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“Liebert has made extensive use of the most recent scholarship, and his study broadens the context for understanding Gibbon’s words by discussing in detail the kinds of narratives of conversion that were familiar to Gibbon and in light of which he shaped his own distinctive story. One of the most striking features of Gibbon’s Christianity is that it re-creates the genealogy of Gibbon’s evolution in telling his own story and that of Rome. The connection of the two, as shown here in detail, is an outstanding advance in the scholarship on the author and his great work.”—Ralph Lerner, author of Naïve Readings: Reveilles Political and Philosophic
“The Moving Statues of Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam is an entirely original study of Amsterdam’s pleasure palaces, or doolhoven, and a fascinating read that delights and instructs in a manner akin to the spaces it deftly analyzes. Vanhaelen’s text considers courtyard fountains, labyrinths, automata, waxworks, and clockworks, moving beyond standard descriptions of wonder to reflect on the nature of the city, the body, and knowledge itself in the early modern period.”—Stephanie Porras, author of Pieter Bruegel’s Historical Imagination
“Radical Dreams reignites Surrealism’s revolutionary appeal from the 1960s and 1970s and rewrites an often forgotten chapter of the movement.”—Stephanie D’Alessandro, Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“A highly readable journey through a history of technological innovations and journalism that argues against investing in the “new” for its own sake. A fascinating development in the scholarship around slow journalism.”—Megan Le Masurier, editor of Slow Journalism
Read a Q&A with S. Scott Rohrer, author of The Folly of Revolution, on our Tumblr.
Q: Who was Thomas Bradbury Chandler, and why is he important to U.S. history?
A: Chandler (1726–1790) was an Anglican minister from New Jersey and one of the most important critics of the revolutionary movement. He first gained notoriety in the 1760s when he led a campaign to bring an Anglican bishop to American shores—a move that radicals opposed because they feared it would buttress the power of both the monarchy and the Church of England and thus undercut colonial autonomy. Chandler in the 1770s then became one of the most notorious pamphleteers that loyalism produced. His political tracts attacked the legitimacy of the Continental Congress and warned that independence from Britain would bring ruin to the colonies. Chandler’s importance to U.S. history is twofold. His story takes readers deep into a little understood world, where many Americans revered monarchy. Second, Chandler’s attacks on the revolutionaries were among the most penetrating in the loyalist movement. A Friendly Address to All Reasonable Americans, for instance, questioned the central premises of the revolutionary movement and argued that American liberties would be safer in the empire than out.
The New York Review of Books calls The Letters of Edgar Degas “a tour de force of scholarship . . . not only for students and admirers of Degas, but also for those interested in the Impressionists generally and in the city of Paris in the second half of the nineteenth century.”
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Each month we’re highlighting a book available through PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access initiative featuring scholarly digital books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. This month’s pick: Kimbanguism: An African Understanding of the Bible.
The largest of the African-initiated churches, Kimbanguism claims seventeen million followers worldwide. Like other such churches, it originated out of black African resistance to colonization in the early twentieth century and advocates reconstructing blackness by appropriating the parameters of Christian identity. Mokoko Gampiot provides a contextual history of the religion’s origins and development, compares Kimbanguism with other African-initiated churches and with earlier movements of political and spiritual liberation, and explores the implicit and explicit racial dynamics of Christian identity that inform church leaders and lay practitioners. He explains how Kimbanguists understand their own blackness as both a curse and a mission and how that underlying belief continuously spurs them to reinterpret the Bible through their own prisms.
Enjoy this open access article with the support of the authors and Aarhus University from Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies!
This volume is the tenth in a series of technical seasonal reports on the excavations of Tall al-‘Umayri, Jordan, part of the Madaba Plains Project. It covers artifactual finds and related research from excavation fields active during the 2006 season.
“The three volumes of Megiddo VI: The 2010–2014 Seasons display a rich set of finds, spanning about 1,000 years of history from the Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age IIB. They include a large number of studies in archaeology and the exact and life sciences, including topics such as radiocarbon dating, geoarchaeology, paleomagnetism, and metallurgy.
“[A] stupendous testimony of survival.”—starred review Booklist
“MK Czerwiec’s tales of her nursing work on an AIDS unit chart a remarkable episode in the history of medicine. It’s a time of staggering loss but also remarkable change. Through the lives and deaths of individual patients, written and drawn in documentary detail, we see the power dynamic between doctor and patient begin to shift. When cure is not an option, care takes on a new meaning.”—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home
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