BOOKS RECEIVED: Riccardo Bavaj and Martina Steber, eds., “Germany and ‘The West’: The History of a Modern Concept” (Berghahn, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books “The West” is a central idea in German public discourse, yet historians know surprisingly little about the evolution of the concept. Contrary to common assumptions, this volume argues that the German concept of the West… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Gisela Welz, “European Products: Making and Unmaking Heritage in Cyprus” (Berghahn, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books On the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, rural villages, traditional artefacts, even atmospheres and experiences are considered heritage. Heritage making not only protects, but also produces, things, people, and places. Since the Republic of Cyprus joined… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Philipp Ther, “The Dark Side of Nation-States: Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe” (Berghahn, 2016)
Why was there such a far-reaching consensus concerning the utopian goal of national homogeneity in the first half of the twentieth century? Ethnic cleansing is analyzed here as a result of the formation of democratic nation-states, the international order based… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Laura Anne Kalba, “Color in the Age of Impressionism: Commerce, Technology, and Art” (Penn State UP, 2017)
This study analyzes the impact of color-making technologies on the visual culture of nineteenth-century France, from the early commercialization of synthetic dyes to the Lumire brothers perfection of the autochrome color photography process. Focusing on Impressionist art, Laura Anne Kalba… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Richard Kieckhefer, trans., “Hazards of the Dark Arts: Advice for Medieval Princes on Witchcraft and Magic” (Penn State UP, 2017)
This volume comprises English translations of two fundamentally important texts on magic and witchcraft in the fifteenth century: Johannes Hartliebs Book of All Forbidden Arts and Ulrich Molitoriss On Witches and Pythonesses. Written by laymen and aimed at secular authorities,… Read More
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