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Renovating Russia
The Human Sciences and the Fate of Liberal Modernity, 1880–1930
Daniel Beer
Renovating Russia is a richly comparative investigation of late Imperial and early Soviet medico-scientific theories of moral and social disorder. Daniel Beer argues that in the late Imperial years liberal psychiatrists, psychologists, and criminologists grappled with an intractable dilemma. They sought to renovate Russia, to forge a modern...



Cars for Comrades
The Life of the Soviet Automobile
Lewis H. Siegelbaum
Deeply researched and engagingly told, this masterful and entertaining biography of the Soviet automobile provides a new perspective on one of the twentieth century's most iconic—and important—technologies and a novel approach to understanding the USSR.



Laboratories of Faith
Mesmerism, Spiritism, and Occultism in Modern France
John Warne Monroe
An evocative history of alternative religious practices in France in the second half of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries that tells the interconnected stories of three movements: Mesmerism, Spiritism, and...



Glut
Mastering Information through the Ages
Alex Wright
Spanning disciplines from evolutionary theory and cultural anthropology to the history of books, libraries, and computer science, Alex Wright weaves an intriguing narrative about pre-computer age information explosions.



Plutonium
A History of the World's Most Dangerous Element
Jeremy Bernstein
In his history of this complex and dangerous element, noted physicist Jeremy Bernstein describes the steps that were taken to transform plutonium from a laboratory novelty into the nuclear weapon that destroyed Nagasaki.



The Iron Whim
A Fragmented History of Typewriting
Darren Wershler-Henry
The Iron Whim is an intelligent, irreverent, and humorous history of writing culture and technology. It covers the early history and evolution of the typewriter as well as the various attempts over the years to change the keyboard configuration, but...



Murder after Death
Literature and Anatomy in Early Modern England
Richard Sugg
Just as museum exhibits of plastinated corpses, television dramas about forensics, and books about the eventual fate of human remains provoke interest and generate ethical debates today, anatomy was a topic of fascination-and autopsies a...



Whole World on Fire
Organizations, Knowledge, and Nuclear Weapons Devastation
Lynn Eden
Whole World on Fire focuses on a technical riddle wrapped in an organizational mystery: How and why, for more than half a century, did the U.S. government fail to predict nuclear fire damage as it drew up plans to fight strategic nuclear war? U.S...



Charles Darwin, Geologist
Sandra Herbert
"Pleasure of imagination. . . . I a geologist have illdefined notion of land covered with ocean, former animals, slow force cracking surface &c truly poetical."—from Charles Darwin's Notebook M, 1838 The early nineteenth century was a golden age for...



Romantic Rocks, Aesthetic Geology
Noah Heringman
This book reexamines a wide range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century poetry to discover its relationship to a broad cultural consensus on the nature and value of geology, rocks, and landforms.



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