The Gospel Working Up Progress and the Pulpit in Nineteenth-Century Virginia

History / Military

Beth Barton Schweiger, „The Gospel Working Up: Progress and the Pulpit in Nineteenth-Century Virginia“
Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages by Mark R. Cohen
Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World) by Elisheva Baumgarten
Fabric of Vision: Dress and Drapery in Painting by Anne Hollander
Susanne Oxenstierna, „The Challenges for Russia’s Politicized Economic System“

Beth Barton Schweiger, „The Gospel Working Up: Progress and the Pulpit in Nineteenth-Century Virginia“

2000 | pages: 280 | ISBN: 0195111958 | PDF | 1,7 mb

The Gospel Working Up offers a history of three generations of Baptist and Methodist clergymen in nineteenth-century Virginia, and through them of the congregations and communities in which they lived and worked. Schweiger examines the religious experience both before and after the Civil War, showing how Southern Protestantism became an instrument of spiritual, moral, material, and cultural progress.

Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages by Mark R. Cohen

English | August 24, 2008 | ISBN: 0691139318, 0691033781 | PDF | 328 pages | 22.6 MB

Did Muslims and Jews in the Middle Ages cohabit in a peaceful „interfaith utopia“? Or were Jews under Muslim rule persecuted, much as they were in Christian lands? Rejecting both polemically charged ideas as myths, Mark Cohen offers a systematic comparison of Jewish life in medieval Islam and Christendom–and the first in-depth explanation of why medieval Islamic-Jewish relations, though not utopic, were less confrontational and violent than those between Christians and Jews in the West.
Under Crescent and Cross has been translated into Turkish, Hebrew, German, Arabic, French, and Spanish, and its historic message continues to be relevant across continents and time. This updated edition, which contains an important new introduction and afterword by the author, serves as a great companion to the original.

Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World) by Elisheva Baumgarten

English | July 26, 2004 | ISBN: 0691091668, 0691130299 | PDF | 320 pages | 3.7 MB

This book presents a synthetic history of the family–the most basic building block of medieval Jewish communities–in Germany and northern France during the High Middle Ages. Concentrating on the special roles of mothers and children, it also advances recent efforts to write a comparative Jewish-Christian social history.
Elisheva Baumgarten draws on a rich trove of primary sources to give a full portrait of medieval Jewish family life during the period of childhood from birth to the beginning of formal education at age seven. Illustrating the importance of understanding Jewish practice in the context of Christian society and recognizing the shared foundations in both societies, Baumgarten’s examination of Jewish and Christian practices and attitudes is explicitly comparative. Her analysis is also wideranging, covering nearly every aspect of home life and childrearing, including pregnancy, midwifery, birth and initiation rituals, nursing, sterility, infanticide, remarriage, attitudes toward mothers and fathers, gender hierarchies, divorce, widowhood, early education, and the place of children in the home, synagogue, and community.
A richly detailed and deeply researched contribution to our understanding of the relationship between Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors, Mothers and Children provides a key analysis of the history of Jewish families in medieval Ashkenaz.

Fabric of Vision: Dress and Drapery in Painting by Anne Hollander

English | September 22nd, 2016 | ISBN: 1474251641, 9781474251648 | 209 pages | True PDF | 5.32 MB

Clothing appears in all forms of figurative painting, often taking up two thirds of a frame; yet it can often go unnoticed. Far more than a simple means of identifying the status or occupation of a figure, clothes and cloth are used creatively by artists to hint at ambiguities in character, adjust the emotional temperature, direct the eye or make subtle allusions.
Drawing on works by artists over a period of six centuries, from Giotto to El Greco, Matisse to Cindy Sherman, the author reveals through paintings, fashion plates, photographs and film stills how drapery in art evolved from Renaissance extravagance to Neoclassical simplicity at the end of the 18th century, and has extended to infinite uses in all genres of Modern art.
First published in 2002 to accompany an exhibition of the same name at the National Gallery, London, this beautifully illustrated – and beautifully written – book by pioneering art historian and critic Anne Hollander, is reissued with a new Foreword by Valerie Steele. As penetrating and insightful as when it was first published, it remains a must-read for today’s generation of students and anyone with an interest in art and fashion.

Susanne Oxenstierna, „The Challenges for Russia’s Politicized Economic System“

2015 | ISBN-10: 113879662X, 1138554200 | 266 pages | PDF | 2 MB

During the early 2000s the market liberalization reforms to the Russian economy, begun in the 1990s, were consolidated. But since the mid 2000s economic policy has moved into a new phase, characterized by more state intervention with less efficiency and more structural problems. Corruption, weak competitiveness, heavy dependency on energy exports, an unbalanced labour market, and unequal regional development are trends that have arisen and which, this book argues, will worsen unless the government changes direction. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the current Russian economic system, highlighting especially structural and institutional defects, and areas where political considerations are causing distortions, and puts forward proposals on how the present situation could be remedied.