Higgitt examines Isaac Newton’s changing legacy during the nineteenth century. She focuses on 1820-1870, a period that saw the creation of the specialized and secularized role of the “scientist.” At the same time, researchers gained better access to Newton’s archives. These were used both by those who wished to undermine the traditional, idealised depiction of scientific genius and those who felt obliged to defend Newtonian hagiography. Higgitt shows how debates about Newton’s character stimulated historical scholarship and led to the development of a new expertise in the history of science.
Victorian anthropology has been derided as an “armchair practice,” distinct from the scientific discipline of the twentieth century. But the observational practices that characterized the study of human diversity developed from the established sciences of natural history, geography and medicine. Sera-Shriar argues that anthropology at this time went through a process of innovation which built on scientifically grounded observational study. Far from being an evolutionary dead end, nineteenth-century anthropology laid the foundations for the field-based science of anthropology today.
A Direct Challenge to the Idea That Science Should Be Value-Free and Values Should Be Evidence-Free
A Social History of Elite Spanish Loyalists and the Groups that Challenged Them in the Years Before South American Independence
A New Interdisciplinary Study of Czech Gender-Fluid Artist Toyen Based on Rare Primary Sources
A New Translation of this Overlooked Satirical Novella on the State of Russia in the Mid-19th Century
New Ways of Understanding and Reclaiming Landscapes as Living Sites of Cultural Heritage
An Examination of the Ways African American Rhetoric Becomes Whitened When It Crosses Over into White Audiences
A Collection of Essays that Cast a Light on Giannina Braschi’s Exquisite, Experimental, and Genre and Gender Bending Work
Essays That Confront the Personal and Public Aspects of Surviving Tragedy and Demonstrate How Pittsburgh Is Still Stronger Than Hate
A Nuanced Account of Pope John Paul II’s Historical Visits to Poland in the Late Communist Era
A Comprehensive History Placing Forbes and His Campaign during the Seven Years’ War within the Context of the Eighteenth Century British Empire
A Revealing Insider Account of the First Years of Russian Independence
A Fascinating Study of One of the Earliest and Most Influential Groups to Settle Western Pennsylvania
A compelling study of the sea change brought about in politics, society, and gender roles during World Wars I and II by campaigns to recruit Women’s Land Armies in Great Britain and the United States to cultivate victory gardens. Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant compares and contrasts the outcomes of war in both nations as seen through women’s ties to labor, agriculture, the home, and the environment. She sheds new light on the cultural legacies left by the Women’s Land Armies and their major role in shaping national and personal identities.