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16 Cultural History Series

A Cultural History of Animals

Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008
Part of the Core Collection

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

Part of the Core Collection

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

Part of the Core Collection

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 the Emotions

Part of the 2019-20 Collection

Across 6 Volumes, A Cultural History of the Emotions explores how emotions have changed over the course of human history, but also how emotions have themselves created and changed history.

Volume 1: Antiquity 
Volume 2: The Medieval Age 
Volume 3: The Late Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age 
Volume 4: The Baroque and Enlightenment Age 
Volume 5: The Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire 
Volume 6: the Modern and Post-Modern Age 

Each volume in the series encompasses interdisciplinary work on the emotions, covering: medical, scientific, religious and intellectual history, how they have been performed and represented and how they were enacted in social practices on both a personal and public level.


A Cultural History of Food

Part of the Core Collection

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

Part of the Core Collection

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 Hair

Part of the 2018-19 Collection

How have our attitudes to hair changed over time? In what ways have new technologies influenced hair-related practices and beliefs? Is hair just about fashion or does it express social, spiritual, and cultural meanings? In a work that spans nearly 3,000 years these ambitious questions are addressed by 60 experts, each contributing their overview of a theme applied to a period in history. With the help of a broad range of case material they illustrate trends and nuances of the culture of hair in Western societies from ancient times to the present.

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: Religion and Ritualized Belief; Self and Society; Fashion and Adornment; Production and Practice; Health and Hygiene; Gender and Sexuality; Race and Ethnicity; Class and Social Status; and Cultural Representations.

A Cultural History of the Human Body

Part of the Core Collection

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 Law

Part of the 2018-19 Collection

How have legal ideas and institutions affected Western culture? And how has the law itself been shaped by its cultural context? In a work spanning 4,500 years, these questions are addressed by 57 experts, each contributing an authoritative study of a theme applied to a period in history. Supported by detailed case material and over 230 illustrations, the volumes examine trends and nuances of the culture of law in Western societies from antiquity to the present.

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

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: Justice; Constitution; Codes; Agreements; Arguments; Property and Possession; Wrongs; and the Legal Profession.

A Cultural History of Money

Part of the 2019-20 Collection

In a work that spans 4,500 years, 54 experts capture money's complexities in both substance and form.

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

Themes (and chapter titles) are: Money and its Technologies; Money and its Ideas; Money, Ritual, and Religion; Money and the Everyday; Money, Art, and Representation; Money and its Interpretation; Money and the Issues of the Age.


A Cultural History of the Senses

Part of the Core Collection

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

Part of the Core Collection

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 Theatre

Part of the Core Collection

A Cultural History of Theatre presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. The set of six volumes covers a span of 2,500 years, tracing the complexity of the interactions between theatre and culture.

Volume 1: Antiquity
Volume 2: The Middle Ages
Volume 3: The 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: Institutional Frameworks; Social Functions; Sexuality and Gender; The Environment of Theatre; Circulation; Interpretations; Communities of Production; Repertoire and Genres; Technologies of Performance; Knowledge Transmission: Media and Memory. 

A Cultural History of Western Empires

Part of the 2018-19 Collection

A Cultural History of Western Empires presents historians, and scholars and students of related fields, with the first comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of empire from ancient times to modernity.

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: War; Trade; Natural Worlds; Labor; Mobility; Sexuality; Resistance; and Race.


A Cultural History of Women

Part of the Core Collection

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. 


A Cultural History of Work

Part of the 2018-19 Collection

How has our relationship with ‘work’ changed for different cultures over the centuries? What effect has it had on politics, art and religion? In a work that spans 2,500 years these ambitious questions are addressed by 63 experts, each contributing their overview of a theme applied to a period in history. With the help of a broad range of case material they illustrate broad trends and nuances of the culture of work in Western culture from antiquity to the present.

Volume 1: Antiquity
Volume 2: The Medieval Age
Volume 3: The 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: The Economy of Work; Picturing Work; Work and Workplaces; Workplace Cultures; Work, Skill and Technology; Work and Mobility; The Political Culture of Work; and Work and Leisure.