Hysteria: The Disturbing History by Andrew Scull

Hysteria: The Disturbing History by Andrew Scull
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.6 mb
Overview: The nineteenth century seems to have been full of hysterical women–or so they were diagnosed. Where are they now? The very disease no longer exists. In this fascinating account, Andrew Scull tells the story of hysteria–an illness that disappeared not through medical endeavor, but through growing understanding and cultural change. The lurid history of hysteria makes fascinating reading. Charcot’s clinics showed off flamboyantly "hysterical" patients taking on sexualized poses, and among the visiting professionals was one Sigmund Freud. Scull discusses the origins of the idea of hysteria, the development of a neurological approach by John Sydenham and others, hysteria as a fashionable condition, and its growth from the 17th century. Subsequently, the "disease" declined and eventually disappeared.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Future’s Series, All About History – The Romanovs

Future’s Series: All About History – The Romanovs
Requirements: .PDF reader, 28 MB
Overview: On 12 February 1984, Grand Duchess Anastasia of the overthrown Romanov family died – or so many believed. In fact, this elderly lady was an imposter; a Polish peasant girl who’d duped the world for over five decades. When the lie was revealed, this great conspiracy once again captivated the world.

But the imperial family were no stranger to mystery and intrigue – over the course of three centuries, the Romanovs courted scandal, from the trysts of Catherine the Great to the disappearance of Ivan VI.

In this brand-new book, we reveal the scandalous rise of this royal dynasty, from the surprise ascent of Tsar Michael I and the enlightened reign of Peter the Great, to the tragic abdication and murder of Tsar Nicholas II in the midst of World War
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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Future’s Series, All About History – The Romanovs

Future’s Series: All About History – The Romanovs
Requirements: .PDF reader, 28 MB
Overview: On 12 February 1984, Grand Duchess Anastasia of the overthrown Romanov family died – or so many believed. In fact, this elderly lady was an imposter; a Polish peasant girl who’d duped the world for over five decades. When the lie was revealed, this great conspiracy once again captivated the world.

But the imperial family were no stranger to mystery and intrigue – over the course of three centuries, the Romanovs courted scandal, from the trysts of Catherine the Great to the disappearance of Ivan VI.

In this brand-new book, we reveal the scandalous rise of this royal dynasty, from the surprise ascent of Tsar Michael I and the enlightened reign of Peter the Great, to the tragic abdication and murder of Tsar Nicholas II in the midst of World War
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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Future’s Series, All About History – Most Wanted 2019

Future’s Series: All About History – Most Wanted 2019
Requirements: .PDF reader, 28 MB
Overview: From cold-blooded killers and violent outlaws to deadly mobsters and the highwaymen of yore, All About History Most Wanted sheds light on the fascinating stories behind some of history’s most notorious criminals – including Pablo Escobar, Al Capone, John Dillinger and more.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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Aviation History – May 2019

Aviation History – May 2019
Requirements: .PDF reader, 14 MB
Overview: Aviation History magazine is an authoritative, in-depth history of world aviation from its origins to the Space Age. Aviation History offers air enthusiasts the most detailed coverage of the history of manned flight, with action-packed stories and illustrations that put the reader in the cockpit with pilots and military (army, navy, and marine) aviators to experience aviation’s greatest dramas.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr

Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 244 MB
Overview: Almost everyone swears, or worries about not swearing, from the two-year-old who has just discovered the power of potty mouth to the grandma who wonders why every other word she hears is obscene. Whether they express anger or exhilaration, are meant to insult or to commend, swear words perform a crucial role in language. But swearing is also a uniquely well-suited lens through which to look at history, offering a fascinating record of what people care about on the deepest levels of a culture – what’s divine, what’s terrifying, and what’s taboo.
Holy Sh*t tells the story of two kinds of swearing – obscenities and oaths – from ancient Rome and the Bible to today. With humor and insight, Melissa Mohr takes listeners on a journey to discover how "swearing" has come to include both testifying with your hand on the Bible and calling someone a *#$&!* when they cut you off on the highway. She explores obscenities in ancient Rome – which were remarkably similar to our own – and unearths the history of religious oaths in the Middle Ages, when swearing (or not swearing) an oath was often a matter of life and death.
Holy Sh*t also explains the advancement of civility and corresponding censorship of language in the 18th century, considers the rise of racial slurs after World War II, examines the physiological effects of swearing (increased heart rate and greater pain tolerance), and answers a question that preoccupies the FCC, the US Senate, and anyone who has recently overheard little kids at a playground: are we swearing more now than people did in the past?
A gem of lexicography and cultural history, Holy Sh*t is a serious exploration of obscenity – and it also just might expand your repertoire of words to choose from the next time you shut your finger in the car door.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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The Mirror: A History by Sabine Melchoir-Bonnet

The Mirror: A History by Sabine Melchoir-Bonnet
Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 4.60 MB
Overview: Sabine Melchior-Bonnet marries science and art, literature and philosophy, and history and meditation with a mastery and a quality of writing that is, at times, dizzying. The very idea of a historical essay on the mirror is remarkable. How could we not have thought of it earlier?

Many painters represented Mary and the baby Jesus holding a mirror. One also said in the Middle Ages that God is the perfect mirror because “he is a shining mirror unto himself.” Furthermore, Plato affirmed that the soul is the reflection of the divine. Later, Saint Augustine expressed this idea more precisely, in a more tragic mode, suggesting that the man who sees himself in the mirror of the Bible sees both the splendor of God and his own wretchedness. For Dürer, who represented himself as the Suffering Christ, man is the self-portrait of God, and God’s face authenticates man’s. Yet another aspect of the mirror’s meaning was the medieval speculum, such as the one compiled by the thirteenth-century Dominican monk Vincent de Beauvais, a vast encyclopedia attempting to catalog all knowledge.

Finally, the numerous metaphorical “mirrors” of medieval literature, notably the “mirrors of princes,” constituted a moralistic genre in which readers were invited to look upon an ideal model for their behavior.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Mirrors

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