revolutionary Aftereffects

Material, Social, and Cultural Legacies of 1917 in Russia Today

edited by Megan Swift
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged: russia & the former soviet union, russian & former soviet union, eastern

Thirty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the 1917 Revolution still looms large: not only because Russians remain divided over whether the revolution arrived forcibly or inevitably and whether it was a colossally tragic or colossally generative event, but also because its social, cultural, scientific, and even moral residues remain everywher …

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The Workers' Movement and the National Question in Ukraine

1897-1918

by Marko Bojcun
edition: Paperback
tagged: russia & the former soviet union

In this important book, influential historian Mark Bojcun explores the social democratic workers' movement in the Ukrainian provinces of the Russian Empire and its impact on the course of the 1917 Revolution. By focusing on the sections of the labour movement built by the Ukrainian, Jewish and Russian parties, Bojcun sheds new light on the way they …

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Patterns of Plague

Changing Ideas about Plague in England and France, 1348-1750

by Lori Jones
edition: Paperback
tagged: history, social history

For centuries, recurrent plague outbreaks took a grim toll on populations across Europe and Asia. While medical interventions and treatments did not change significantly from the fourteenth century to the eighteenth century, understandings of where and how plague originated did.

Through an innovative reading of medical advice literature produced in …

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Florence Nightingale and the Medical Men

Working Together for Health Care Reform

by Lynn McDonald
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: women, great britain

Florence Nightingale is known as a hospital reformer, a social reformer, and the founder of professional nursing; few realize that she worked closely with doctors on these issues. As Nightingale’s first supporters and colleagues, doctors contributed to reducing the high death rates in Crimean War hospitals and learned from the consequential refor …

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The Republic of Venice

De magistratibus et republica Venetorum

by Gasparo Contarini, edited by Filippo Sabetti, translated by Amanda Murphy & Giuseppe Pezzini
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
tagged: renaissance, history & theory, italy

At a time when social scientists are increasingly focusing on the reasons why nations fail and democracies die, Filippo Sabetti turns to the opposite issue, asking instead why institutions endure. To do so, he presents Gasparo Contarini’s sixteenth-century description of the Republic of Venice to help modern readers understand what made Venice th …

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Apostles of Inequality

Rural Poverty, Political Economy, and the Economist, 1760-1860

by Jim Handy
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged: great britain, social classes, economic history

Between 1760 and 1860, the English countryside was subject to constant attempts at agricultural improvement. Most often these meant depriving cottagers and rural workers of access to land they could cultivate, despite evidence that they were the most productive farmers in a country constantly short of food.

 

Drawing from a wide range of contemporary …

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An Irish Heart

How A Small Immigrant Community Shaped Canada

by Sharon Doyle Driedger
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
tagged: emigration & immigration, ireland

During the Great Famine of the 1840s, thousands of impoverished Irish immigrants, escaping from the potato crop failure, fled to Canada on what came to be known as “fever ships.” As the desperate arrivals landed at Quebec City or nearby Grosse Isle, families were often torn apart. Parents died of typhus and children were put up for adoption, wh …

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