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How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement

by Paul S. Sutter

In its infancy, the movement to protect wilderness areas in the United States was motivated less by perceived threats from industrial and agricultural activities than by concern over the impacts of automobile owners seeking recreational opportunities in wild areas. Countless commercial and government purveyors vigorously promoted the mystique of travel to breathtakingly scenic places, and roads and highways were built to facilitate such travel. By the early 1930s, New Deal public works programs brought these trends to a startling crescendo. The dilemma faced by stewards of the nation's public lands was how to protect the wild qualities of those places while accommodating, and often encouraging, automobile-based tourism. By 1935, the founders of the Wilderness Society had become convinced of the impossibility of doing both.

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Educating the Chinese Individual

Life in a Rural Boarding School

by Mette Halskov Hansen

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Ellavut / Our Yup'ik World and Weather

Continuity and Change on the Bering Sea Coast

by Ann Fienup-Riordan and Alice Reardon

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Emergence of Genetic Rationality

Space, Time, and Information in American Biological Science, 1870-1920

by Phillip Thurtle

The emergence of genetic science has profoundly shaped how we think about biology. Indeed, it is difficult now to consider nearly any facet of human experience without first considering the gene. But this mode of understanding life is not, of course, transhistorical. Phillip Thurtle takes us back to the moment just before the emergence of genetic rationality at the turn of the twentieth century to explicate the technological, economic, cultural, and even narrative transformations necessary to make genetic thinking possible.

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Empire and Identity in Guizhou

Local Resistance to Qing Expansion

by Jodi L. Weinstein

This historical investigation describes the Qing imperial authorities’ attempts to consolidate control over the Zhongjia, a non-Han population, in eighteenth-century Guizhou, a poor, remote, and environmentally harsh province in Southwest China. Far from submitting peaceably to the state’s quest for hegemony, the locals clung steadfastly to livelihood choices—chiefly illegal activities such as robbery, raiding, and banditry—that had played an integral role in their cultural and economic survival. Using archival materials, indigenous folk narratives, and ethnographic research, Jodi L. Weinstein shows how these seemingly subordinate populations challenged state power.

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Conservation, Cattle, and Commerce among the Q'eqchi' Maya Lowlanders

by Liza Grandia

This impassioned and rigorous analysis of the territorial plight of the Q'eqchi Maya of Guatemala highlights an urgent problem for indigenous communities around the world--repeated displacement from their lands.

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Encountering the Stranger

A Jewish-Christian-Muslim Trialogue

edited by Leonard Grob and John K. Roth

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Encounters in Avalanche Country

A History of Survival in the Mountain West, 1820-1920

by Diana L. Di Stefano

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Escape from Blood Pond Hell

The Tales of Mulian and Woman Huang

Beata Grant

Translations of two late-19th-century Chinese scrolls featuring popular religious literature in alternating verse and prose designed to both entertain and instruct. Graphic portrayals of the underworld; dramatization of popular Buddhist beliefs about death, salvation, and rebirth; and frank discussions of the demands of filial piety as well as women's perceived responsibility for sin will intrigue a contemporary audience.

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Essential Outsiders

Chinese and Jews in the Modern Transformation of Southeast Asia and Central Europe

edited by Daniel Chirot and Anthony Reid

Ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia, like Jews in Central Europe until the Holocaust, have been remarkably successful as an entrepreneurial and professional minority. Whole regimes have sometimes relied on the financial underpinnings of Chinese business to maintain themselves in power, and recently Chinese businesses have led the drive to economic modernization in Southeast Asia. But at the same time, they remain, as the Jews were, the quintessential “outsiders.” In some Southeast Asian countries they are targets of majority nationalist prejudices and suffer from discrimination, even when they are formally integrated into the nation.

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