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Mirrors of Memory
Freud, Photography, and the History of Art
Mary Bergstein
A significant contribution to our understanding of early twentieth century visual culture and an exploration of how photography shaped the ways in which the great archaeologist of the human mind saw and thought about the world.



The Unfinished Enlightenment
Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia
Joanna Stalnaker
In The Unfinished Enlightenment, Joanna Stalnaker offers a fresh look at the French Enlightenment by focusing on the era's vast, collective attempt to compile an ongoing and provisional description of the world.



American Abyss
Savagery and Civilization in the Age of Industry
Daniel E. Bender
At the beginning of the twentieth century, industrialization both dramatically altered everyday experiences and shaped debates about the effects of immigration, empire, and urbanization. In American Abyss, Daniel E. Bender examines an array of...



Horace Greeley's "New-York Tribune"
Civil War-Era Socialism and the Crisis of Free Labor
Adam Tuchinsky
In the mid-nineteenth century, Horace Greeley's New-York Tribune had the largest national circulation of any newspaper in the United States. Its contributors included many of the leading minds of the period-Margaret Fuller, Henry James Sr., Charles...



Slavophile Empire
Imperial Russia's Illiberal Path
Laura Engelstein
Engelstein asks how Russia's identity came to be defined in terms of an consensus opposed to Western-style liberalism, examining debates on religion and secularism, the role of culture and the law, and the status of the empire's ethnic peripheries.



Meeting the Demands of Reason
The Life and Thought of Andrei Sakharov
Jay Bergman
A comprehensive account of Sakharov's life and intellectual development, focusing on his political thought and the effect his ideas had on Soviet society.



A Dark Trace
Sigmund Freud on the Sense of Guilt
Herman Westerink
Figures of the Unconscious, No. 8 Sigmund Freud, in his search for the origins of the sense of guilt in individual life and culture, regularly speaks of "reading a dark trace," thus referring to the Oedipus myth as a myth about the problem of human...



Future Tense
The Culture of Anticipation in France between the Wars
Roxanne Panchasi
In the years between the world wars, French intellectuals, politicians, and military leaders came to see certain encounters-between human and machine, organic and artificial, national and international culture-as premonitions of a future that was...



History and Its Limits
Human, Animal, Violence
Dominick LaCapra
Dominick LaCapra's History and Its Limits articulates the relations among intellectual history, cultural history, and critical theory, examining the recent rise of "Practice Theory" and probing the limitations of prevalent forms of...



The Birth of the Despot
Venice and the Sublime Porte
Lucette Valensi
In her graceful account of the transformation of European attitudes toward the Ottoman empire during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Lucette Valensi follows the genealogy of the concept of Oriental despotism. The Birth of the Despot...



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