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E Pluribus Unum by
Call Number: E210 .M14 1979
Publication Date: 1979-05-01
“An extraordinary book.” –Gordon S. Wood, Brown University Having won independence from England, America faced a new question: Would this be politically one nation, or would it not? E Pluribus Unum is a spirited look at how that question came to be answered. That the American people introduced a governmental system adequate to check the very forces unleashed by the Revolution–this, writes Professor McDonald, “was the miracle of the age. . . . The French, the Russians, the Italians, the Germans, all the planet’s peoples in their turn, would become so unrestrained as to lose contact with sanity. The Americans might have suffered a similar history had they followed the lead of those who, in 1787 and 1788, spoke in the name . . . of popular ‘rights.’ But there were giants on the earth in those days, and they spoke in the name of the nation. . . .” Forrest McDonald is Professor of History at the University of Alabama.
The Government of the Roman Empire by
Call Number: DG83 .L62 2000
Publication Date: 2000-10-17
A valuable collection of source material which makes this revised edition an essential tool for everyone studying the administration of the Empire.
Republics Ancient and Modern by
Call Number: E210 .R335 1992
Publication Date: 1992-01-01
An assessment of the ancient Greek city and its subsequent influence. A masterwork of political theory and comparative politics for the classroom. “In a series of sketches touching on everything from the lust for honor to the suspicion of commerce and philosophy, from the role of homoerotic bonds in maintaining military formations to the distrust of technological innovation, Rahe brilliantly reminds us how utterly committed the Greeks were to a politics in which the distribution of honors, education and culture in all their forms, and economic activity were all designed to preserve civic solidarity.–Jack N. Rakove, American Historical Review “[An] extraordinary book. . . . It is a great achievement and will stay as a landmark.–Patrick Leigh Fermor, The Spectator (London) “A work of magisterial erudition.–Journal of American History
Government by Dissent by
Call Number: E210 .R335 1992
Publication Date: 2013-07-01
“The most thorough examination we have of how early Americans wrestled with what types of political dissent should be permitted, even promoted, in the new republic they were forming. Martin shows the modern relevance of their debates in ways that all will find valuable—even those who dissent from his views!”—Rogers M. Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania Democracy is the rule of the people. But what exactly does it mean for a people to rule? Which practices and behaviors are legitimate, and which are democratically suspect? We generally think of democracy as government by consent; a government of, by, and for the people. This has been true from Locke through Lincoln to the present day. Yet in understandably stressing the importance—indeed, the monumental achievement—of popular consent, we commonly downplay or even denigrate the role of dissent in democratic governments. But in Government by Dissent, Robert W.T. Martin explores the idea that the people most important in a flourishing democracy are those who challenge the status quo. The American political radicals of the 1790s understood, articulated, and defended the crucial necessity of dissent to democracy. By returning to their struggles, successes, and setbacks, and analyzing their imaginative arguments, Martin recovers a more robust approach to popular politics, one centered on the ever-present need to challenge the status quo and the powerful institutions that both support it and profit from it. Dissent has rarely been the mainstream of democratic politics. But the figures explored here—forgotten farmers as well as revered framers—understood that dissent is always the essential undercurrent of democracy and is often the critical crosscurrent. Only by returning to their political insights can we hope to reinvigorate our own popular politics.
The Disappearing Islands of the Chesapeake by
Call Number: F187.C5 C76 2005
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
Scientists estimate that, until 1900, the water level of the Chesapeake Bay rose at the rate of three feet every thousand years. Alarmingly enough, the bay rose by one foot in the twentieth century alone, and for evidence of this dramatic change one need only observe the effects of rising water on the islands of the Chesapeake Bay, which slowly are slipping from sight. A retired oceanographer who first conducted research on the bay in the 1950s, William B. Cronin here supplies a survey of the changing fortunes of these forty-odd islands, from Garrett in the north to Gwynn and James islands to the south. Cronin’s historical and scientific tour outlines their erosion, their loss of marshland, and the rich if changing human experience they have supported for generations. He draws on imagery that includes the work of celebrated local photographer A. Aubrey Bodine, colonial and state records, newspaper pieces, and his own personal and professional experience. Historic nautical charts, compared to current data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, leave no doubt of the crisis many of the islands face. On one, Holland, rising water in the late 1910s forced townspeople to move their houses by barge to the mainland. On another, Barren, a sizable hunting lodge housed guests as late as the 1970s but by 1985 had become a wreck beneath the water. An appendix documents the many small islands that have dropped entirely from view since the seventeenth century.
Call Number: GR35 .F63 2011
Publication Date: 2010-12-01
Written by an international team of acclaimed folklorists, this reference text provides a cross-cultural survey of the major types and methods of inquiry in folklore. * Contains contributions from major scholars such as David Leeming, Linda Degh, and Dan Ben-Amos * Numerous photographs bring the subject material to life * More than 300 entries, each concluding with a bibliography of references * Over 50 sidebars provide biographical information on major folklore collectors and scholars
Call Number: GR71 .C74 1992
Publication Date: 1992-10-01
Taken together, these stimulating case studies and philosophical essays are a moving statement for understanding human expressiveness in a new way.
Mysteries and Lore of Western Maryland by
Call Number: GR110.M3 F35 2013
Publication Date: 2013-07-16
In the shadows of the quiet mountain towns of Western Maryland, strange creatures are said to lurk in the woods while phantoms wander the foothills. The Hagerstown clock tower is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a young artist killed during the Civil War, while the low summit of South Mountain was once host to a mysterious spell-caster, the Wizard Zittle. Farther west, tales of legendary hunter Meshach Browning echo among the Allegany Mountains while visitors to Deep Creek Lake may feel the chilling presence of monks who never left their former monastery. From the 1909 hoax of the monstrous Snallygaster that terrorized the Middletown Valley to the doglike Dwayyo that was spotted near Frederick in 1965, local historian Susan Fair rounds up the bizarre beasts, odd characters and unsolved mysteries that color the legends and lore of Western Maryland.
The Fashion System by
Call Number: GT521 .B313 1990
Publication Date: 1990-07-25
In his consideration of the language of the fashion magazine–the structural analysis of descriptions of women’s clothing by writers about fashion–Barthes gives us a brief history of semiology. At the same time, he identifies economics as the underlying reason for the luxuriant prose of the fashion magazine: “Calculating, industrial society is obliged to form consumers who don’t calculate; if clothing’s producers and consumers had the same consciousness, clothing would be bought (and produced) only at the very slow rate of its dilapidation.”
Fashion and Its Social Agendas by
Call Number: GT525 .C75 2000
Publication Date: 2000-08-01
It has long been said that clothes make the man (or woman), but is it still true today? If so, how has the information clothes convey changed over the years? Using a wide range of historical and contemporary materials, Diana Crane demonstrates how the social significance of clothing has been transformed. Crane compares nineteenth-century societies—France and the United States—where social class was the most salient aspect of social identity signified in clothing with late twentieth-century America, where lifestyle, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ethnicity are more meaningful to individuals in constructing their wardrobes. Today, clothes worn at work signify social class, but leisure clothes convey meanings ranging from trite to political. In today’s multicode societies, clothes inhibit as well as facilitate communication between highly fragmented social groups. Crane extends her comparison by showing how nineteenth-century French designers created fashions that suited lifestyles of Paris elites but that were also widely adopted outside France. By contrast, today’s designers operate in a global marketplace, shaped by television, film, and popular music. No longer confined to elites, trendsetters are drawn from many social groups, and most trends have short trajectories. To assess the impact of fashion on women, Crane uses voices of college-aged and middle-aged women who took part in focus groups. These discussions yield fascinating information about women’s perceptions of female identity and sexuality in the fashion industry. An absorbing work, Fashion and Its Social Agendas stands out as a critical study of gender, fashion, and consumer culture. “Why do people dress the way they do? How does clothing contribute to a person’s identity as a man or woman, as a white-collar professional or blue-collar worker, as a preppie, yuppie, or nerd? How is it that dress no longer denotes social class so much as lifestyle? . . . Intelligent and informative, [this] book proposes thoughtful answers to some of these questions.”-Library Journal
Call Number: GV697.A1 C26
Publication Date: 1977-05-01
Lore of Running by
Call Number: GV1061 .N6 2003
Publication Date: 2002-12-03
Lore of Runninggives you incomparable detail on physiology, training, racing, injuries, world-class athletes, and races. Author Tim Noakes blends the expertise of a physician and research scientist with the passion of a dedicated runner to answer the most pressing questions for those who are serious about the sport: -How your body systems respond to training, the effects of different training methods, how to detect and avoid overtraining, and genetic versus trainable potential -How to train for the 10K up through ultramarathon with detailed programs from Noakes and several leading running experts -How to prevent and treat injuries, increase your strength and flexibility, and use proper nutrition for weight control and maximum performance You’ll also find a candid analysis of supplements and ergogenic effects and training aids. The book includes new interviews with 10 world-class runners who share their secrets to success and longevity in the sport. Features on legendary figures and events in running history provide fascinating insights. And that’s just scratching the surface. Lore of Runningis not only the biggest and best running publication on the planet. It’s the one book every runner should own.
Constitutionalism in America by
Call Number: KF4541.A2 C58 1988 v.2
Publication Date: 1988-01-13
This second volume in a three-volume set focuses on the structural arrangements distinctive to our constitution. The aim of Volume II is to encourage both scholars and the public to view our institutions in a constitutional perspective.
All the Sad Young Men by
Call Number: PS3511.I9 A78 2007
Publication Date: 2007-01-04
This volume of the Cambridge Fitzgerald Edition includes the original nine stories selected by Fitzgerald for All the Sad Young Men, together with eleven additional stories, published between 1925 and 1928, which were not collected by Fitzgerald during his lifetime. This edition is based on extensive surviving manuscripts and typescripts. The volume contains a scholarly introduction, historical notes, a textual apparatus, illustrations, and appendices. The complex history of composition for ‘The Rich Boy’ is untangled, and Fitzgerald’s thorough revision of ‘Winter Dreams’ is described. Important passages of sexual innuendo and tabloid-style scandal in ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, ‘The Love Boat’, and ‘Magnetism’ – removed by editors at the Saturday Evening Post – are restored to the Cambridge texts.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by
Call Number: PS3511.I9 C87 2007
Publication Date: 2007-08-14
Today, F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his novels, but in his lifetime, his fame stemmed from his prolific achievement as one of America’s most gifted story writers. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a witty and fantastical satire about aging, is one of his most memorable stories. In 1860 Benjamin Button is born an old man and mysteriously begins aging backward. At the beginning of his life he is withered and worn, but as he continues to grow younger he embraces life — he goes to war, runs a business, falls in love, has children, goes to college and prep school, and, as his mind begins to devolve, he attends kindergarten and eventually returns to the care of his nurse. This strange and haunting story embodies the sharp social insight that has made Fitzgerald one of the great voices in the history of American literature.
The Great Gatsby by
Call Number: PS3511.I9 T75 2000
Publication Date: 1995-06-01
One of the classics of twentieth-century literature, The Great Gatsby is now available in a definitive, textually accurate edition. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan has been acclaimed by generations of readers. But the first edition contained a number of errors resulting from Fitzgerald’s extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule. Subsequent printings introduced further departures from the author’s words. This edition, based on the Cambridge critical text, restores all the language of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Drawing on the manuscript and surviving proof of the novel, along with Fitzgerald’s later revisions and corrections, this is the authorized text – The Great Gatsby as Fitzgerald intended it.
Marvelous Things Overheard by
Call Number: PS3563.L58 M27 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
A vibrant and eclectic collection from a stunningly mature young poet “The world–the time has come to say it, though the news will not be welcome to everyone–has no intention of abandoning enchantment altogether.” Roberto Calasso’s words inLiterature and the Gods remind us that, in an age of reason, of mechanization, of alienation, of rote drudgery, we still seek out the transcendent, the marvelous. Ange Mlinko’s luminous fourth collection is both a journey toward and the space of that very enchantment. Marvelous Things Overheardtakes its title from a collection of ancient rumors about the lands of the Mediterranean. Mlinko, who lived at the American University of Beirut and traveled to Greece and Cyprus, has penned poems that seesaw between the life lived in those ancient and strife-torn places, and the life imagined through its literature: fromThe Greek Anthology to theMu’allaqat. Throughout, Mlinko grapples with the passage of time on two levels: her own aging (alongside the growing up of her children) and the incontrovertible evidence of millennia of human habitation. This is an assured and revealing collection, one that readers will want to seek refuge in again and again.
The Marathon by
Call Number: Q11 .N5 v.301
Publication Date: 1977-10-01
Prevention Is Primary by
Call Number: RA445 .P6585 2007
Publication Date: 2007-04-20
Prevention is Primary is a theory-to-practice book for students, faculty practitioners and community leaders who want to take an aggressive stance against the most pressing health problems in the community, such as tobacco, violence, drugs, HIV, obesity, and asthma. This book provides a full and practical understanding of prevention on a community level. It defines the elements of quality prevention efforts from necessary partnerships to the training, vision, and policies that go into successful efforts.
Beautiful Swimmers by
Call Number: SH380.45.U5 W37 1977
Publication Date: 1994-03-21
William Warner exhibits his skill as a naturalist and as a writer in this Pulitzer Prize-winning study of the pugnacious Atlantic blue crab and of its Chesapeake Bay territory. Penguin Nature Library.
Masonry Walls by
Call Number: TH2243 .T49 1996
Publication Date: 1995-11-15
The book is a useful reference for architects, builders, building surveyors and structural engineers and is an essential text book for professional students in these disciplines. Kenneth Thomas is well known in the construction industry for his many papers and articles on masonry and has for the past eleven years been a consulting engineer and building technologist specialising in masonry. He is a chartered structural engineer, a chartered builder and in 1970 was awarded a Master of Science degree by the University of Salford for his research into brickwork and materials. He was formerly Chief Technical Officer of the Brick Development Association; Head of Construction Technology at Birmingham Polytechnic (now the University of Central England) and Deputy Director of the Timber Research and Development Association. He has for many years served on numerous BSI, DOE and Professional Institutional committees and is a recipient of the Institution of Structural Engineers Oscar Faber Bronze Medal and the BSI’s Distinguished Service Certificate. Details symptoms and causes of defects Of special interest to these investigating building failures and expert witnesses