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Mennonite Farmers
by Royden Loewen Mennonite Farmers is an environmental history that juxtaposes life in the twentieth century in starkly diverse contexts. Its main contribution to global environmental history lies in a comparison of micro-histories of seven distinctive places...
Death and Rebirth in a Southern City
The memorial landscape in the United States has changed before our eyes. Death and Rebirth in a Southern City speaks to those changes through the lens of the historic cemeteries in Richmond, Virginia – the onetime capital of the Confederacy and heart of the...
Broken Cities: A Historical Sociology of Ruins
I wrote Broken Cities because I saw that ruins were being used to shape our view of the past and even to create the “pastness” of the past. As you can see by looking at the cover illustrations of any number of Classics monographs (including Broken Cities)...
The Lives of Amish Women
The Lives of Amish Women explores how religion, tradition, and social practice come together to shape what it means to be a woman in Amish society. In writing this book, I wanted to understand better how the religiously defined roles of Amish women have...
Birth and Death in an Ethical Upside Down
The plot of the hit show Stranger Things revolves around another dimension, the Upside Down, where people’s thoughts and behaviors are controlled by an organism known as the Mind Flayer. When the Mind Flayer crosses into our world, it upends the moral...
From Soviet Disco to Post-Soviet Oligarchy
The present massive political corruption in post-Soviet geopolitical space is rooted in cultural consumption of the Brezhnev era (1964-1982). During this period of late socialism in the USSR, millions of Soviet young people, loyal members of Komsomol, fell in...