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Sources Elsewhere: Social Change
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An international collaborative project whose aim is to give voice to public opinion around the world on international issues. Research centers in 25 countries provide information to the project on the environment, globalization, trade, security, and human rights, for example.
From Our Library: Books on Revolutions
Below are just some examples of the library's materials on revolutions.
Call Number: 972.94 DUB
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
Demonstrates that Haiti's troubles owe more to a legacy of international punishment for the original sin of staging the only successful slave revolt in the world. The author depicts the isolation and impoverishment that followed the 1804 rebellion: the crushing indemnities imposed by the former French rulers, which initiated a cycle of debt; the multiple interventions by the U.S. armed forces, including a twenty-year occupation; and the internal divisions and political chaos that are the inevitable consequences of centuries of subversion.
The Causes of the English Civil War by
Call Number: 941.062 RUS
Publication Date: 1990-12-27
The traditional explanations involving the struggle for sovereignty and the bourgeois revolution have been questioned in recent years. Russell offers a compelling new analysis, bringing into focus fundamental religious and constitutional issues of vital importance to contemporaries. Drawing heavily on research in printed and unpublished sources, Russell highlights the constitutional problem of multiple kingdoms within Britain; the religious problem of competing theologies within and outside a state church; and the economic problem of the inadequacy of royal revenue to meet the needs of the monarchy.
The Oxford History of the French Revolution by
Call Number: 944.0403 DOY
Publication Date: 1989-07-13
A comprehensive and powerful account of the events in France and Europe between 1789 and 1799. Doyle describes the collapse of the Government, the calling of the Estates-General and the Principles of 1789. He then traces the fascinating history of France through revolution, terror, and counter-revolution, to the triumph of Napoleon in 1802, analyzing throughout the impact of the events on Europe.
The Unknown American Revolution by
Call Number: 973.3 NAS
Publication Date: 2005-06-23
Roots of radicalism -- Years of insurgence, 1761-1766 -- Building momentum, 1766-1774 -- Reaching the climax, 1774-1776 -- The dual revolution, 1776-1778 -- Writing on the clean slate, 1776-1780 -- Radicalism at floodtide, 1778-1781 -- Taming the revolution, 1780-1785 -- Epilogue : sparks from the altar of '76.
From Our Library: Books on Social Change
Below are just some examples of the library's materials on social change.
Blood, Iron and Gold by
Call Number: 385.09 WOL
Publication Date: 2010-03-02
The first railways -- Europe makes a start -- The British influence -- The American way -- Joining up Europe -- Crossing America... -- ...and other continents -- The invasion of the railway -- The railway revolution -- Getting better all the time -- Changing trains -- Decline but not fall -- Railway Renaissance.
Call Number: 304.28 DIA
Publication Date: 2004-12-29
Moving from the prehistoric Polynesian culture of Easter Island to the formerly flourishing Native American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya, the doomed medieval Viking colony on Greenland, and finally to the modern world, Diamond traces a pattern of catastrophe, spelling out what happens when we squander our resources, when we ignore the signals or environment gives us.
Encyclopedia of American Social Movements by
Call Number: REF 973.9 ENC Vols. 1-4
Publication Date: 2004-08-10
Examines every social movement in American history, covering each movement's goals, tactics, and impact, as well as its successes and failures.
Jihad vs. McWorld by
Call Number: 909.829 BAR
Publication Date: 1996-07-30
A study of how democracy is suffering from the forces of consumerist capitalism, which has broken down the borders between countries, creating a global village of communications, information, entertainment, and commerce; and religious and tribal fundamentalism, which is splintering the world into small, intolerant factions.
Call Number: 303.49 PEN
Publication Date: 2007-09-05
Penn delves into the ever-splintering societal subsets with which Americans are increasingly identifying, and what they mean.
The Third Wave by
Call Number: 301.24 TOF
Publication Date: 1980-03-01
A discussion of social change on the civilization of the future.
The World until Yesterday by
Call Number: 305.89 DIA
Publication Date: 2012-12-31
A firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today.
Diamond draws extensively from his decades of field work in the Pacific islands, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people, and others.
Why Nations Fail by
Call Number: 330 ACE
Publication Date: 2012-03-20
Based on fifteen years of original research, Acemoglu and Robinson marshal historical evidence from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, from Korea to Africa, to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today.
From Our Library: Books on Political Systems
Below are just some examples of the library's materials on political systems.
Encyclopedia of World Political Systems by
Call Number: REF 324.96 DER Vols. 1-2
Publication Date: 1999-12-13
Describes systems of government from throughout the world, relates them to unique social and economic influences, identifies particular features common to all or most, and makes objective comparisons.
The Enlightenment by
Call Number: 940.25 PAG
Publication Date: 2013-04-23
Pagden traces the origins of this seminal movement, showing how Enlightenment concepts directly influenced modern culture, making possible a secular, tolerant, and, above all, cosmopolitan world.
The Wrath of Nations by
Call Number: 320.5 PFA
Publication Date: 1993-11-01
The author of traces the origins of nationalism and shows how it divides, threatens, and dominates the post-Cold War world.
From Our Library: Articles on World History Topics
The Home tab in the World History guide provides links to several library databases. They serve as good starting places for your research.
Remember that besides articles many databases also include photos and other illustrations, maps, charts, and primary sources!