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Polymath A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag
ISBN: HB: 9780300250022, Yale University Press, September 2020
352 pp., 23.4x15.2 cm, 24 colour illus.
From Leonardo da Vinci and John Dee to Oliver Sacks and Susan Sontag, polymaths have moved the frontiers of knowledge. Nonetheless, in our current age of specialization, polymaths are often remembered for only one part of their varied achievements....
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Brief Natural History of Civilization Why a Balance Between Cooperation & Competition Is Vital to Humanity
ISBN: HB: 9780300245912, Yale University Press, June 2020
320 pp., 23.4x15.2 cm, 47 black&white illus.
Offering a bold new understanding of who we are, where we came from, and where we are going, noted ecologist Mark Bertness argues that human beings and their civilization are the products of the same self-organization, evolutionary adaptation, and na...
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Mastery of Non-Mastery in the Age of Meltdown
ISBN: PB: 9780226698670, ISBN: HB: 9780226684581, University of Chicago Press, May 2020
192 pp., 21.5x13.9 cm, 5 halftones
For centuries, humans have excelled at mimicking nature in order to exploit it. Now, with the existential threat of global climate change on the horizon, the ever-provocative Michael Taussig asks what function a newly invigorated mimetic faculty migh...
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In Pursuit of Civility Manners and Civilization in Early Modern England
ISBN: PB: 9780300251524, ISBN: HB: 9780300235777, Yale University Press, April 2020
480 pp., 22.9x15.2 cm, 28 colour illus.
What did it mean to be 'civilized' in Early Modern England? Keith Thomas's seminal studies "Religion and the Decline of Magic", "Man and the Natural World", and "The Ends of Life", explored the beliefs, values and social practices of the years bet...
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Pocket A Hidden History of Women's Lives, 1660-1900
ISBN: PB: 9780300253740, Yale University Press, April 2020
264 pp., 23.5x17.5 cm, 200 colour illus.
This fascinating and enlightening study of the tie-on pocket combines materiality and gender to provide new insight into the social history of women's everyday lives – from duchesses and country gentry to prostitutes and washerwomen – and to explore...
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Precarious Partners Horses and Their Humans in Nineteenth-Century France
ISBN: PB: 9780226686370, ISBN: HB: 9780226686233, University of Chicago Press, March 2020
240 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 4 colour plates, 28 halftones
From the recent spate of equine deaths on racetracks to protests demanding the removal of mounted Confederate soldier statues to the success and appeal of "War Horse", there is no question that horses still play a role in our lives – though fewer and...
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Old Thiess, a Livonian Werewolf A Classic Case in Comparative Perspective
ISBN: PB: 9780226674414, ISBN: HB: 9780226674384, University of Chicago Press, March 2020
272 pp., 21.5x13.9 cm, 12 halftones, 3 tables
In 1691, a Livonian peasant known as Old Thiess boldly announced before a district court that he was a werewolf. Yet far from being a diabolical monster, he insisted, he was one of the "hounds of God", fierce guardians who battled sorcerers, witches,...
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Phantom Africa
ISBN: PB: 9780857427007, ISBN: HB: 9780857423771, Seagull Books, February 2020
720 pp., 22.8x19 cm, 37 halftones, 3 facsimiles
One of the towering classics of twentieth century French literature, "Phantom Africa" is a singular and ultimately unclassifiable work: a book composed of one man's compulsive and constantly mutating daily travel journal – by turns melodramatic, self...
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Second Careers Two Tributaries in African Art
ISBN: HB: 9780300246872, Yale University Press, January 2020
120 pp., 30.5x22.9 cm, 40 colour illus.
Recognizing the second lives of historical African artworks when they enter museum collections and addressing them in dialogue with the works of six established and emerging African artists, this book represents how today's practitioners are reformul...
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Why We Believe Evolution and the Human Way of Being
ISBN: HB: 9780300243994, Yale University Press, January 2020
280 pp., 21x14 cm, 8 black&white illus.
Why are so many humans religious? Why do we daydream, imagine, and hope? Philosophers, theologians, social scientists, and historians have offered explanations for centuries, but their accounts often ignore or even avoid human evolution. Evolutionary...
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