Monday, February 1, 2016

January 19

It is based on specialized studies of social changes across early modern Europe (but primarily in France) that led to the Industrial and the French revolutions. Structured around communitiesvillages, towns, and citiesit offers a mine of fresh information about elites, the middle classes, the poor, demographic trends, marriage patterns, education, crime, social rebellions, and sexuality. As in late medieval, so in early modern Western Europe, the nuclear family of four or five people was the general norm. College teachers, students, anyone interested in the social life of the modern West will appreciate this beautifully written, soundly researched, and highly knowledgeable book. Bennett D. Hill, St. Anselm's Abbey, Washington, D.C. Kammen, Michael.              --amazon--

These sources confirm the terror of the medieval plague, the rapidity of its
spread, and the utter despondency left in the wake of its first strike. But they
also point to significant differences between the medieval and modern
bubonic plague, none more significant than the ability of humans to acquire
natural immunity to the former but not the latter.    --barns & noble--

Delicatessen  DVD

The French-filmed Delicatessen is set several years after a nuclear war has wiped out most of humanity. An ex-circus clown tries to get work as a butcher's assistant. He never asks himself why this job is always open, nor what has happened to his predecessors, nor even why his boss insists upon feeding him so well. What we know (but our hero doesn't) is that the butcher trades in "prime cuts" of human flesh. --rotten tomatoes--

 "The history of disease will go on, despite once confident predictions of an
end to epidemics in our times, and those who now wage the heroic struggle to
find elusive cures to our new plagues may find that they have more to learn
from the past than had once been thought."

  --barns & noble--

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