BOOKS RECEIVED: Shawn J. Parry-Giles and David S. Kaufer, “Memories of Lincoln and the Splintering of American Political Thought” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In the aftermath of the Civil War, Republicans and Democrats who advocated conflicting visions of American citizenship could agree on one thing: the rhetorical power of Abraham Lincolns life. This volume examines the debates over his legacy and their impact… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Edward Bever and Randall Styers, eds., “Magic in the Modern World: Strategies of Repression and Legitimization” (Penn State UP, 2017)
This collection of essays considers the place of magic in the modern world, first by exploring the ways in which modernity has been defined in explicit opposition to magic and superstition, and then by illuminating how modern proponents of magic… 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
BOOKS RECEIVED: Thomas Sikor, Stefan Dorondel, Johannes Stahl, and Phuc Xuan, “When Things Become Property: Land Reform, Authority and Value in Postsocialist Europe and Asia” (Berghahn Books, 2017)To, “
Governments have conferred ownership titles to many citizens throughout the world in an effort to turn things into property. Almost all elements of nature have become the target of property laws, from the classic preoccupation with land to more ephemeral… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Edgar Peters Bowron, ed., “Buying Baroque: Italian Seventeenth-Century Paintings Come to America” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Although Americans have shown interest in Italian Baroque art since the eighteenth centuryThomas Jefferson bought copies of works by Salvator Rosa and Guido Reni for his art gallery at Monticello, and the seventeenth-century Bolognese school was admired by painters Benjamin… Read More
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