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The Jews of Vienna, 1867-1914
The Jews of Vienna, 1867-1914 (June 1984)
Assimilation and Identity
Marsha L. Rozenblit - Author

Ablaze with excitement, effervescent with creativity--late nineteenth-century Vienna was the ideal site for this analysis of the ways in which a sizable and significant group of Jews was assimilated into European society.

After leaving homes in the Austrian and Hungarian provinces and migrating to the Austrian capital, the Jews underwent a variety of profound changes. The Jews of Vienna shows how they successfully transformed old, ide...(Read More)
 
 
Gleanings in Europe
Gleanings in Europe (June 1983)
France
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Thomas Philbrick - Hist., intro., and notes
Thomas Philbrick - Hist. intro., and notes
Constance Ayers Denne - Text
Constance Ayers Denne - Text by
Thomas Philbrick - Text
Thomas Philbrick - Text by

France (1837) was the third volume published in Cooper's Gleanings in Europe series, but first in the chronology of his European experience. Less sequential than his other travel narratives, France distills his impressions of French and European culture during his first two years abroad. Exhibiting many qualities of the familiar essay, it considers a wide range of topics of interest to Cooper, his friends, and potential readers i...(Read More)
 
 
What Were Little Girls and Boys Made Of?
What Were Little Girls and Boys Made Of? (June 1983)
Primary Education in Rural France, 1830-1880
Laura S. Strumingher - Author

Primary School Books were vehicles by which authors in nineteenth-century France hoped to shape the future. These authors, members of the middle class, believed in reason and progress and in their own ability to ascertain what was reasonable and to enforce progress. Not surprisingly, they did not always get the cooperation of the people whom they were trying to lead to a civilized life. Peasants, who made up the largest population of those n...(Read More)
 
 
Gleanings in Europe
Gleanings in Europe (June 1981)
England
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Donald A. Ringe - Hist., intro., and notes
Donald A. Ringe - Hist. intro., and notes
Kenneth W. Staggs - Hist., introduction, notes, and text
Kenneth W. Staggs - Hist. introduction, notes, and text
James P. Elliott - Text
James P. Elliott - Text by
Robert D. Madison - Text
Robert D. Madison - Text by


A contemporaneous reviewer called James Fenimore Cooper's England "unquestionably the most searching and thoughtful, not TO say philosophical of any" of the books "published by an American on England.
"Another cited with approval the "potent causticity" with which a fellow reviewer "develope[d] the gangrene of the author's mind in its most foul and diseased state."

Such were the ext...(Read More)
 
 
Gleanings in Europe
Gleanings in Europe (June 1981)
Italy
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Constance Ayers Denne - Text
Constance Ayers Denne - Text by
John Conron - Hist., intro., and notes
John Conron - Hist. intro., and notes
Constance Ayers Denne - Hist. intro., and notes
Constance Ayers Denne - Hist., intro., and notes

Describing Italy as "the only region of the earth that I truly love," James Fenimore Cooper used the style of picturesque impressionism to convey his vision of Italy as the microcosm of an ordered and a beautiful world.

In theory, the picturesque style of writing could produce verbal sketches that embodied a visual complexity similar to that of the great Baroque and Romantic landscape paintings. In practice, the hundreds of travel books writ...(Read More)
 
 
Aristocrats and the Crowd in the Revolutionary Year 1848
Aristocrats and the Crowd in the Revolutionary Year 1848 (June 1980)
A Contribution to the History of Revolution and Counter-Revolution
Josef V. Polisensky - Author
Frederick Snider - Translator

The Prague Uprising of 1848 was part of the powerful series of revolutions that shook practically the entire European Continent as the middle classes and urban and rural workers pressed against the rule of aristocrats and monarchs.

Czech Marxist historian Josef Polisensky analyzes the general turmoil of revolutionary thought and action in Europe and then focuses on the specific case of the Prague Uprising. By using previously ...(Read More)
 
 
Gleanings in Europe
Gleanings in Europe (June 1980)
Switzerland
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Kenneth W. Staggs - Text
Kenneth W. Staggs - Text by
James P. Elliott - Text
James P. Elliott - Text by
Robert E. Spiller - Hist., introduction, and text
James Franklin Beard - Hist., introduction, and text

In the summer of 1828 James Fenimore Cooper, his wife, and their five children set out from Paris for Switzerland, and Cooper wrote that he experienced a "glorious anticipation," for "a common-place converse with men was about to give place to a sublime communion with Nature."

Sketches of Switzerland, the book which describes this experience and which is republished here for the first time in the United States since its original issue ...(Read More)
 
 
In Time of Storm
In Time of Storm (June 1979)
Revolution, Civil War, and the Ethnolinguistic Issue in Finland
Pekka K. Hamalainen - Author

At the end of World War I in many European societies, hitherto hidden or suppressed rivalries and tensions between competing socioeconomic and ethnolinguistic groups burst to the surface in violence, revolution, civil conflict, and civil war. The author of this book attempts to make a contribution toward the unraveling of these phenomena by exploring them within the context of one European society, Finland, and analyzing the complex and inte...(Read More)
 
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