"Contemporary concerns about aging societies have stimulated interest in past ways of growing old, and whilst historians have investigated the experience of the aged, cultural representations of old age, and the phenomenon of demographic ageing, however the literature has been overwhelmingly western. This study reviews the world-wide literature on aging and seeks to move beyond received wisdom about attitudes and experiences running from the ancient world to the present.Aging in World History will introduce students and general readers to historical ways of thinking about aging in two senses: the experience of individuals and the transformation of populations. The first section introduces theoretical concerns, understandings of "natural" or "traditional" ways of growing old, and diverse cultural prescriptions and representations. The second section covers key issues from the medieval to the early modern era. The third section looks at transitions to modernity, whilst the final part explores the contemporary world, before concluding with an overview of past, present and future"--
The mysterious major Frank Thompson -- A a communist by any other name . . . -- "I simply want to fight" -- The brothers Lagadinov -- A failed petition -- Lawrence of Bulgaria? -- Ambushed in Batuliya -- Guerillas in the mist -- Everyday life as a partisan -- Blood of a poet -- The head hunted -- Words of one brother on the death of another -- The retired partisan -- A woman's work is never done -- History is written by the victors -- On censorship and the secret police -- The politics of truth -- Cassandra's curse -- The red samaritan -- The past is a foreign country -- A moment of redemption
Kristen Ghodsee tells the stories of fighters and activists who worked for Communist ideals in Bulgaria and shows how the dreams of the Communist past hold enduring appeal for those currently disappointed by the promises of democracy.
"Covering the past 500 years of global history, The Environment in World History examines the processes that have transformed the earth and have put growing pressure on natural resources." "The Environment in World History also examines how European expansion overseas brought about a fundamental reorganisation of the world's ecology as contact between long-isolated continents was re-established. It offers a fresh environmental perspective on familiar world-history narratives of imperialism and colonialism, trade and commerce, and technological progress and the advance of civilisation, and will be invaluable reading for all students of world history and environmental studies."--BOOK JACKET
"Poverty in World History focuses upon the period from around 1500 onward when poverty became a global issue, and uses the process of globalization as the chief lens through which to study and understand poverty in world history. The result is both a tying together of significant strands of world history and an examination of changing attitudes toward poverty and poor relief throughout the world. This wide-ranging study underscores a major consequence of increased cultural and economic interaction among the world's societies, highlighting the similarities and differences in impacts and responses to the resulting smaller globe."--Jacket
"Here is a marvelous compact history of Japan from earliest times to the present focusing on Japan's relationships with the rest of the world. In lively prose rooted in observations by people who lived the history, the work highlights the contributions of a wide range of acetors: women as well as men, commoners as well as elites"--Publisher supplied summary
"In this third edition of Globalization in World History, Peter Stearns explores the roots of contemporary globalization, examining shifts in the global flow of people, goods and ideas as early as 1000 CE. Exploring how four moments in history have accelerated the process of globalization, Stearns's narrative details how factors such as economics, migration, disease transmission, culture, the environment, and politics have influenced the nature of globalization as we understand it today. This updated edition includes: Updates to the whole study with appropriate recent references New brief transition sections that focus attention on the Mongol period, debates over the role of the 18th century, and the partial retreat from globalization after World War I A new final chapter that deals with the rise in attacks on globalization during the most recent decade, from populist objections to the implications of growing authoritarianism, raising the question of whether a new transition is taking shape around us today Through an interdisciplinary approach that links political, sociological, and historical perspectives, Stearns provides a comprehensive overview of globalization and the historical factors that have shaped it. This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students of world history, economic history, and political economy"--