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The Senses of Humor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 280

The Senses of Humor

Why do modern Americans believe in something called a sense of humor, and how did they come to that belief? Daniel Wickberg traces the relatively short cultural history of the concept to its British origins as a way to explore new conceptions of the self and social order in modern America. More than simply the history of an idea, Wickberg's study provides new insights into a peculiarly modern cultural sensibility. The expression "sense of humor" was first coined in the 1840s, and the idea that such a sense was a personality trait to be valued developed only in the 1870s. What is the relationship between medieval humoral medicine and this distinctively modern idea of the sense of humor? What ...

Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians
  • Language: en
Directory of History Departments and Organizations in the United States and Canada
  • Language: en
Dissertation Abstracts International
  • Language: en

Dissertation Abstracts International

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2005
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Cultural Turn in U. S. History
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 447

The Cultural Turn in U. S. History

An account of one of the most dominant trends in recent historical writing, this book takes stock of the field even as it showcases exemplars of its practice. Taken together, the essays present a broad picture of the state of American cultural-historical scholarship.

Figures in the Carpet
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 506

Figures in the Carpet

Figures in the Carpet presents a stellar roster of first-rate historians dealing seriously with a perennially important subject. The case studies and more theoretical accounts in this book amount to an unusually perceptive assessment of how "the person' has been viewed in American history.

The Protestant Community on Modern Taiwan
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 199

The Protestant Community on Modern Taiwan

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1991
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  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

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Acta P3Œdiatrica
  • Language: en

Acta P3Œdiatrica

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2000
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Acta Pædiatrica
  • Language: en

Acta Pædiatrica

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1999
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Problem South
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

The Problem South

For most historians, the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the hostilities of the Civil War and the dashed hopes of Reconstruction give way to the nationalizing forces of cultural reunion, a process that is said to have downplayed sectional grievances and celebrated racial and industrial harmony. In truth, says Natalie J. Ring, this buoyant mythology competed with an equally powerful and far-reaching set of representations of the backward Problem South--one that shaped and reflected attempts by northern philanthropists, southern liberals, and federal experts to rehabilitate and reform the country's benighted region. Ring rewrites the history of sectional reconciliation and de...