Below Ground. History and Futures of the Underground Frontier
This Living Book explores the penetration and valorization of the underground realm since the 19th century. It critically reflects the accelerated expansion of capitalist societies into the depths of the Earth and the attendant promise of sustainability and resilience.
Women, Gender and Computing
This living book analyses how the role of women in computing has evolved in the US and Europe from the 1940s. It studies how this field became more and more a masculine domain, while giving an overview of gendered practices and uses.
Towards an Expanded History of Television
This Living Book shows the fruitfulness of research on an object, television, still in search of academic and institutional legitimacy. It lays the foundations for an expanded history of the medium while presenting emblematic texts from its historiography.
The Literary and the Social
Literature is never isolated from the social world, and there has been no shortage of works written to develop, intensify or illustrate that statement. The present anthology retraces the history of sociological and sociocritical approaches to literature, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.
The Dancing Fool and the mundus inversus
Fools teem in the initials, miniatures, and illuminated margins of medieval manuscripts. Variously portrayed next to King David, forming farandoles and dances of death, or taking part in the Feast of Fools, the fools represent, with extraordinary cultural continuity, a brilliant and scholarly model of the world, that of the mundus inversus.
Histories of the Internet and The Web
By means of a selection of sources and research essays, this anthology seeks to provide an extended panorama of the variety of actors, trajectories, perspectives, methods and writings of Internet and Web history.
La situation coloniale
This contribution is about North-South-relations in the 20th century. It focuses on a paper by the French anthropologist Georges Balandier. The argument is that assuming a dichotomy between the West and the rest of the world prevents scholars from understanding global change.
History of the welfare state
International comparison shows a diversity among welfare states, which also exists within individual welfare systems where private and public actors collide. In order to better account for this plurality a new comprehension of Statism is needed.
The History of Modern Administration
This anthology of the Swiss Federal Archives outlines the history of modern administration using selected sources of the Swiss Federal Archives: the development of a federal administration, measures of professionalization, excerpts from debates on expansion, rationalization, efficiency increase, and privatization.
Miracles, Marvels and Monsters in the Middle Ages
Medieval wonders can be divided into two main groups: miracles (religious wonders performed by God after the invocation of saints) and marvels (natural wonders), which also included monsters. Both phenomena open our eyes to a multiply entangled history, in which medieval people expressed the order of divinely created nature.