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Who or what makes innovation spread? Ten case-studies from Greco-Roman Antiquity and the early modern period address human and non-human agency in innovation. Was Erasmus the ‘superspreader’ of the use of New Ancient Greek? How did a special type of clamp contribute to architectural innovation in Delphi? What agents helped diffuse a new festival culture in the eastern parts of the Roman empire? How did a context of status competition between scholars and poets at the Ptolemaic court help deify a lock of hair? Examples from different societal domains illuminate different types of agency in historical innovation.
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Man influences the environment and climate and the consequences are now felt around the globe. National or regional efforts to restrict or at least contain the damage can only be insufficient: in principle environmental and climate protection needs a global concept.
Paradoxically, the way we perceive environmental and climate change and handle damage is closely linked to local or regional patterns of perception. This local view is grounded not only in different ways of socio-economic development in different regions of the world, but also in differences in cultural patterns. Also, the disturbance of the environment and climate causes relatively rapid social changes, in which the interpretation of symbols for the relationship between man and nature plays an important part.
The history of climate and culture, patterns of perception of environmental and climate change and an informed assessment of the future direction of environmental and climate policy in various parts of the world have to be taken into account in order to get to grips with the problem.
From a variety of angles, such as the history of ideas, historiography, the study of civilisation, and the political sciences, the monographs and edited volumes in Climate and Culture will all deal with the following questions:
• How do local and regional cultures perceive changes in the environment and climate in past and present?
• How did and do they adjust to them?
• How do their various representatives and spokesmen introduce their respective views to the global debate and into emerging international negotiating systems?

To what extent does water constitute an archetypal element, producing moral values and prone to ambivalence? Myths abound with magical fountains, fertile rivers or deadly abysses. Water lends itself to rites of lustration or regenerative baptismal immersion. Circumnavigation has given rise to epic tales of conquest or exploration, populated by monsters and delights. The specificity of this volume is the knotting together of the iconic and the verbal, by renewing our trust in the exemplary regime of art, most capable of apprehending the unpredictable, the ephemeral, and the continuous. Against the backdrop of existential shipwrecks, water wars, the proliferation of microplastics, the scoriae of an unbridled productivity, a work like this one can raise awareness about the right to water, its beneficial virtues, and its inexhaustible imaginary.

Dans quelle mesure l’eau constitue-t-elle un élément archétypal, producteur de valeurs et enclin aux ambivalences ? Les mythes regorgent de fontaines magiques, de fleuves matriciels ou d’abysses mortifères. L’eau se prête à des rites de lustration ou d’immersion baptismale régénérante. La circumnavigation a engendré des récits épiques à visée conquérante ou humaniste, peuplés de monstres et de délices. Il s’agit ici d’établir un lien entre l’iconique et le verbal en renouvelant notre confiance dans le régime d’exemplarité de l’art, seul à même d’appréhender ce qui est imprévisible, éphémère et continu. Contre les naufrages existentiels, les guerres de l’eau, le pullulement des microplastiques, scories d’un productivisme effréné, un ouvrage comme celui-ci peut sensibiliser au droit à l’eau partagé, à ses vertus bienfaisantes et à son imaginaire inépuisable.
Mobilities, Meanings, Manoeuvrings
This volume explores how the city and the sea converse and converge in creating new forms of everyday urbanity in archipelagic and island Southeast Asia. Drawing inspiration from case studies spanning Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and New Caledonia, the volume rethinks the place of the sea in coastal cities, through a mobility-inspired understanding of urbanity itself. How might conceptualisations of contemporary coastal urbanisms be approached from the sea, in ways that complicate singularly terrestrial, fixed framings of the city? What connections, contradictions, and dissonances can be found between sea change and urban change? While addressing these questions, the authors re-centre more marginal voices of those who dwell and work in islanded metropoles, offering new insights on the futures and contested nature(s) of littoral urban transformation.
Lifecycles, Landscapes, and Settlements, Essays in Honor of T.B. Barry
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This volume brings together scholarship from many disciplines, including history, heritage studies, archaeology, geography, and political science to provide a nuanced view of life in medieval Ireland and after.
Primarily contributing to the fields of settlement and landscape studies, each essay considers the influence of Terence B. Barry of Trinity College Dublin within Ireland and internationally. Barry’s long career changed the direction of castle studies and brought the archaeology of medieval Ireland to wider knowledge. These essays, authored by an international team of fifteen scholars, develop many of his original research questions to provide timely and insightful reappraisals of material culture and the built and natural environments.
Contributors (in order of appearance) are Robin Glasscock, Kieran O’Conor, Thomas Finan, James G. Schryver, Oliver Creighton, Robert Higham, Mary A. Valante, Margaret Murphy, John Soderberg, Conleth Manning, Victoria McAlister, Jennifer L. Immich, Calder Walton, Christiaan Corlett, Stephen H. Harrison, and Raghnall Ó Floinn.
Der Kuban und der agromeliorative Komplex: Eine sowjetische Umwelt- und Technikgeschichte, 1929–1991
Das Spannungsverhältnis von allgegenwärtigem Mangel bei potenziellem Überfluss zählt zu den zentralen Widersprüchen der sowjetischen Geschichte. Mit Blick auf den „Brotkorb Russlands“ stellt sich die Frage, wie eines der fruchtbarsten Agrargebiete der Welt so heruntergewirtschaftet wurde, dass die Sowjetunion sogar Getreide importieren musste, um Hungersnöte zu vermeiden. In diesem Kontext untersucht das vorliegende Buch den Aufstieg und Fall der künstlichen Bewässerung entlang des südrussischen Flusses Kuban von den Jahren nach der Oktoberrevolution bis zur Auflösung des Imperiums. Als Studie zur menschlichen Hybris im Zeitalter ingenieurtechnischer Utopien liefert es einen empirisch fundierten Beitrag zu einem tieferen Verständnis des sowjetischen Agrarsystems. Darüber hinaus beleuchtet es die zentralen Idiosynkrasien sowjetischer Herrschaftskultur und hilft, die jüngeren Entwicklungen eines zwar offeneren, aber noch immer stark korruptionsbehafteten Marktes in Russland besser zu begreifen.
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Why write a book about science, technology, and medicine in Lisbon? No one questions the value of similar studies of European capital cities such as Paris or London, but they are not reflective of the norm. Alongside its unique characteristics, Lisbon more closely represents the rule and deserves attention as such. This book offers the first urban history of science, technology and medicine in Lisbon, 1840–1940. It addresses the hybrid character of a European port city, scientific capital and imperial metropolis. It discusses the role of science, technology, and medicine in the making of Lisbon, framed by the analysis of invisibilities, urban connections, and techno-scientific imaginaries. The book is accompanied by a virtual interactive map.
Maritime spaces are socially constructed by humans and refer to seas and islands, coasts, port cities and villages, as well as ships and other human-made marine structures. Social interaction with marine environments and living beings, e.g. in a symbolic, cultural or economic manner, has led to the emergence of spatial structures which affect the knowledge, beliefs, meanings and obstinately patterns. Those structures shape mutual expectations of human beings and form the perception, imagination, or memory of inhabitants of maritime spaces. They enable or restrict human action, construct people’s everyday life, their norms and values, and are changeable.

Contributors include: Jan Asmussen, Robert Bartłomiejski, Benjamin Bowles, Isabel Duarte, Eduardo Sarmento Ferreira, Rita Grácio, Marie C. Grasmeier, Karolina Izdebska, Seung Kuk Kim, Arkadiusz Kołodziej, Agnieszka Kołodziej-Durnaś, Maciej Kowalewski, Urszula Kozłowska, Ulrike Kronfeld-Goharani, Rute Muchacho, Giacomo Orsini, Włodzimierz Karol Pessel, Célia Quico, Harini Sivalingam, Joana Sousa, Frank Sowa, Nuno Cintra Torres, and Günter Warsewa.
Memory, Literature, Culture on the Atlantic Periphery