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A Jewish Boyhood in Poland - Remembering Kolbuszowa (Paperback, New Ed): Norman Salsitz A Jewish Boyhood in Poland - Remembering Kolbuszowa (Paperback, New Ed)
Norman Salsitz
R395 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R75 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A recollection of a Jewish childhood and the traditional way of life in a small Polish town before the Nazi invasion, as told by Salsitz to Skolnik. Kolbuszowa was a thriving town of 4,000 people before World War II; it is gone now, destroyed by the people themselves at the orders of the Nazis.

Canaanites (Hardcover): Jonathan N. Tubb Canaanites (Hardcover)
Jonathan N. Tubb
R438 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R84 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Canaanites explores the ancient population of the Western Levant (Israel, Transjordan, Lebanon, and coastal Syria), examining the development of its distinctive culture from the early farming communities of the eighth millennium B.C. to the fragmentation of its social and cultural ideals in the latter half of the first millennium B.C.

Jonathan N. Tubb makes judicious use of the Hebrew Bible in describing Canaanite culture. He views the Bible as a rich resource for understanding the literary and theological heritage of Israel, which he classifies as a subculture of Canaan. At the same time he reveals the limitations of the Bible as a historical document, arguing that to reconstruct the Canaanites' history we must first look at the archaeological data.

Tubb stresses the continuity of Canaanite civilization, portraying events such as the imposition of Egyptian imperial rule and the development of historical Israel as episodic interruptions. He also looks at the role of the Canaanites in the international trading community of the ancient Mediterranean, examining their interactions with neighbouring countries and the effects of these contacts on the material culture of Canaan in particular and the Near East in general.

The Golden Republic (Paperback): T.V. Bulpin The Golden Republic (Paperback)
T.V. Bulpin
R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

In the story of the The Golden Republic, Bulpin sets a stage on which we meet some of the strangest characters that fate had ever attached to the puppet strings of destiny. The grim Mzilikazi; the hot-headed Hendrik Potgieter and his trekkers; prospectors like Charlie the Reefer; gaudy rogues like Gunn of Gunn and his Highlanders; bandits, highwaymen, rand lords, gold rushers, to name just a few. He tells of leaders like Pretorius and Kruger, and many others who each played a part in establishing the Republic of the Transvaal – a seemingly impossible task considering all the small wars and skirmishes on the veld and the rumble of arguments rising out of each farmhouse. In his remarkably engaging style of writing he sketches scenes of rough but beautiful land, which must have been fascinating to explorers who roamed about the old Transvaal with all its scenic novelties where every turn yielded some marvel for the geologist, the botanist, or the zoologist. The Golden Republic tells of the adventure that raised the Republic to its peak and the complex intrigues that brought it down to the dust; of misfortune and riches, and despair of such magnitude that the birth of a Republic seemed inevitable considering the economic disaster it at times experienced … Until gold poked out its shiny head and gave hope again. The characters who crowded into diggers’ towns were some of the wildest and most colourful ever known in the Transvaal. From all over South Africa they flocked to the scene, in the hope of finding fortune. Most of them were just opportunists, who knew nothing about gold except how to spend it. This is a brilliant book of the birth, life and death of the old Republic written in the tell-tale style Bulpin does so well.

Feminizing Venereal Disease - The Body of the Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century Medical Discourse (Paperback): Mary Spongberg Feminizing Venereal Disease - The Body of the Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century Medical Discourse (Paperback)
Mary Spongberg
R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"An interesting book for anyone who is interested in the history of venereal disease. It provides some interesting facts to consider about women and venereal disease and makes the reader aware that women have taken a bad rap for many centuries and that bad rap is slowly being transferred to the gays in this age of AIDS. Recommended for all academic and medical libraries."
"--AIDS Book Review Journal"

In 1497 the local council of a small town in Scotland issued an order that all light women--women suspected of prostitution-- be branded with a hot iron on their face. In late eighteenth- century England, the body of the prostitute became almost synonymous with venereal disease as doctors drew up detailed descriptions of the abnormal and degenerate traits of fallen women. Throughout much of history, popular and medical knowledge has held women, especially promiscuous women, as the source of venereal disease. In Feminizing Venereal Disease, Mary Spongberg provides a critical examination of this practice by examining the construction of venereal disease in 19th century Britain.

Spongberg argues that despite the efforts of doctors to treat medicine as a pure science, medical knowledge was greatly influenced by cultural assumptions and social and moral codes. By revealing the symbolic importance of the prostitute as the source of social disease in Victorian England, Spongberg presents a forceful argument about the gendering of nineteenth- century medicine. In a fascinating use of history to enlighten contemporary discourse, the book concludes with a compelling discussion of the impact of Victorian notions of the body on current discussions of HIV/AIDS, arguing that AIDS, likesyphilis in the nineteenth century, has become a feminized disease.

Syracuse University, Vol. V - The Corbally and Eggers Years, 1969-1991 (Hardcover, New ed.): John Robert Greene Syracuse University, Vol. V - The Corbally and Eggers Years, 1969-1991 (Hardcover, New ed.)
John Robert Greene
R585 R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Save R124 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The legacy of William Tolley cuts a wide swath in the history of both Syracuse University and the community. He was one of several 'giant', to borrow Clark Kerr's phrase, who made significant changes to the landscape of higher education.

Lost Trails of the Cimarron (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Harry E. Chrisman Lost Trails of the Cimarron (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Harry E. Chrisman
R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Lost Trails of the Cimarron is Harry Chrisman's folk history of nineteenth-century Cimarron country -- southwestern Kansas, southeastern Colorado, and the neutral strip Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. Buffalo hunters entered the area in violation of the Medicine Lodge Treaty. The cowboys and settlers who followed formed a vast economy based on grass and beef, the beginnings of prominent cattle ranches such as the Westmoreland-Hitch Outfit.

Chrisman details the history of the outlaws and ruffians of "No Man's Land" trail drives to Dodge City and beyond. Numerous illustrations accompany the anecdotes and stories of various frontier personalities. A new foreword by Jim Hoy also appears in this edition.

The Life and Times of a Very British Man (Paperback): Kamal Ahmed The Life and Times of a Very British Man (Paperback)
Kamal Ahmed 1
R236 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R46 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Full of charm' GUARDIAN

'An account of what being British means'

'Captures a country in transition ... You can't fail to be moved' THE TIMES

Kamal Ahmed's childhood was very 'British' in every way - except for the fact that he was brown. Half English, half Sudanese, he was raised at a time when being mixed-race meant being told to go home, even when you were born just down the road.

'Ahmed grew up as a mixed-race kid in west London in the seventies, and his book charts the progress (sometimes slow and now without a few setbacks along the way) that our country has made on race issues since then. Brilliant' Rohan Silva, Evening Standard

Sports and American Jew (Paperback, New): Steven A. Riess Sports and American Jew (Paperback, New)
Steven A. Riess
R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A collection of nine essays that delve into the relationship between Jewish Americans and the culture of sports. The book analyzes assimilation and acculturation, discrimination, gender, social class, and the building of a Jewish American community.

Anthony Powell - Dancing to the Music of Time (Paperback): Hilary Spurling Anthony Powell - Dancing to the Music of Time (Paperback)
Hilary Spurling 1
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017 in The Sunday Times, Spectator, Mail on Sunday, Observer and Financial Times 'A landmark biography' The Times, Books of the Year 'One of our generation's greatest biographers' London Review of Books 'Witty, spirited, richly crowded with incident and character - a joy to read' Prospect From the author of the prize-winning Matisse The Master comes an essential biography of one of 20th century Britain's greatest literary minds Anthony Powell: the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an epic twelve spectacular volume cyle of novels about twentieth century British society. This comic masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, capturing Britain through war and peace in all its eccentricity. And it was inspired by the author's own life immersed in rich social intrigue - debutante balls, penniless muses, publisher feuds, summers on the French Riviera, weekend parties at country houses, and friendships with everyone from Evelyn Waugh to Graham Greene to VS Naipaul... Hilary Spurling brings all this back to vivid life, investigating the friends, relations, lovers and acquaintances, fools and savants who surrounded Anthony Powell, and who he immortalised in his magnificent literary legacy. * Discover Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time series, available in paperback and e-book from Arrow.

The Cambridge Companion to Sayyid Ahmad Khan (Paperback): Yasmin Saikia, M. Raisur Rahman The Cambridge Companion to Sayyid Ahmad Khan (Paperback)
Yasmin Saikia, M. Raisur Rahman
R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This volume examines Sayyid Ahmad Khan's life, his contribution, and legacy in the context of current times. The editors engage his writings, ideas, and activities to read and present his work critically, not as a biographical account of his life but approach his work keeping in mind the tumultuous political events and changes of the nineteenth century, after the failed revolt of 1857 when Indians were transformed into colonial subjects. The collective anxieties of the Indian communities, particularly the Muslims, cried out for a new local leadership; Sayyid Ahmad Khan rose up to this occasion etching the way forward for Indians, in general, and Muslims in particular. Sayyid Ahmad Khan's multifaceted work offers an important understanding for national thinking emerging from the location of the Muslim, but it is not a 'minority' voice with vested political interests rather a constructive and integrative voice of relevance even today for addressing difficult problems.

A New Century (Paperback): Lynette C. Ross A New Century (Paperback)
Lynette C. Ross
R193 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R35 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Nellie and Martha were friends for as long as they could remember. Then Nellie went away to college, and Martha stayed home in their New England village. They kept in touch by writing letters. This book contains excerpts from what they wore in the years 1897-1899. As the story begins, in the fall of 1897, women were still 'pioneering' when they went to college. Some people feared that intellectual pursuits were too hard on the 'delicate sex'. Women who went to college were preparing themselves for their role in society as wives and mothers, or if necessary, to fill the need for secondary school teachers. Women had few ways to earn a livingteaching, nursing, factory jobs, domestic work. A very few became writers or doctors. Most young women looked forward to a happy marriage.

Syracuse China (Hardcover, New): Cleota Reed Syracuse China (Hardcover, New)
Cleota Reed
R1,154 R880 Discovery Miles 8 800 Save R274 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Of great importance to scholars, collectors, dealers, and others interested in the history of ceramics, the decorative arts, and industrial culture, Syracuse China examines the birth, growth, and remarkable resilience over more than a century of one of America's major manufacturers of ceramic tableware. Drawing on the company's archives and historical collection of ware, the authors explore not only the history of its products but also the people who designed, made, decorated, sold, and used them.

Syracuse China was the pioneer manufacturer of a distinctively American type of vitrified fine china, as well as the first American "rolled edge" shapes which revolutionized hotel and restaurant dining. The company was also a great leader in labor relations and marketing within its industry.

Cleota Reed and Stan Skoczen's lively account of this fascinating chapter in the history of American material culture spans the Victorian age to the present. Collectors and enthusiasts will find the following features invaluable:
-- 30 color plates
-- 128 black-and-white photographs
-- A comprehensive visual listing of Syracuse China's back stamps
-- An appendix that enables the reader to identify Syracuse China shapes and patterns.

Alias Frank Canton (Paperback, New edition): Robert K. DeArment Alias Frank Canton (Paperback, New edition)
Robert K. DeArment
R550 Discovery Miles 5 500 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Here for the first time is the complete life story of the controversial lawman Frank Canton, born Joe Horner, who, after conviction and imprisonment for armed robbery, escaped to change his name and transform himself into an ambitious, hard-working peace officer pursuing felons all over the western frontier for almost half a century. Canton was active in widely separate sections of the country - Texas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Alaska - during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth. Western historian Robert K. DeArment has tracked down the facts of the mysterious Canton's early life and misdeeds in Texas; his participation in the Johnson County War as an agent of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association; his pursuit of the Daltons, Bill Doolin, and other outlaws in Oklahoma Territory; his experiences as a peace officer and gold prospector in Alaska; his career as a bounty hunter; and his ultimate success as adjutant general of the new state of Oklahoma. Based on exhaustive study of primary materials - court records, contemporary periodicals, and Canton's own writings and memorabilia collected during his lifetime - this fast-paced, objective biography will give readers unique insights into the legendary Canton's eventful life and a better understanding of how the rule of law was brought to the West by six-guns.

Milk of Paradise - A History of Opium (Paperback): Lucy  Inglis Milk of Paradise - A History of Opium (Paperback)
Lucy Inglis 1
R277 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R91 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Lucy Inglis has done a wonderful job bringing together a wide range of sources to tell the history of the most exciting and dangerous plants in the world. Telling the story of opium tells us much about our faults and foibles as humans – our willingness to experiment; our ability to become addicts; our pursuit of money. This book tells us more than about opium; it tells us about ourselves.' - Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

‘The only thing that is good is poppies. They are gold.’

Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl: humankind has been in thrall to the ‘Milk of Paradise’ for millennia. The latex of papaver somniferum is a bringer of sleep, of pleasurable lethargy, of relief from pain – and hugely addictive. A commodity without rival, it is renewable, easy to extract, transport and refine, and subject to an insatiable global demand.

No other substance in the world is as simple to produce or as profitable. It is the basis of a gargantuan industry built upon a shady underworld, but ultimately it is a farm-gate material that lives many lives before it reaches the branded blister packet, the intravenous drip or the scorched and filthy spoon. Many of us will end our lives dependent on it.

In Milk of Paradise, acclaimed cultural historian Lucy Inglis takes readers on an epic journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America and Afghanistan, from Sanskrit to pop, from poppy tears to smack, from morphine to today’s synthetic opiates. It is a tale of addiction, trade, crime, sex, war, literature, medicine and, above all, money. And, as this ambitious, wide-ranging and compelling account vividly shows, the history of opium is our history and it speaks to us of who we are.

The Cowboy - An Unconventional History of Civilization on the Old-time Cattle Range (Paperback, Rev and Enlarged ed.): Philip... The Cowboy - An Unconventional History of Civilization on the Old-time Cattle Range (Paperback, Rev and Enlarged ed.)
Philip Ashton Rollins
R397 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R75 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The American cowboy has long been a popular figure in fiction, motion pictures, and studies of the West, but over the years inaccuracies have crept in, distorting the image of the real cowboy. Philip Ashton Rollins, in "The Cowboy," sets out to provide a complete, accurate handbook on the everyday life of the cowboy--trailing, herding, branding, round-up, and horsebreaking. He also discusses tools of the trade, including types of saddles, bits, riatas, boots, and spurs. Most vivid is his presentation of the cowboy's personality, code, mores, and amusements.

Rutland  Road, Second Edition (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Jim Shaughnessy Rutland Road, Second Edition (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Jim Shaughnessy
R1,365 R1,041 Discovery Miles 10 410 Save R324 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"One of the best railroad histories, a well-balanced mix of text and photography.... (The book) represents a standard of excellence for this genre, one which few other publications will be able to surpass but all can adopt as an example". -- Railroad History

Possessing the flavor of all scenic New England railroads, the Rutland Railroad ran through Vermont and northern New York for more than a hundred years. Surviving bankruptcy, floods, and strikes, it competed with larger, stronger lines and struggled to operate on a smaller scale. Shaughnessy's The Rutland Road is a sweeping chronicle from preconstruction in 1831 to the twentieth century. Filled with over 500 photographs, the book contains some of the author's finest camera work. It will be of interest to railroad devotees, historians, and photographers.

Complete Cut and Engraved Glass of Corning (Paperback, Syracuse Univ PR ed.): Estelle F. Sinclaire Complete Cut and Engraved Glass of Corning (Paperback, Syracuse Univ PR ed.)
Estelle F. Sinclaire
R623 R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Save R124 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"The well-illustrated volume (over 750 illustrations, including some previously unpublished catalog material from the Corning archives) provides a history of the Corning glass industry from 1868 to the present. The contribution to American glass of Corning has been significant. (This book) is a careful and well-merited record of that achievement". -- The Antiques Journal

"(Recommended by) Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen.... A classic consulted by curators everywhere". -- House Beautiful

"A treasure hunter's find.... The authors provide exhaustive detail in relating the history of Coming during the period which led to its reputation as the Crystal City". -- New York Pennsylvania Collector

Invaluable for the collector, curator, and dealer alike, this classic edition brings to the field of glass collecting a rich store-house of detailed information of unpublished original catalog material from the Corning archives, including long-lost pattern identification.

A priceless aid to anyone trying to identify pieces of cut or engraved glass, the book is an in-depth account of Corning's history -- including craftsmen and technique -- and its unparalleled prestige as the country's largest producer of cut glass at the turn of the century. This book has been updated to reflect the present-day locations (museum or private residences) where the pieces are currently displayed. The Afterword describes the Corning Glass works and its activities of the last twenty years.

Riemvasmaak - Hartland, Harde Land (Afrikaans, Paperback): Euodia Engels Riemvasmaak - Hartland, Harde Land (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Euodia Engels
R91 Discovery Miles 910 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

Hierdie is die verhaal van die mense van Riemvasmaak in die Noord-Kaap wat in 1973 na Namibie verskuif is sodat die Suid-Afrikaanse weermag die gebied as oefenterrein kon gebruik. In 1994 is die Riemvasmakers, meesal Namas, na hulle geboortegrond teruggeneem. "Hoe kanne mens vi altyd ris sonne lat jou Riemvasmaakgoete styf neffens jou lyf innie sidecar is?" vra Petrus Loeriesfontein in hierdie titel.

Melancholia Of Freedom - Social Life In An Indian Township In South Africa (Paperback): Thomas Blom Hansen Melancholia Of Freedom - Social Life In An Indian Township In South Africa (Paperback)
Thomas Blom Hansen
R165 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R34 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

The end of apartheid in 1994 signalled a moment of freedom and a promise of a non-racial future. With this promise came an injunction: define yourself as you truly are, as an individual, and as a community. Almost two decades later it is clear that it was less the prospect of that future than the habits and horizons of anxious life in racially defined enclaves that determined post-apartheid freedom. In this book, Thomas Blom Hansen offers an in-depth analysis of the uncertainties, dreams, and anxieties that have accompanied post-apartheid freedoms in Chatsworth, a formerly Indian township in Durban. Exploring five decades of township life, Hansen tells the stories of ordinary Indians whose lives were radicalized and framed by the township, and how these residents domesticated and inhabited this urban space and its institutions, during apartheid and after. Hansen demonstrates the complex and ambivalent nature of ordinary township life. While the ideology of apartheid was widely rejected, its practical institutions, from urban planning to houses, schools, and religious spaces, were embraced in order to remake the community. Hansen describes how the racial segmentation of South African society still informs daily life, notions of race, personhood, morality, and religious ethics. He also demonstrates the force of global religious imaginings that promise a universal and inclusive community amid uncertain lives and futures in the postapartheid nation-state.

Feminizing Venereal Disease - The Body of the Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century Medical Discourse (Hardcover, New): Mary... Feminizing Venereal Disease - The Body of the Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century Medical Discourse (Hardcover, New)
Mary Spongberg
R1,963 Discovery Miles 19 630 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In 1497 the local council of a small town in Scotland issued an order that all light women--women suspected of prostitution-- be branded with a hot iron on their face. In late eighteenth- century England, the body of the prostitute became almost synonymous with venereal disease as doctors drew up detailed descriptions of the abnormal and degenerate traits of fallen women. Throughout much of history, popular and medical knowledge has held women, especially promiscuous women, as the source of venereal disease. In Feminizing Venereal Disease, Mary Spongberg provides a critical examination of this practice by examining the construction of venereal disease in 19th century Britain.

Spongberg argues that despite the efforts of doctors to treat medicine as a pure science, medical knowledge was greatly influenced by cultural assumptions and social and moral codes. By revealing the symbolic importance of the prostitute as the source of social disease in Victorian England, Spongberg presents a forceful argument about the gendering of nineteenth- century medicine. In a fascinating use of history to enlighten contemporary discourse, the book concludes with a compelling discussion of the impact of Victorian notions of the body on current discussions of HIV/AIDS, arguing that AIDS, like syphilis in the nineteenth century, has become a feminized disease.

Cherokee Messenger (Paperback, New edition): Althea Bass Cherokee Messenger (Paperback, New edition)
Althea Bass; Foreword by William L. Anderson
R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"He is wise; he has something to say. Let us call him 'A-tse-nu-sti, ' the messenger". This is the story of Reverend Samuel Austin Worcester (1798-1859), "messenger" and missionary to the Cherokees from 1825 to 1859 under the auspices of the American Board of Foreign Missions (Congregational). He set Sequoyah's alphabet in type so that he and Elias Boudinot could print the bilingual Cherokee Phoenix. After removal to Indian Territory, he helped establish the Cherokee Advocate, edited by William Ross, and issued almanacs, gospels, hymnals, bibles, and other books in the Cherokee, Creek, and Choctaw languages. He served the Cherokees in numerous roles, including those of preacher, teacher, postmaster, legal advisor, doctor, and organizer of temperance societies. In the foreword to this new edition, William L. Anderson discusses Worcester's life among the Cherokees.

"Mrs. Bass's book is important not only as biography, but as Cherokee history. In it are related the shady details of the 'treaty council' of New Echota which resulted in the spurious document of December 29, 1835, yielding to removal, that was not signed by chief John Ross or any other official of the Cherokee nation". -- Ethnohistory.

"The book carries much interesting and colorful matter descriptive of life among the Cherokees and in missionary stations". -- New York Times Book Review.

Paisanos, Los - Spanish Settlers on the Northern Frontier of New Spain (Paperback): Oakah L. Jones Paisanos, Los - Spanish Settlers on the Northern Frontier of New Spain (Paperback)
Oakah L. Jones
R725 Discovery Miles 7 250 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

We all know of the Spanish explorers, soldiers, and missionaries who came north from Mexico into the American Southwest and then withdrew, leaving Christianized Indians, Spanish place-names, and sturdy adobe forts and churches. But little has been written about the colonists sent by Spanish authorities to settle the northern frontier of New Spain, to stake Spain's claim and serve as a buffer against encroaching French explorers. "Los paisanos", they were called - simple country people who lived by their own labor, isolated, threatened by hostile Indians, and restricted by law from seeking opportunity elsewhere. They built their homes, worked their fields, and became permanent residents - the forebears of United States citizens - as they developed their own society and culture, much of which survives today. In the preface to this paperback edition, Oakah L. Jones, Jr., updates the text with recent scholarship on the settlers.

Mother Donit Fore the Best - Correspondence of a Nineteenth- Century Orphan Asylum (Paperback, New ed.): Judith Gusky Mother Donit Fore the Best - Correspondence of a Nineteenth- Century Orphan Asylum (Paperback, New ed.)
Judith Gusky
R381 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R75 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

These letters from the Albany Orphan Asylum in New York demonstrate how institutions in the late 19th century provided a social service. The volume comprises letters from parents to their children and to the asylum superintendents, as well as letters from children placed out to indenture.

Cracks in the Iron Closet - Travels in Gay and Lesbian Russia (Paperback, 2nd ed.): David Tuller Cracks in the Iron Closet - Travels in Gay and Lesbian Russia (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
David Tuller; Foreword by Frank Browning
R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

David Tuller provides the first look into the emotional and sexual lives of Russian lesbians and gays and the pervasive influence of the state on gay life. Part travelogue, part social history, and part journalistic inquiry, the book challenges our assumptions about what it means to be gay. The book also explores key issues in Russia and Soviet life, including concepts of friendship, community, gender, love, fate, and the relationship between the public and private spheres.
"Tuller's observant reporting and personal experiences make for absorbing reading: the human comedy rendered in unexpected ways."--"New Yorker"
"Anyone who thinks San Francisco is the world capital of sexual polymorphism should read this book."--Adam Goodheart, "Washington Post"
"[This book is] is profoundly moving."--Jim Van Buskirk, "San Francisco Chronicle"

The View From the Corner Shop - The Diary of a Yorkshire Shop Assistant in Wartime (Paperback, Paperback Original): Kathleen... The View From the Corner Shop - The Diary of a Yorkshire Shop Assistant in Wartime (Paperback, Paperback Original)
Kathleen Hey, Patricia Malcolmson; Edited by Robert Malcomson 1
R190 R128 Discovery Miles 1 280 Save R62 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A lively diary chronicling the ups and downs of running a grocery shop in a Yorkshire town during the rationing years of the Second World War Kathleen Hey spent the war years helping her sister and brother-in-law run a grocery shop in the Yorkshire town of Dewsbury. From July 1941 to July 1946 she kept a diary for the Mass-Observation project, recording the thoughts and concerns of the people who used the shop. What makes Kathleen's account such a vivid and compelling read is the immediacy of her writing. People were pulling together on the surface ('Bert has painted the V-sign on the shop door...', she writes) but there are plenty of tensions underneath. The shortage of food and the extreme difficulty of obtaining it is a constant thread, which dominates conversation in the town, more so even than the danger of bombardment and the war itself. Sometimes events take a comic turn. A lack of onions provokes outrage among her customers, and Kathleen writes, 'I believe they think we have secret onion orgies at night and use them all up.' The Brooke Bond tea rep complains that tea need not be rationed at all if supply ships were not filled with 'useless goods' such as Corn Flakes, and there is a long-running saga about the non-arrival of Smedley's peas. Among the chorus of voices she brings us, Kathleen herself shines through as a strong and engaging woman who refuses to give in to doubts or misery and who maintains her keen sense of humour even under the most trying conditions. A vibrant addition to our records of the Second World War, the power of her diary lies in its juxtaposition of the everyday and the extraordinary, the homely and the universal, small town life and the wartime upheavals of a nation.

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