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The Nation's First Monument and the Origins of the American Memorial Tradition
The Nation's First Monument and the Origins of the American Memorial Tradition
Sally Webster

The Nation's First Monument and the Origins of the American Memorial Tradition

Liberty Enshrined

The commemorative tradition in early American art is considered for the first time in Sally Webster's fascinating study of public monuments and the construction of an American patronymic tradition. Until now, no attempt has been made to create a coherent early history of the carved symbolic language of American liberty and independence. Webster's ...

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From Local Patriotism to a Planetary Perspective
From Local Patriotism to a Planetary Perspective
Martina Kölbl-Ebert

From Local Patriotism to a Planetary Perspective

Impact Crater Research in Germany, 1930s-1970s

The Nördlinger Ries and Steinheim Basin, two geological structures in Germany, were traditionally viewed as volcanic edifices until they were recognized as impact craters in the 1960s. The changing views about the craters’ origins mark a paradigm shift in the Earth sciences, from an Earth-centric approach to a planetary perspective that acknowledged ...

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The Urban Department Store in America, 1850–1930
The Urban Department Store in America, 1850–1930
Louisa Iarocci

The Urban Department Store in America, 1850–1930

In the late nineteenth century, the urban department store arose as a built artifact and as a social institution in the United States. While the physical building type is the foundation of this comprehensive architectural study, Iarocci reaches beyond the analysis of the brick and mortar to reconsider how the ‘spaces of selling’ were culturally-produced spaces, as well as the product of interrelated economic, social, technological and aesthetic forces.

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Money Pits: British Mining Companies in the Californian and Australian Gold Rushes of the 1850s
Money Pits: British Mining Companies in the Californian and Australian Gold Rushes of the 1850s
John Woodland

Money Pits: British Mining Companies in the Californian and Australian Gold Rushes of the 1850s

Between 1849 and 1853, shares in nearly 120 public companies to exploit the booming goldfields of California and Australia were offered to the British public. The companies were collectively capitalised at over £15 million, but in the end only some £1.75 million was raised between 42 of them, with only one company surviving what the newspapers of the day described as a ‘gold bubble’. This is the first detailed investigation of the British gold bubble ...

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New York and the First World War
New York and the First World War
Ross J. Wilson

New York and the First World War

Shaping an American City

The First World War constitutes a point in New York's history when its identity was challenged, recast and reinforced. Its position as a financial centre meant that its role in the conflict was realised sooner than elsewhere in the United States. This book uses archives, newspaper reports, leaflets and the ethnic press to explore how the city ...

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Diplomacy, Roger Makins and the Anglo-American Relationship
Diplomacy, Roger Makins and the Anglo-American Relationship
Richard Wevill

Diplomacy, Roger Makins and the Anglo-American Relationship

Roger Makins, British Ambassador to Washington 1953-1956, was one of the most prominent and powerful diplomats of his time. His career was unusual for a Foreign Office official, in that such a large part of it took place in Washington and London, and was centered on Anglo-American relationships. This book describes his life, times and the important players he dealt with on both sides of the Atlantic. It sheds light on how the ‘special relationship’ ...

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How Outer Space Made America
How Outer Space Made America
Daniel Sage

How Outer Space Made America

Geography, Organization and the Cosmic Sublime

In this innovatory book Daniel Sage analyses how and why American space exploration reproduced and transformed American cultural and political imaginations by appealing to, and to an extent organizing, the transcendence of spatial and temporal frontiers. While largely engaging with the historical development of space exploration, it shows ...

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George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City
George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City
Julia King

George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City

During his lifetime, the work of architect George Hadfield (1763–1826) was highly regarded, both in England and the United States. Since his death, however, Hadfield's contributions to architecture have slowly faded from view, and few of his buildings survive. In order to reassess Hadfield's career and work, this book draws upon a wide selection of written and visual sources to reconstruct his life and legacy.

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