Category: History

  • Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show

    By Rachel Shteir

    The attention-grabbing, untold tale of the historical past of undressing: over fifty years of taking it off. Striptease mixed sexual demonstrate and parody, cool eros and wisecracking Bacchanalian humor. Striptease will be savage, patriotic, irreverent, vulgar, refined, sentimental, and subversive--sometimes, by surprise. during this important cultural background, Rachel Shteir strains the ribald paintings from its 19th century vaudeville roots, via its lengthy and arguable occupation, to its decline through the liberated Nineteen Sixties. The publication argues that striptease is an American type of well known entertainment--maybe the main American kind of renowned entertainment.
    in response to exhaustive examine and choked with infrequent photos and interval illustrations, Striptease recreates the flamable mix of license, independence, and sexual interest that allowed strippers to thrive for almost a century. Shteir brings to existence striptease's Golden Age, the years among the Jazz Age and the Sexual Revolution, whilst strippers played round the kingdom, in burlesque theatres, nightclubs, vaudeville homes, carnivals, gala's, or even in excellent palaces at the nice White means. Taking us backstage, Rachel Shteir introduces us to a various solid of characters that collided at the burlesque level, from tight-laced political reformers and flamboyant impresarios, to tug queens, shimmy women, cootch dancers, tit serenaders, or even women round the corner, lured into the career via big-city aspirations. during the ebook, readers will locate crucial profiles of famed performers, together with Gypsy Rose Lee, "the Literary Stripper"; Lili St. Cyr, the Fifties mistress of unique striptease; and Blaze Starr, the "human warmth wave," who actually set the level on hearth.
    Striptease is an insightful and pleasing portrait of an paintings shape without delay reviled and embraced via the yankee public. mixing cautious learn and shiny narration, Rachel Shteir captures striptease's mix of sham and seduction whereas illuminating its unusually power carry at the American mind's eye.
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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    By Jack Weatherford

    The Mongol military led by means of Genghis Khan subjugated extra lands and folks in twenty-five years than the Romans did in 400. In approximately each kingdom the Mongols conquered, they introduced an unheard of upward push in cultural verbal exchange, elevated alternate, and a blossoming of civilization. greatly extra innovative than his eu or Asian opposite numbers, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted common non secular freedom, and smashed feudal structures of aristocratic privilege. From the tale of his upward thrust throughout the tribal tradition to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this wonderful paintings of revisionist heritage is not anything lower than the epic tale of ways the fashionable international was once made.
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  • Wharton (Images of America)

    By Paul N. Spellman

    On a bend within the Colorado River the place it meanders in the course of the Bay Prairie lies town of Wharton. Caney and Peach Creeks spill into the river close by and mark the limits of this small neighborhood. Stephen F. Austin first introduced settlers the following within the early 1820s, and the city of Wharton used to be prepared in 1846. Named in reminiscence of 2 brothers who fought within the Texas Revolution, town sits astride alternate routes that attach greater towns like Houston and San Antonio. Steamboats made their method up the Colorado River, and the railroad bustled via within the Eighteen Eighties. the city started to develop quick by means of 1900, and now, a century later, Wharton honors a various cultural background handed down for 6 generations. this day Wharton has greater than 9,000 citizens who make up a various and thriving neighborhood, and who nonetheless savour their exact position alongside the powerful Colorado River.
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  • Ancient Scandinavia: An Archaeological History from the First Humans to the Vikings

    By T. Douglas Price

    Scandinavia, a land mass comprising the trendy international locations of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, was once the final a part of Europe to be inhabited by means of people. now not till the top of the final Ice Age whilst the melting of massive ice sheets left in the back of a clean, barren land floor, approximately 13,000 BC, did the 1st people arrive and settle within the area. The archaeological list of those prehistoric cultures, a lot of it remarkably preserved in Scandinavia's toilets, lakes, and fjords, has given us an in depth portrait of the evolution of human society on the fringe of the inhabitable international.

    In this e-book, distinctive archaeologist T. Douglas fee presents a historical past of Scandinavia from the arriving of the 1st people to the top of the Viking interval, ca. advert 1050. the 1st publication of its variety in English in lots of years, historical Scandinavia positive aspects overviews of every prehistoric epoch via illustrative examples from the region's wealthy archaeology. An engrossing and complete photograph of swap around the millennia emerges, exhibiting how human society advanced from small bands of hunter-gatherers to giant farming groups to the advanced warrior cultures of the Bronze and Iron a while, cultures which culminated within the brilliant upward push of the Vikings on the finish of the prehistoric interval. the cloth facts of those previous societies--arrowheads from reindeer hunts, megalithic tombs, rock artwork, superbly wrought weaponry, Viking warships--give vibrant testimony to the traditional peoples of Scandinavia and to their vast contacts with the distant cultures of the Arctic Circle, Western Europe, and the Mediterranean
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  • Who Was Beatrix Potter?

    Born into wealth in 1860’s London, Beatrix Potter continually had a shiny mind's eye. Her early pursuits integrated usual background and archaeology, and Potter overjoyed in sketching fossils and fungi. After in short illustrating Christmas playing cards together with her brother, Bertram, Potter wrote and illustrated her famous book, The story of Peter Rabbit. The ebook used to be rejected by way of a number of publishes till Frederick Warne finally took a chance and released the tale in 1902 - a threat that paid off. Peter Rabbit was an important luck and readers enjoyed listening to approximately Peter's mischevious adventures within the lush English geographical region. As she bought older, Beatrix Potter grew to become a proud conservationist, operating demanding to guard the panorama she enjoyed so good opposed to industrialization and logging. Now over 100 years old, Peter Rabbit and his animal neighbors became cultural touchstones and proceed to thrill readers of every age.
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  • 1984 New Orleans World's Fair

    By Bill Cotter

    In 1984, town of latest Orleans hosted the final world's reasonable held within the usa. Conceived as a part of an formidable attempt to revitalize a dilapidated component of the town and determine New Orleans as a year-round vacationer vacation spot, it took greater than 12 years of political intrigue and layout adjustments prior to the gates ultimately opened. Stretching eighty four acres alongside the Mississippi River, the reasonable entertained greater than seven million site visitors with a colourful selection of pavilions, rides, and eating places in the course of its six-month run. whereas so much world's festivals lose funds, the 1984 New Orleans World's reasonable had the doubtful contrast of going bankrupt and nearly remaining early. in spite of the fact that, the $350-million funding did reach bringing new lifestyles to the world, that's now domestic to the city's conference middle and a bustling arts district.
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  • Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party

    By George R. Stewart

    The tragedy of the Donner celebration constitutes some of the most impressive tales of the yank West. In 1846 eighty-seven humans -- males, ladies, and youngsters -- set out for California, persuaded to try a brand new overland path. After suffering around the wilderness, wasting many oxen, and approximately loss of life of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, basically to be trapped via blinding snow and sour storms. Many perished; a few survived via resorting to cannibalism; all have been subjected to insufferable pain. Incorporating the diaries of the survivors and different modern files, George Stewart wrote the definitive heritage of that ill-fated band of pioneers; an marvelous account of what humans could suffer and accomplish within the ultimate press of circumstance.
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  • The New Old World

    By Perry Anderson

    The New outdated World appears to be like on the heritage of the ecu Union, the middle continental international locations inside it, and the difficulty of its additional growth into Asia. It opens with a attention of the origins and results of ecu integration because the moment international conflict, and the way today’s ecu has been theorized throughout quite a number modern disciplines. It then strikes to extra exact money owed of political and cultural advancements within the 3 relevant states of the unique universal Market—France, Germany and Italy. a 3rd part explores the interrelated histories of Cyprus and Turkey that pose a number one geopolitical problem to the neighborhood. The e-book ends via tracing principles of ecu cohesion from the Enlightenment to the current, and their pertaining to the way forward for the Union. The New previous World deals a severe portrait of a continent now more and more hailed as an ethical and political instance to the area at huge.
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  • The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Modernism and the New Criticism (Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Volume 7)

    By Louis Menand, A. Walton Litz

    This quantity presents an intensive account of the serious culture rising with the modernist and avant-garde writers of the early 20th century (Eliot, Pound, Stein, Yeats), carrying on with with the hot Critics (Richards, Empson, Burke, Winters), and feeding into the influential paintings of Leavis, Trilling and others. The booklet offers a better half to the opposite twentieth-century volumes of The Cambridge heritage of Literary feedback, and gives a scientific and stimulating assurance of the improvement of the foremost literary-critical routine, genres, and person critics
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