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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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Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds

Canadian Women and the Search for Global Order

edited by Jill Campbell-Miller; Greg Donaghy & Stacey Barker
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
tagged: women, diplomacy, post-confederation (1867-), social history, women's studies

Where are the women in Canada’s international history? Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds gathers scholars to explore the role of women in twentieth-century Canadian international affairs. They examine the lives and careers of professionals employed abroad as doctors, nurses, or economic development advisors; those fighting for change as anti-war, …

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Pleasure and Panic

New Essays on the History of Alcohol and Drugs

edited by Dan Malleck & Cheryl Krasnick Warsh
edition: Hardcover
tagged: social history

Booze, dope, smokes, and weed. Mind-altering, mood-changing substances have been part of human society for millennia. Pleasure and Panic reveals how attitudes toward drug and alcohol consumption have always been deeply embedded in cultural fears and social, political, and economic disparities. Contributors to this collection explore how drugs and a …

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Toronto’s Poor

A Rebellious History

by Bryan D. Palmer & Gaétan Héroux, foreword by Frances Fox Piven
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: poverty & homelessness, urban, social history

Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how people without housing, people living in poverty, and unemployed people have struggled to survive and secure food and shelter in the wake of the many panics, downturns, recessions, and depressions that punctuate the years from the 1830s t …

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Just a Larger Family

Letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian Home Front,1940–1944

edited by Mary F. Williamson & Tom Sharp, read by Meaghan Smith
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback Hardcover eBook
tagged: historical, social history, personal memoirs

Letters from Canada to the mother of child war guests from Britain are "an extraordinary slice of wartime Canadian life." — J.L. Granatstein

The Second World War had been under way for a year when Marie and John Williamson welcomed two English brothers to join them and their two children in their small house in north Toronto for the duration of th …

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Heroin

An Illustrated History

by Susan C.  Boyd, designed by David Lester
edition: eBook
tagged: social history, drugs & the law
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