• History of the Americas
      February 2017

      American Imperialism

      The Territorial Expansion of the United States, 1783-2013

      by Adam Burns

      Provides a critical re-evaluation of US territorial expansionism and imperialism from 1783 to the present The United States has been described by many of its foreign and domestic critics as an “empire”. Providing a wide-ranging analysis of the United States as a territorial, imperial power from its foundation to the present day, this book explores the United States’ acquisition or long-term occupation of territories through a chronological perspective. It begins by exploring early continental expansion, such as the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803, and traces US imperialism through to the controversial ongoing presence of US forces at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The book provides fresh insights into the history of US territorial expansion and imperialism, bringing together more well-known instances (such as the purchase of Alaska) with those less-frequently discussed (such as the acquisition of the Guano Islands after 1856). The volume considers key historical debates, controversies and turning points, providing a historiographically-grounded re-evaluation of US expansion from 1783 to the present day. Key Features Provides case studies of different examples of US territorial expansion/imperialism, and adds much-needed context to ongoing debates over US imperialism for students of both History and Politics Analyses many of the better known instances of US imperialism (for example, Cuba and the Philippines), while also considering often-overlooked examples such as the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam Explores American imperialism from a “territorial acquisition/long-term occupation” viewpoint which differentiates it from many other books that instead focus on informal and economic imperialism Discusses the presence of the US in key places such as Guantanamo Bay, the Panama Canal Zone and the Arctic ; Providing a wide-ranging analysis of the United States as a territorial, imperial power from its foundation to the present day, this book explores the United States’ acquisition or long-term occupation of territories through a chronological perspective. ; Introduction: Defining an Empire; 1. Atlantic to Pacific (1783–1893); 2. Heading Northwards (1812-1903); 3. Leaving the Continent (1817-1890); 4. A Two Ocean Empire (1890–1898); 5. Spanish Plunder (1898–1917); 6. An Empire Among Equals (1899–1917); 7. Occupation Over Annexation (1912-1973); 8. Continuing Imperialism (1940-2013); Conclusion; Bibliography.

    • European history
      December 2016

      Northern Neighbours

      Scotland and Norway since 1800

      by John Bryden, Ottar Brox, Lesley Riddoch

      BCC approved (with endorsements) "How is it that two broadly similar countries, neighbours with roughly equal populations and similar natural conditions, can follow two very different development paths? The authors of Northern Neighbours claim that ‘politics matter’. In their comparative history of Scotland and Norway, key factors in each county’s development are thrown into relief. The result is a convincing explanation for their divergence and a significant contribution to development theory in general." Matthew Hoffman, Cornell University "In this important book we can read another exciting attempt to examine through the comparative lens the modern histories of Norway and Scotland. A team of interdisciplinary experts drawn from both countries and elsewhere in the UK have been assembled to consider the radically different historical paths of two small nations and the social, political and economic consequences." Professor Sir Tom M. Devine A topical, comparative study of the economic, social and political development of Norway and Scotland Northern Neighbours explores the reasons for, and outcomes of, the social, political and economic divergence between Scotland and Norway over a period encompassing 500 years, in an engaging and comprehensive way. This accessible comparative study takes a closer look at the links between suffrage, property ownership and the process of democratisation and distribution of political power, land use and reform, the relative movement of populations, the process of industrialization, and rights of access. It offers a thorough analysis of the history of religion, education and finance in both countries, and explores the exploitation of their rich natural resources, and the resulting contrast in their fortunes. The authors also pose timely questions about the future of both countries; whether the economic and social disparities between the two can be addressed, and if the Nordic model could provide a basis for a realistic and effective development strategy for Scotland, were it to become an independent nation. John Bryden is Emeritus Professor of Human Geography at the University of Aberdeen Ottar Brox is former research director of the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research Lesley Riddoch is a freelance journalist, commentator and broadcaster ; This edited collection of essays covers various elements of the analysis of Norway and Scotland including land ownership, politics, agriculture, industry, money and banking, local government, education, religion, access and the outdoor life, as well as several more synthetic chapters. ; Acknowledgements; Preface by Tom Devine; 1. Introduction, John Bryden, Erik Opsahl, Ottar Brox & Lesley Riddoch; 2. Towards a Theory of Divergent Development, John Bryden; 3. Cousins Divided? Development in and of political institutions in Scotland and Norway since 1814, Øivind Bratberg & Nik. Brandal; 4. Agrarian Change in Scotland and Norway: Agricultural Production, Structures, Politics and Policies since 1800, John Bryden & Agnar Hegrenes; 5. The Evolution of Local Government and Governance in Scotland and Norway, Eberhart Bort, John Bryden & Karen Refsgaard; 6. Industrial Development and North Sea Oil: Contrasts from Norway and Scotland, John Bryden & Ottar Brox; 7. Reflections on the Making of Norway, Ottar Brox; 8. Money and Banking in Scotland and Norway, John Bryden & John Keith Hart; 9. Religion in Scotland and Norway, Arne Bugge Amundsen & Michael Rosie; 10. The Nordic Welfare Model in Norway and Scotland, Mary Hilson & Andrew Newby; 11. Access, Nature, Culture and the Great Outdoors – Norway and Scotland, Lesley Riddoch; 12. Education in Norway and Scotland: Developing and re-forming the systems by Bronwen Cohen & Wenche Rønning; 13. The Differential Impacts of the Two World Wars in Norway and Scotland, Tore Petersen; 14. Conclusions, Lesley Riddoch, Ottar Brox & John Bryden; Index. ; AcknowledgementsPreface by Tom Devine1. Introduction, John Bryden, Erik Opsahl, Ottar Brox & Lesley Riddoch2. Towards a Theory of Divergent Development, John Bryden3. Cousins Divided? Development in and of political institutions in Scotland and Norway since 1814, Øivind Bratberg & Nik. Brandal4. Agrarian Change in Scotland and Norway: Agricultural Production, Structures, Politics and Policies since 1800, John Bryden & Agnar Hegrenes5. The Evolution of Local Government and Governance in Scotland and Norway, Eberhart Bort, John Bryden & Karen Refsgaard6. Industrial Development and North Sea Oil: Contrasts from Norway and Scotland, John Bryden & Ottar Brox7. Reflections on the Making of Norway, Ottar Brox8. Money and Banking in Scotland and Norway, John Bryden & John Keith Hart9. Religion in Scotland and Norway, Arne Bugge Amundsen & Michael Rosie10. The Nordic Welfare Model in Norway and Scotland, Mary Hilson & Andrew Newby11. Access, Nature, Culture and the Great Outdoors – Norway and Scotland, Lesley Riddoch12. Education in Norway and Scotland: Developing and re-forming the systems by Bronwen Cohen & Wenche Rønning13. The Differential Impacts of the Two World Wars in Norway and Scotland, Tore Petersen14. Conclusions, Lesley Riddoch, Ottar Brox & John BrydenIndex

    • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
      February 2012

      Welsh Ballads of the French Revolution

      1793-1815

      by Ffion Mair Jones (Author)

      Welsh Ballads of the French Revolution provides for the first time an edition, with parallel English translations, of Welsh-language ballads composed in reaction to the momentous events of the Revolution in France and the two decades of war which followed. Ballad writers were first spurred to respond in 1793, when the French monarchs were executed, France declared war upon Britain, and paranoia regarding the possible threat of internal revolt in Britain reached a crisis point. As the decade proceeded, ballads were sung in thanks for the victory of British forces and local people against an invasion of Pembrokeshire by French troops, and in reaction to key naval battles and to the extensive mobilization of militia and volunteer forces. Scholars working on the British response to the Revolution have showed increasing interest in exploring the contents of ballads and songs. The ballad in particular is seen as a vital source of information, since it represents ordinary people’s awareness of the developments of the period. Balladry is also subject to continued research within Welsh scholarship, and this volume, with its focus on a clearly defined historical period and its revelation of new voices within the canon of Welsh ballad writers, will drive this field of study forwards. Regional reactions to the Revolution within the British Isles are also now seen as crucially important, but Wales, partly because of the inaccessibility of material composed in the Welsh language, has repeatedly been omitted from the general picture. This volume aids in rectifying this situation, ensuring (by use of translation, copious contextualizing notes, and a lengthy introduction) that both the ballad genre and Welsh reactions receive the attention they deserve from the wider scholarly community.

    • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
      April 2012

      The Elect Methodists

      Calvinistic Methodism in England and Wales, 1735-1811

      by David Ceri Jones (Author), Eryn Mant White (Author), Boyd Stanley Schlenther (Author)

      The Elect Methodists is the first full analysis of Calvinistic Methodism, covering both England and Wales. Within the margins of a chronological canvas, it paints a thematic picture of a colourful movement that emerged as an alternative to the more familiar Methodist grouping led by John Wesley. Calvinistic Methodists were ‘elect’ because they were certain that God had chosen a peculiar people to save. No belief could have set them at a greater distance from the Wesleyan conviction that everyone stood on a level spiritual playing field before a God who harboured no favourites. The book’s ten chapters introduce Methodism as a whole and explain its context within the larger Evangelical movement. Yet with the emergence of larger-than-life figures, Calvinistic Methodism began to find its distinctive voice. Foremost among these voices were Howel Harris in Wales, and the eighteenth-century’s most sensational preacher, George Whitefield in England. Moreover, during its first decade such leaders moved easily and often between England and Wales and viewed their work as directed to the nation as a whole. This also was true of one of the most surprising players in the movement, a peeress of the realm, the Countess of Huntingdon. Although Wesley’s movement grew rapidly in England, Calvinistic Methodism – after some early successes – did not. While its organised growth in England was largely fleeting, the area of sustained Calvinist advance was in the Welsh-speaking parts of Wales. Indeed, the religious denomination ultimately formed in Wales was (and is) the only branch of Methodism that has ever called itself Calvinistic. The publication of The Elect Methodists is happily juxtaposed between the bicentenary of the establishing of the Calvinistic Methodist Church of Wales in 1811, and the tercentenary of the birth of George Whitefield in 1714.

    • History of the Americas
      September 1999

      Sacred Debts

      State Civil War Claims and American Federalism

      by Kyle Sinisi

    • Politics & government
      March 2000

      The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

      The First Complete, Unexpurgated Text

      by Edited and with a new introduction by Harold Holzer

      The seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held during the Illinois senatorial race of 1858 are among the most important statements in American political history, dramatic struggles over the issues that would tear apart the nation in the Civil War: the virtues of a republic and the evils of slavery. In this acclaimed book, Holzer brings us as close as possible to what Lincoln and Douglas actually said. Using transcripts of Lincoln's speeches as recorded by the pro-Douglas news-paper, and vice versa, he offers the most reliable, unedited record available of the debates. Also included are background on the sites, crowd comments, and a new introduction.

    • History of the Americas
      November 2006

      "First among Equals"

      Abraham Lincoln's Reputation During His Administration

      by Hans L. Trefousse

    • History of the Americas
      July 2006

      The Great Task Remaining Before Us

      Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War

      by Edited by Paul A. Cimbala, and Randall M. Miller

    • History of the Americas
      May 2006

      Freedwomen and the Freedmen's Bureau

      Race, Gender, and Public Policy in the Age of Emancipation

      by Mary Farmer-Kaiser

    • History of the Americas
      March 2006

      Union Combined Operations in the Civil War

      Systems and Literacy

      by Edited by Craig L. Symonds

    • History of the Americas
      October 2008

      On the Edge of Freedom

      The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820-1870

      by David G. Smith

    • Reference works
      April 1995

      The Union Preserved

      A Guide to Civil War Records in the NYS Archives

      by Harold Holzer

    • Biography: historical, political & military
      April 1999

      Emma Spaulding Bryant

      Civil War Bride, Carpetbagger's Wife, Ardent Feminist: Letters 1860–1900

      by Edited by Ruth Douglas Currie

      Emma Spaulding left behind rural Maine for a life in Georgia as the wife of radical Republican carpetbagger John Emory Bryant. Emma supported John's controversial agenda - including his self-defined mission to "northernize" the south. Struggling to rear a daughter virtually alone in near poverty, Emma became an independent thinker, teacher, suffragist, and officer in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. In eloquent language, Emma coached her husband's understanding of "the woman question." And despite heated exchanges over marital control, the Bryants' engaging correspondence frames a marriage of love.

    • Property law
      April 2001

      The Civil War Confiscation Acts

      Failing to Reconstruct the South

      by John Syrett

      This book is the first full account in more than 20 years of two significant, but relatively understudied, laws passed during the Civil War. The Confiscation Acts (1861-62) were designed to sanction slave holding states by authorizing the Federal Government to seize rebel properties (including land and other assets held in Northern and border states) and grant freedom to slaves who fought with or worked for the Confederate military. Abraham Lincoln objected to the Acts for fear they might push border states, particularly Missouri and Kentucky, into secession. The Acts were eventually rendered moot by the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. John Syrett examines the political contexts of the Acts, especially the debates in Congress, and demonstrates how the failure of the confiscation acts during the war presaged the political and structural shortcomings of Reconstruction after the war.

    • History of the Americas
      July 2006

      The Great Task Remaining Before Us

      Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War

      by Edited by Paul A. Cimbala, and Randall M. Miller

    • Political parties
      April 2000

      Freedom, Union, and Power

      Lincoln and His Party in the Civil War

      by Michael Green

      Freedom, Union, and Power analyzes the beliefs of the Republican Party during the Civil War, how those beliefs changed, and what those changes foreshadowed for the future. With Lincoln's election, Republicans faced something new: responsibility for the government. With responsibility came the need to wage war for the survival of that government, the country, and the party. And with victory in the war came responsibility for saving the Union by ending slavery - and for pursuing policies that fit their belief in a strong, free Union. Michael Green shows how Republicans wielded federal power to stop a rebellion while maintaining their hold on that power - the intersection of policy and politics.

    • European history
      April 2002

      Commemorating Trauma

      The Paris Commune and Its Cultural Aftermath

      by Peter Starr

    • Biography: general
      April 2003

      A Philadelphia Perspective

      The Civil War Diary of Sidney George Fisher

      by Sidney George Fisher, Edited and with a new introduction by Jonathan White

    • History of the Americas
      October 2004

      Confederate Phoenix

      Rebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina

      by Edmund L. Drago

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