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Secular Damnation: Thomas Jefferson And The Imperative Of Race, Robert Forbes Dec 2012

Secular Damnation: Thomas Jefferson And The Imperative Of Race, Robert Forbes

Robert P Forbes

Race, we are told, is a “social construction.” If this is so, Thomas Jefferson was its principal architect. Jefferson consciously framed his only published book, Notes on the State of Virginia, to check the rising status of Africans and to combat growing critiques of slavery from America’s European friends. Jefferson did this by importing the slaveholder’s sense of slaves as chattel into an Enlightenment world view, providing a metaphysical foundation for prejudice by transmuting the traditional Christian concept of the saved vs. the damned into material and aesthetic terms. Recasting in quasi-scientific language the ancient doctrine of the ...


Postmodern Musicology, Babette Babich Nov 2012

Postmodern Musicology, Babette Babich

Babette Babich

The discipline of musicology is a rather specificially 20th century institution growing out of a disparate range of 19th century studies of music theory, history, composition, etc. The OED edition extant at the time of the writing of this article dates the term musicology itself to 1909 or later. Although there are indeed practitioners throughout the world, most theorists are Anglo-American, with echoes in the French tradition of musicologie and German Musikwissenschaft. As a still-modern project, postmodern musicology derives from a predominantly Austro-German generation of scholars who translated an originally European tradition of analysis (Heinrich Schenker and -- in London -- Donald ...


The Crusades And The Lost Literature Of The Italian Renaissance, Brian Maxson Oct 2012

The Crusades And The Lost Literature Of The Italian Renaissance, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

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The Hornet’S Nest: Humanism, Neighbors, And Hatred In Renaissance Florence, Brian Maxson Jul 2012

The Hornet’S Nest: Humanism, Neighbors, And Hatred In Renaissance Florence, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

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Philosophy, Science, And Belles-Lettres In Syriac And Christian Arabic Literature: A Gentle Introduction And Survey, Adam C. Mccollum Apr 2012

Philosophy, Science, And Belles-Lettres In Syriac And Christian Arabic Literature: A Gentle Introduction And Survey, Adam C. Mccollum

Adam C McCollum

It might be assumed that the genres of Syriac and Christian Arabic literature are made up exclusively (or almost so) of sacred topics (Bible, commentary, liturgy, asceticism, hagiography, theology, etc.), the writers, scribes, and readers in these communities often being monks, presbyters, deacons, and bishops. A broad look at the surviving evidence of this literature, however, shows an immense interest in subjects not directly connected to the church, monastery, or Christian life at all, among them philosophy, science, and belles-lettres. This paper offers a basic overview of these subjects as Syriac and Christian Arabic authors dealt with them, especially from ...


"Never Neutral": On Labour History / Radical History, Rowan Cahill Apr 2012

"Never Neutral": On Labour History / Radical History, Rowan Cahill

Rowan Cahill

Eric Fry, one of the founders of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH), wrote about radical history in the ‘Introduction’ to his neglected Rebels & Radicals (1983). The book is not listed in Greg Patmore’s comprehensive listing of labour history publications (1991), rates no mention in the 1992 tribute to Fry’s work edited by Jim Hagan and Andrew Wells, and receives only brief mentions in the Labour History tribute issue to Eric Fry and fellow ASSLH pioneer Bob Gollan (2008). Arguably with good reason, since the book was exploring a different way of writing dissident ...


A Methodology For Streamlining Historical Research: The Analysis Of Technical And Scientific Publications, John T. Battalio Apr 2012

A Methodology For Streamlining Historical Research: The Analysis Of Technical And Scientific Publications, John T. Battalio

John T. Battalio

This article provides a framework for organizing and structuring the research of historical researchers who analyze technical and scientific publications. Because historical research spans both decades and centuries, an effective research methodology is essential. The framework consists of a multifaceted 10-step method for studying the written discourse of scientific and technical communication, specifically for interpreting historical data obtained from articles published in technical and scientific journals. The method is a reliable means for making sense of the enormous body of data that awaits historical researchers in the volumes of scientific and technical discourse already published.


Agences De Notation: La Solution Se Trouverait Dans Les Banques, Gregory Lewkowicz Mar 2012

Agences De Notation: La Solution Se Trouverait Dans Les Banques, Gregory Lewkowicz

Gregory Lewkowicz

Interview of Gregory Lewkowicz on credit rating agencies by Jennifer Nille for the newspaper "L'Echo"


A People's History Of Baseball, Mitchell J. Nathanson Feb 2012

A People's History Of Baseball, Mitchell J. Nathanson

Mitchell J Nathanson

Baseball is much more than the national pastime. It has become an emblem of America itself. From its initial popularity in the mid-nineteenth century, the game has reflected national values and beliefs and promoted what it means to be an American. Stories abound that illustrate baseball's significance in eradicating racial barriers, bringing neighborhoods together, building civic pride, and creating on the field of play an instructive civics lesson for immigrants on the national character. In A People's History of Baseball, Mitchell Nathanson probes the less well-known but no less meaningful other side of baseball: episodes not involving equality ...


Arendtian Action And The Camp: Understanding The Connection Between Totalitarianism And Politics, Corey Dethier Feb 2012

Arendtian Action And The Camp: Understanding The Connection Between Totalitarianism And Politics, Corey Dethier

Corey Dethier

This paper argues for a reconceptualization of Arendt's concept of action based on her account of and experience with totalitarianism. Using Origins of Totalitarianism as a guide to what Arendt sees as the breakdown of a functioning society, it reconstructs her conception of politics found inThe Human Condition and On Revolution to show that what Arendt aims for is a form of government that can prevent the spread of totalitarianism and its characteristics. From this perspective, it argues that Arendt's concepts of politics and action are designed to create a public aware of its plurality and primarily concerned ...


Muñoz Molina, Sebald, Y La Identidad Desheredada De Europa, Luis Martín-Estudillo Feb 2012

Muñoz Molina, Sebald, Y La Identidad Desheredada De Europa, Luis Martín-Estudillo

Luis Martín-Estudillo

No abstract provided.


La Mirada Elíptica : El Trasfondo Barroco De La Poesía Española Contemporánea, Luis Martin-Estudillo Feb 2012

La Mirada Elíptica : El Trasfondo Barroco De La Poesía Española Contemporánea, Luis Martin-Estudillo

Luis Martín-Estudillo

No abstract provided.


Humanism And Magic In The Florentine Ritual Of Command, Brian Maxson Dec 2011

Humanism And Magic In The Florentine Ritual Of Command, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

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The Vernacular And The Spread Of Humanism In Fifteenth-Century Florence, Brian Maxson Dec 2011

The Vernacular And The Spread Of Humanism In Fifteenth-Century Florence, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

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A Bookless Literature?, Luis Martín-Estudillo Dec 2011

A Bookless Literature?, Luis Martín-Estudillo

Luis Martín-Estudillo

No abstract provided.


Protestantism And Progress In The Year Xii: Charles Villers' Essay On The Spirit And Influence Of Luther's Reformation (1804), Michael Printy Dec 2011

Protestantism And Progress In The Year Xii: Charles Villers' Essay On The Spirit And Influence Of Luther's Reformation (1804), Michael Printy

Michael Printy

This article examines Charles Villers's Essay on the Spirit and Influence of Luther's Reformation (1804) in its intellectual and historical context. Exiled from France after 1792, Villers intervened in important French and German debates about the relationship of religion, history, and philosophy. The article shows how he took up a German Protestant discussion on the meaning of the Reformation that had been underway from the 1770s through the end of the century, including efforts by Kantians to seize the mantle of Protestantism for themselves. Villers's essay capitalized on a broad interest in the question of Protestantism and ...


Issues In Identifying Innovation, The Early Ramesside Era As A Case Study, Kerry Muhlestein Dec 2011

Issues In Identifying Innovation, The Early Ramesside Era As A Case Study, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

No abstract provided.


A War Of Worlds: Becoming “Early Modern” And The Challenge Of Comparison, Ayesha Ramachandran Dec 2011

A War Of Worlds: Becoming “Early Modern” And The Challenge Of Comparison, Ayesha Ramachandran

Ayesha Ramachandran

No abstract provided.


Nostalgia For The Liberal Hour: Talkin' 'Bout The Horizons Of Norman Jewison's Generation, Daniel Mcneil Dec 2011

Nostalgia For The Liberal Hour: Talkin' 'Bout The Horizons Of Norman Jewison's Generation, Daniel Mcneil

Daniel McNeil

Throughout his career as a filmmaker Norman Jewison has confronted stereotypes that depict white liberals as hypocritical and insincere do-gooders. He has also seized and contested the position of victim against radicals on the left and right. This paper outlines some of the commonalities between the Canadian filmmaker and Robin Winks and Michael Banton, two prominent academics in the United States and the United Kingdom who also opposed the "unacceptable face of capitalism" and the “overly politicized” scholarship of radical intellectuals. My conclusion provides a counterpoint to the liberal humanism of Jewison, Winks and Banton by turning to the new ...