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The Acquisitive Society, by Richard Henry Tawney.
In this book Tawney expounds upon his theory that acquisitiveness is morally wrong and that it has a deleterious effect on society. He also offers ideas on how to create a more equitable society.

Alien Constructions, by Patricia Melzer.
Science Fiction and Feminist Thought.

Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum, edited by Victoria C. Gardner Coates and Jon L. Seydl.
Thirteen essays that chronicles how our understanding of Pompeii and Herculaneum have changed over time, and the place these sites hold in popular culture.

The Art of Cooking - The First Modern Cookery Book, by the Eminent Maestro Martino of Como.
Published in the 1400's this is the forerunner of the modern cookbook. In addition to the main text, this edition includes a detailed introduction that details the historical significance of this text, along with fifty modernized recipes.

Aryan Cowboys, by Evelyn A. Schlatter.
White Supremacists and the Search for a New Frontier 1970-2000.

Better For All the World, by Harry Bruinius.
The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity. A general history of eugenics in the United States.

Chewing Gum: The Fortunes of Taste, by Michael Redclift.
A social, political, ecological, economic, and cultural history of chicle-based chewing gum, with a particular emphasis on the impact that it has had on the Yucatan region and its Mayan natives.

Choice & Coercion, by Johanna Schoen.
Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare.

Dilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in Eighteenth-Century England, by Bruce Redford.
A well-illustrated history of the Society of Dilettanti and the Neoclassical revival that they instigated.

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, by David R. Montgomery.
A detailed history of soil, and the disastrous impact that the loss of top-soil can, and has had, on civilizations.

Eugenics and the Welfare State: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, edited by Gunnar Broberg and Nils Roll-Hansen.
An academic overview of the history, politics, and science of eugenics programs throughout Scandinavia.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, By Eric Schlosser.
In Fast Food Nation, Schlosser offers the reader an eye opening look at how America was transformed into a nation of fast food restaurants and boilerplate shopping centers. Most important, he details the impact that this homogenization has had on the country, not just in regard to the store fronts, but also how it has affected every aspect of our lives from how our food is grown to how our children are exploited as a source of cheap labor.

The Flower of Empire, by Tatiana Holway.
An Amazonian Water Lily, the Quest to Make it Bloom, and the World it Created. A social history of the Age of Flowers.

Food: The History of Taste, edited by Paul Freedman.
A collection of ten, well-illustrated essays, which combined provided an overview of the history of food from prehistory through modern times.

The Gospel in Brief, by Leo Tolstoy.
Seeking answers to "the problem of life," Tolstoy rewrote the Four Gospels of the New Testament, condensing them into a single book that only included the ethical teachings of Jesus.

Greasy Luck: A Whaling Sketchbook, by Gordon Grant.
This book contains sixty-four annotated illustrations that exemplify what life was life for a whaler on a typical whaling voyage.

The Human Tradition in Imperial Russia, edited by Christine D. Worobec.
A collection of twelve essays that highlight some of the major social issues in Imperial Russia, and which provide insights into what life was like under the Tzars.

In Search of Islamic Feminism, by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea.
This book explores the lives, and hopes, of Islamic women around the world.

An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality, by Jill Fields.
A sweeping overview of the history of women's intimate apparel in the twentieth century.

The Light in the Window, by June Goulding
A graphic account of the nine months that Goulding spent working as a midwife in the Bessboro Home for Unmarried Mothers, where the unwed mothers were incarcerated for up to three years for their 'sin' and forced to do hard labor in inhumane conditions, without adequate medical care or food, as a form of repentance.

Mass Mediated Disease, by Debra E. Blakely.
A Case Study Analysis of Three Flu Pandemics and Public Health Policy.

The Mediterranean in History, Edited by David Abulafia.
Covering over four thousand years of history, this text covers more than just the history of Mediterranean Sea and those that plied its waves, but also the history of the peoples that lives along the periphery of the waters edges.

My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking., by Niloufer Ichaporia King.
165 mouth-watering Parsi recipes, accompanied by insights in Parsi history and culture.

Napoleon and the British, by Stuart Semmel.
An intriguing social history of Britain during the Napoleonic era that examines the public perceptions of Napoleon and how he influenced Britains political, religious, and social development.

Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan.
In this book Pollan takes an in-depth look at how the three main food-chains: industrial, organic, and hunter-gather, which contribute to the American diet work - following our food from field to table.

Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities, by Alexandra Robbins.
Robbins' objective was to tell readers about what it was like for women inside sororities through interviews, research, and historical perspectives. In order to gain access to the sororities, Robbins went undercover as an undergraduate and befriended four women, who allowed her to infiltrate their organizations.

Reflections of Violence, by Georges Sorel.
A treatise on the necessity of violence as a means of social change, in which Sorel advocated for a revolutionary form of syndicalism.

Sam Patch, The Famous Jumper, by Paul E. Johnson.
The story of the first professional American daredevil, who, in 1827-1829, made his mark on history by repeatedly leaping over / off Niagara Falls, Passaic Falls, and Genesee Falls in the years.

Sex Work and the City: The Social Geography of Health and Safety in Tijuana, Mexico, by Yasmina Katsulis.
A detailed, anthropological study of the commercialized sex industry in Tijuana, and the health and safety risks faced by both legal and illegal sex workers in the city.

The Shopkeeper's Millennium. Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837, by Paul E. Johnson.
A fascinating look at the impact that the Second Great Awakening had on the city of Rochester: from its politics to its social institutions and how these changes helped to change Rochester from a remote backwater into a bustling boomtown.

Slave Insurrections in the United States 1800-1865, by Joseph Cephas Carroll.
Offers a systematic study of some of the most significant slave insurrections that occurred from 1526 onward with a particular emphasis on the period from 1800-1865. He also explores the effectiveness of these revolts and the impact that they had, both economically and psychologically, on the slave owners.

Slum Travelers: Ladies and London Poverty, 1860-1920, Edited by Ellen Ross.
A selection of works by middle and upper class women who ventured into the London slums to engage in social and religious work.

A Social History of Europe, 1945-2000, by Hartmut Kaelble.
An erudite overview of European social history from 1945-2000, which not only charts the changes that occurred throughout this period, but which also discusses why and how these changes occurred.

Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America, by Laura Shapiro.
A social and culinary history of America's changing attitudes toward food during the 1950's, including how prepackaged foods became common fare and how these convenience foods affected the lives of women.

Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare, by Mark McNeilly.
Over two thousand years ago, Sun Tzu wrote a treatise on warfare and statecraft that became an instant classic. In this work, McNeilly has extracted what he considers the key elements of Sun Tzu's holistic approach to strategy of warfare and statecraft.

Sweatshop USA, Edited by Daniel E. Bender and Richard A. Greenwald.
The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective.

Technophobia! , by Daniel Dinello.
Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology.

Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, by David von Drehle.
This history of the fire at the Triangle Waist Company is more than just a story about the horrific effects of fire - it is also a story about sweatshops and work place safety, or the lack thereof. It is also a story about the American labor movement, political corruption, greed, and most important, it is the story of the people who worked, and died, at the Triangle factory.

Warfare and Society in Europe, 1898 to the Present, by Michael S. Neiberg.
A concise military and social history detailing 20th century warfare in Europe.

The Witchcraft Sourcebook, edited by Brian P. Levack.
A collection of documents that detail the history of witchcraft in the West, and the reasons for, and consequences of, the charges leveled against so many individuals.

The Year 1000: What Life was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium, by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
A brief, but concise, overview of what life was like in England in the year 1000.

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