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9 Cultural History Series

A Cultural History of Animals

Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008

A Cultural History of Animals is a multi-volume project on the history of human-animal relations from ancient times to the present. The set of six volumes covers 4500 years of human-animal interaction.

Volume 1: Antiquity to the Dark Ages
Volume 2: The Medieval Age 
Volume 3: The Renaissance 
Volume 4: The Enlightenment 
Volume 5: The Age of Empire 
Volume 6: The Modern Age 

Each volume explores: the sacred and the symbolic (totem, sacrifice, status and popular beliefs), hunting; domestication (taming, breeding, labour and companionship); entertainment and exhibitions (the menagerie, zoos, circuses and carnivals); science and specimens (research, education, collections and museums); philosophical beliefs; and artistic representations. 


A Cultural History of Childhood and Family

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. This set of six volumes covers 2800 years of history, charting the cultural, social, economic, religious, medical and political changes in domestic life.

Volume 1: Antiquity
Volume 2: The Middle Ages
Volume 3: Early Modern Age
Volume 4: The Age of Enlightenment
Volume 5: The Age of Empire
Volume 6: The Modern Age

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: 1. Family Relationships; 2; Community; 3. Economy; 4. Geography and the Environment; 5. Education; 6. Life Cycle; 7. The State; 8. Faith and Religion; 9. Health and Science; 10. World Contexts.


A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. This set of six volumes covers over 2,500 years of dress and fashion.

Volume 1: Antiquity
Volume 2: The Medieval Age
Volume 3: The Renaissance 
Volume 4: The Age of Enlightenment 
Volume 5: The Age of Empire
Volume 6: The Modern Age 

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: 1. Textiles 2. Production and Distribution 3. The Body 4. Belief 5. Gender and Sexuality 6. Status 7. Ethnicity 8. Visual Representations 9. Literary Representations


A Cultural History of Food

A Cultural History of Food presents a comprehensive, authoritative overview of food from ancient times to the present. Together, the six volumes cover almost 3,000 years of food and its physical, spiritual, social and cultural dimensions. The periods covered are:

Volume 1: Antiquity 
Volume 2: The Medieval Age 
Volume 3: The Renaissance 
Volume 4: The Early Modern Age 
Volume 5: The Age of Empire 
Volume 6: The Modern Age 

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: 1. Food Production 2. Food Systems 3. Food Security, Safety and Crises 4. Food and Politics 5. Eating Out 6. Professional Cooking, Kitchens and Service Work 7. Family and Domesticity 8.Body and Soul 9. Food Representations 10. World Developments. 


A Cultural History of Gardens

A Cultural History of Gardens presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. This set of six volumes covers over 2500 years of gardens as physical, social and artistic spaces.

Volume 1: Antiquity
Volume 2: The Medieval Age
Volume 3: The Renaissance
Volume 4: The Age of Enlightenment
Volume 5: The Age of Empire
Volume 6: The Modern Age

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: 1. Design 2. Types of Gardens 3. Planting 4. Use and Reception 5. Meaning 6. Verbal Representations 7. Visual Representations 8. Gardens and the Larger Landscape.

A Cultural History of the Human Body

A Cultural History of the Human Body presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. This set of six volumes covers 2800 years of the human body as a physical, social, spiritual and cultural object.

Volume 1: Antiquity 
Volume 2: The Medieval Age 
Volume 3: The Renaissance 
Volume 4: The Enlightenment 
Volume 5: The Age of Empire
Volume 6: The Modern Age

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: 1. Birth and Death 2. Health and Disease 3. Sex & Sexuality 4. Medical Knowledge and Technology 5. Popular Beliefs 6. Beauty and Concepts of the Ideal 7. Marked Bodies I: Gender, Race, Class, Age, Disability and Disease 8. Marked Bodies II: the Bestial, the Divine and the Natural 9. Cultural Representations of the Body 10. The Self and Society.


A Cultural History of the Senses

What did the past sound like, taste like, smell like? How did it look and feel? How did people make sense of the world through their senses? These are questions which are increasingly capturing the interest of historians. A Cultural History of the Senses delves into the sensory foundations of Western civilization and provides a broad understanding of the life of the senses from antiquity to the modern day.

Volume 1: Antiquity 
Volume 2: The Medieval Age 
Volume 3: The Renaissance 
Volume 4: The Age of Enlightenment 
Volume 5: The Age of Empire 
Volume 6: The Modern Age 

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: The Social Life of the Senses; Urban Sensations; The Senses in the Marketplace; The Senses in Religion; The Senses in Philosophy and Science; Medicine and the Senses; The Senses in Literature; Art and the Senses; and Sensory Media.


A Cultural History of Sexuality

A Cultural History of Sexuality presents an overarching survey from ancient times to the present. With six volumes covering 2800 years, this is the most authoritative history of sexuality in all its many forms across Western cultures.

Volume 1: The Classical World
Volume 2: The Middle Ages
Volume 3: The Renaissance
Volume 4: The Enlightenment
Volume 5: The Age of Empire
Volume 6: The Modern Age

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: 1. Heterosexuality; 2. Homosexuality; 3. Sexual Variations; 4. Sex Religion, and the Law; 5. Sex, Medicine and Disease; 6. Sex, Popular Beliefs and Culture; 7. Prostitution; 8. Erotica. This means readers can either have a broad overview of a period by reading a volume or follow a theme through history by reading the relevant chapter in each volume.


A Cultural History of Women

A Cultural History of Women presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. With six volumes covering 2500 years, this is the most authoritative history available of women in Western cultures.

Volume 1: Antiquity
Volume 2: The Middle Ages
Volume 3: The Renaissance
Volume 4: The Age of Enlightenment
Volume 5: The Age of Empire
Volume 6: The Modern Age

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: the Life Cycle; Bodies and Sexuality; Religion and Popular Beliefs; Medicine and Disease; Public and Private Worlds; Education and Work; Power; and Artistic Representation.