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Political and Legal Perspectives
Political and Legal Perspectives highlights the impact of political change, or "democratization," on religious reform in Northern Europe.



The Churches
Developments in church-state relationships in Northern Europe between 1780 and 1920 had a substantial impact on reformist ideas, projects, and movements within the churches. To what extent did church and state mutually influence each other?



Reforming Urban Labor
Routes to the City, Roots in the Country
Janet L. Polasky
Reforming Urban Labor is a history of the nineteenth-century social reforms designed by middle-class progressives to domesticate the labor force, comparing the experiences of London and Brussels.



The Other Dickens
A Life of Catherine Hogarth
Lillian Nayder
Drawing on little-known, unpublished material and forcing Catherine's husband from center stage, this book revolutionizes our perception of both an unjustly maligned woman and the Dickens family dynamic.



Taming Cannibals
Race and the Victorians
Patrick Brantlinger
Brantlinger unravels contradictions embedded in the racist and imperialist ideology of the British Empire.



Liddell Hart and the Weight of History
John J. Mearsheimer
This troubling book offers a striking illustration of how history can be used and abused—how a gifted individual can create their own self-serving version of the past.



The Lotus and the Lion
Buddhism and the British Empire
J. Jeffrey Franklin
Buddhism is indisputably gaining prominence in the West, as is evidenced by the growth of Buddhist practice within many traditions and keen interest in meditation and mindfulness. In The Lotus and the Lion, J. Jeffrey Franklin traces the historical...



Lines of Equity
Literature and the Origins of Law in Later Stuart England
Elliott Visconsi
Confronted by a public that seemed to be sunk in barbarism and violence, English writers including John Milton, John Dryden, and Aphra Behn imagined serious literature as an instrument for change.



Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life
Mark Francis
The ideas of the English philosopher Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) profoundly shaped Victorian thought regarding evolutionary theory, the philosophy of science, sociology, and politics. In his day, Spencer's works ranked alongside those of Darwin and...



Brutal Reasoning
Animals, Rationality, and Humanity in Early Modern England
Erica Fudge
Early modern English thinkers were fascinated by the subject of animal rationality, even before the appearance of Descartes's Discourse on the Method (1637) and its famous declaration of the automatism of animals. But as Erica Fudge relates in Brutal...



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