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Author: Simone Derix
Immenses Vermögen, transnationale Mobilität, ein globales Familiennetzwerk und erbitterte Konflikte sind die Kennzeichen der Familie Thyssen im 20. Jahrhundert. Ihr Vermögen bietet den zentralen Schlüssel für das Leben der Thyssens seit dem letzten Drittel des 19. Jahrhunderts. Es ermöglichte extravagante Lebensweisen in Europa, den USA und Südamerika. Es stand im Zentrum heftiger Konflikte innerhalb der Familie, ihm galt in Kriegs - und Krisenzeiten aber auch die gemeinsame Sorge. Um es zu erhalten und zu mehren, entwickelten die Thyssens Strategien, ihr Vermögen international möglichst unsichtbar zu streuen. Sie nahmen dabei Praktiken vorweg, die in manchem dem globalen Finanzkapitalismus der Gegenwart nahe kamen. Erstmals nimmt die Studie das ganze Spektrum der Beteiligten im Zusammenspiel von Familie und Vermögen in den Blick – von den männlichen und weiblichen Thyssens über ihre Hausangestellten bis hin zu ihren zahlreichen Rechts - und Finanzberatern.
This extensive index on all five volumes of The History of the Library in Western Civilization will identify all proper names, places and subjects covered in this comprehensive and scholarly series. Also, as one of the most definitive bibliographies on books about library history, it will list more than 6.000 entries.
Energieversorgung, Haushaltstechnik und Massenkultur am Beispiel nordenglischer und westfälischer Städte 1880-1939
Author: Karl Ditt
In den beiden letzten Jahrzehnten des 19. Jahrhunderts setzte mit der Entstehung der Elektro-, Chemie- und Automobilindustrie eine neue, zweite Phase der Industrialisierung ein. Die vergleichend angelegte Studie fragt danach, inwieweit Deutschland den Vorsprung Großbritanniens in der industriellen Produktion und im Konsumniveau bis zum Zweiten Weltkrieg aufholen konnte. Über diese klassische Frage nach dem Verhältnis von Pionier und Nachzügler hinaus behandelt der Band soziale Nivellierungsprozesse zwischen Mittel- und Unterschichten in beiden Ländern. Vor dem Hintergrund einer breiten Darstellung der Industrialisierung untersucht der Autor auf nationaler und lokaler Ebene - am Beispiel von Leeds und York, Dortmund und Münster - zentrale Elemente des materiellen und kulturellen Konsumverhaltens: die Energieversorgung, die Nutzung von Haushaltstechnik und die Wahrnehmung populärer Kulturangebote aus den Bereichen Sport, Film, und Rundfunk. Im Ergebnis zeigt sich, dass das Deutsche Reich bis zur Jahrhundertwende den industriellen Vorsprung Großbritanniens wettmachen konnte, den britischen Konsumstandard jedoch bis zum Zweiten Weltkrieg nicht erreichte. In beiden Ländern hielten sich Differenzen zwischen den sozialen Schichten im Erwerb von materiellen Konsumgütern, während sich die Teilhabe an der Massenkultur anglich. Generell bildete die Stärkung des materiellen und kulturellen Konsums in den 1930er Jahren die Voraussetzung dafür, dass der Lebensstandard in Großbritannien und Deutschland nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg ein ähnliches Niveau erreichte und die soziale Integration zunahm.
Gender Politics and Folklore Performance in Serbia
Author: Ana Hofman
Ana Hofman examines the negotiation of the gender performances in Serbian rural areas as a result of the socialist gender policy and creation of the new “femininity” in the public sphere. She focuses on the stage performances of female amateur groups at the Village Gatherings, state-sponsored events held from the 1970s through the mid-1990s in the southeastern Serbian region of Niško Polje. Offering a multifaceted picture of the personal experiences of the socialist ideology of gender equality, Staging Socialist Femininity investigates the complex relationships between personal, interpersonal and political levels in socialism. By showing the interplay between ideology, representational and social practices in the realm of musical performance, it challenges the strong division in scholarly narratives between ideology and practice in socialist societies.
An Illustrated Guide. Second Revised Edition
This renowned book has been out of print for a couple of years, but a second, corrected, revised and grangerized edition is now available. This very practical and informative manual gives an extensive overview and a description of all the maps that appeared in the famous first atlas by Abraham Ortelius, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570 and all later editions. The book gives illustrated information on every map of the various editions that have appeared of the Ortelius Atlas and provides valuable information on the dating, number of copies printed, editions and the origin of the maps. Titles pages and portraits of Ortelius are also extensively described.
This book deals with the De Bry collection of voyages, one of the most monumental publications of Early Modern Europe. It analyzes the textual and iconographic changes the De Bry publishing family made to travel accounts describing Asia, Africa and the New World. It discusses this editorial strategy in the context of the publishing industry around 1600, investigating the biography of the De Brys, the publications of the Frankfurt firm, and the making of the collection, as well as its reception by Iberian inquisitors and seventeenth-century readers across the Old World. The book draws on a wide variety of primary sources, and is hence important for historians, book historians, and art historians interested in the development of Europe's overseas empires.
Fourteen Hard Questions and Straight Answers about a Baltic Country
Author: Jukka Rislakki
What do we know about Latvia and the Latvians? A Baltic (not Balkan) nation that emerged from fifty years under the Soviet Union – interrupted by a brief but brutal Nazi-German occupation and a devastating war – now a member of the European Union and NATO. Yes, but what else? Relentless accusations keep appearing, especially in Russian media, often repeated in the West: “Latvian soldiers single-handedly saved Lenin’s revolution in 1917”, “Latvians killed Tsar Nikolai II and the Royal family”, “Latvia was a thoroughly anti-Semitic country and Latvians started killing Jews even before the Germans arrived in 1941”, “Nazi revival is rampant in today's Latvia”, “The Russian minority is persecuted in Latvia...”
True, false or in-between? The Finnish journalist and author Jukka Rislakki examines charges like these and provides an outline of Latvia's recent history while attempting to separate documented historical fact from misinformation and deliberate disinformation. His analysis helps to explain why the Baltic States (population 7 million) consistently top the enemy lists in public opinion polls of Russia (143 million). His knowledge of the Baltic languages allows him to make use of local sources and up-to-date historical research. He is a former Baltic States correspondent for Finland's largest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and the author of several books on Finnish and Latvian history. As a neutral, experienced and often critical observer, Rislakki is uniquely qualified for the task of separating truth from fiction.
Leitbild, Struktur und Funktion einer nationalsozialistischen Elite. 9. Auflage
Editor: Bernd Wegner
Eines der umstrittensten Themen der Zeitgeschichte bis auf den heutigen Tag ist die Waffen-SS, nicht erst seit Grass. Bernd Wegners auch international hoch gelobtes Buch informiert wie kein anderes über die Entwicklung und die innere Struktur von 'Hitlers Elitetruppe'.
Awarded with the 15th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2010.

This classic can be ranked among the well-known international standard works on the subject of bookbinding. The author, Dr. Jan Storm van Leeuwen, gives in this work an elaborate general historical introduction to his subject. It also contains a general introduction to each province, as they were known in the eigteenth century, and an extensive overall picture of the towns where luxury bindings were manufactured, describing the bookbinder's workshops and binderies of each town. The historical introduction is completed with a catalogue of the approximately 2000 relevant bindings in the collections of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands) and its sister institution the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum. About 1500 other bindings that the author studied over time in other collections are also described. But the most important feature of this work is that all (nearly 10.000) stamps on these bindings are represented by a picture.
Never before so many bindings (3500) have been recorded, described and discussed in such detail and with the benefit of an established model and terminology.

Vol. I: General historical introduction; Noord Holland
Vol. IIa: Zuid Holland Vol. IIb: Zeeland, Province of Utrecht, Friesland, Province of Groningen, Drente, Overijssel, Gelderland, Noord-Brabant and Limburg; Place unknown or irrelevant and Bindings in exceptional materials
Vol. III: Catalogue of bindings in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum; List of Bindings in other collections; Overview of Rubbings important for identification; Diagrams; Books refered to with abbreviated titles; Index to the text; Index to Catalogue and List
Templars, Hospitallers, and Teutonic Knights in Medieval Epic and Romance, 1150-1500
The Knights Templar, Knights Hospitaller, and Teutonic Knights frequently appear in the French, German, and English epic and romance literature of the Middle Ages. Love, War, and the Grail examines the religious roles of the military orders, such as caring for the sick, their warrior role of fighting Muslims, and the role of Templars in the Grail romances. It traces how these roles developed over time and looks at the role of these military religious orders in fiction of the Middle Ages. Nicholson’s analysis of the military orders in medieval fictional literature is of interest both to historians and to literary specialists. This is the first in-depth study to consider the subject throughout the medieval period.