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The Ties that Bind by Dr. Linda E. Mitchell
The Ties that Bind
Linda E. Mitchell
This collection of essays, whose title echoes that of her most well-known book, celebrates the career of Barbara A. Hanawalt, emerita George III Professor of British Studies at The Ohio State University. The volume's contents - ranging from politics to family histories, from intimate portraits to extensive prosopographies - are authored by both former students and career-long colleagues and friends, and reflect the wide range of topics on which Professor Hanawalt has written as well as her varied methodological approaches and disciplinary interests. More...

Happy Burden by Dr. Andrew Bergerson
The Happy Burden of History
Andrew Bergerson
Germans are often accused of failing to take responsibility for Nazi crimes, but what precisely should ordinary people do differently? Indeed, scholars have yet to outline viable alternatives for how any of us should respond to terror and genocide. More...

On Slavery's Border; by Dr. Diane Mutti Burke
On Slavery's Border: Missouri's Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865
Diane Mutti Burke
On Slavery's Border tackles two important and understudied subjects: the history of slavery in the South’s border states and the nature of small-scale slavery. It is full of original, interesting, and useful insight about many topics—from the forced and voluntary migrations that created Missouri’s patterns of slavery, to white gender ideologies that resembled those of the midwestern farming communities to the north and east, to the labor, leisure, and familial interactions that shaped the material and affective worlds of whites and African Americans. More...

The Girls' History and Culture Reader: 19th Century
The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Nineteenth Century
Miriam Forman-Brunell
The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Nineteenth Century provides scholars, instructors, and students with the most influential essays that have defined the field of American girls' history and culture. A relatively new and energetic field of inquiry, girl-centered research is critical for a fuller understanding of women and gender, a deeper consideration of childhood and adolescence, and a greater acknowledgment of the significance of generation as a historical force in American culture and society. More...


The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The 20th  Century
The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Twentieth Century
Miriam Forman-Brunell
Bringing together work from top scholars of women and youth, The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Twentieth Century illustrates girls' centrality to major twentieth-century forces such as immigration, labor, feminism, and consumerism. Themes in this pioneering volume include girls' use of fashion and music, their roles as workers, their friendships, and new ideas about girls' bodies. While girls in the twentieth century found new avenues for personal ambition and self-expression, especially at school and in the realm of leisure and popular culture, they continued to wrestle with traditional ideas about feminine identity, socialization, and sexuality. More...

"Science and the Social Good" by Dr. John Herron
Science and the Social Good
John Herron
From the beginnings of industrial capitalism to contemporary disputes over evolution, nature has long been part of the public debate over the social good. As such, many natural scientists throughout American history have understood their work as a cultural activity contributing to social stability and their field as a powerful tool for enhancing the quality of American life.  More...

"History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict" by Dr. Carla Klausner
A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Carla Klausner
This concise and comprehensive survey presents balanced, impartial, and well-illustrated coverage of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The authors identify and examine the issues and themes that have characterized and defined the conflict over the past century.  More...

"Negotiating Paradise" by Dr. Dennis Merrill
Negotiating Paradise
Dennis Merrill
In his examination of interwar Mexico, early Cold War Cuba, and Puerto Rico during the Alliance for Progress, Merrill demonstrates how tourists and the international travel industry facilitated the expansion of U.S. consumer and cultural power in Latin America.  More...

"Babysitter" by Dr. Miriam Forman-Brunell
Miriam Forman-Brunell
On Friday nights many parents want to have a little fun together—without the kids. But “getting a sitter”—especially a dependable one—rarely seems trouble-free. Will the kids be safe with “that girl”?  More...



"Communitites and Crisis" by Dr. Shona Kelly Wray
Communities and Crisis
Shona Kelly Wray
Bologna is well known for its powerful university and notariate of the thirteenth century, but the fourteenth-century city is less studied. This work redresses the imbalance in scholarship by examining social and economic life at mid-fourteenth century, particularly during the epidemic of plague, the Black Death of 1348.  More...