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Giving Birth in Canada, 1900-1950

Giving Birth in Canada, 1900-1950 Cynthia Comacchio Giving Birth in Canada, 1900-1950. By Wendy Mitchinson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002. 432pp.). While the history of childbirth in Canada has been discussed under the rubric of other, related issues, such as maternal and infant welfare, the eclipse of midwifery and the concomitant professionalization and specialization […]

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Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence. . – Reviews

Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence. . – Reviews – book review Helena Waddy Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence. By Peter Burke (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001. 224pp. $35.00). Peter Burke has mobilized his decades of work in social and cultural history in order to write this exhortative book exploring […]

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18th century AD

18th century AD Joyce M. Mastboom For the last two decades research on the history of the family has emphasized the complexity of the relationship between peasant households and the process of social and economic change.(1) In her recent survey of the literature, Tamara Hareven discusses the state of the field of family history and […]

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Manly gambles: the politics of risk on the Comstock lode, 1860-1880

Manly gambles: the politics of risk on the Comstock lode, 1860-1880 – Virginia City, Nevada Gunther Peck During his tour of the great silver mines of Virginia City, Nevada in 1876, journalist and geologist Eliot Lord was both impressed and horrified by the “cool” detachment of Cornish miners as they risked their lives underground in […]

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Education and Middle-Class Society in Imperial Austria: 1848-1918.

Education and Middle-Class Society in Imperial Austria: 1848-1918. – book reviews J. Robert Wegs By Gary B. Cohen (West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 1996. xxi plus 386pp. $36.95/cloth). This book will serve as an important effort to correct the image of almost total failure that has applied to the Austrian half of the Dual […]

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the violent articulation of Chinese otherness and interracial sexuality in the U.S. Midwest, 1885-1889

‘Chinese Demons’: the violent articulation of Chinese otherness and interracial sexuality in the U.S. Midwest, 1885-1889 Victor Jew By the evening of Wednesday, March 6, 1889, many residents of the neighborhoods bordering Grand Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin suspected something was afoot. By the next morning, numerous persons were convinced that something was wrong. One such […]

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Goldstrand und Teutonengrill: Kultur-und Sozialgeschichte des Tourismus in Deutschland 1945 bis 1989. – Review

Goldstrand und Teutonengrill: Kultur-und Sozialgeschichte des Tourismus in Deutschland 1945 bis 1989. – Review – book reviews Donna Harsch Edited by Hasso Spode (Berlin: Werner Moser, Verlag fuer universitaere Kommunikation, 1996, 207pp.). This edited volume includes twelve essays on the history of German tourism from the end of World War II to reunification. The collection […]

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Banditry And The Subversion Of State Authority In China: The Capital Region During The Middle Ming Period

Banditry And The Subversion Of State Authority In China: The Capital Region During The Middle Ming Period – 1450-1525 David M. Robinson By 1500 or so, the principal dynastic capital of the Ming, Beijing, [1] had a population of between 800,000 and one million [2] and oversaw a China that had largely overcome the political, […]

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New England’s Generation: The Great Migration and the Formation of Society and Culture in the Seventeenth Century.

New England’s Generation: The Great Migration and the Formation of Society and Culture in the Seventeenth Century. – book reviews Kenneth Lockridge New England’s Generation: The Great Migration and the Formation of Society and Culture in the Seventeenth Century. By Virginia DeJohn Anderson (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991. x plus 232 pp.). The little […]

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Victorian America and the Civil War.

Victorian America and the Civil War. – book reviews Timothy J. Haggerty For social historians, Anne Rose’s Victorian America and the Civil War will cause some initial discomfort but will ultimately offer a provocative view on the intellectual and cultural effects of the war. As the title suggests, Rose believes that the Nineteenth Century was […]