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The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint

by Mita Choudhury Penn State University Press (December 09, 2015)

This microhistory investigates the famous and scandalous 1731 trial in which Catherine Cadière, a young woman in the south of France, accused her Jesuit confessor, Jean-Baptiste Girard, of seduction, heresy,...


The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America, 1630–1789

by Joshua Miller Penn State University Press (April 08, 1991)

The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America describes and explores the emergence of a directly democratic political culture in America, the Federalists' theoretical campaign against that culture, and the...


Rhetorical Style and Bourgeois Virtue

by Mark Garrett Longaker Penn State University Press (September 04, 2015)

During the British Enlightenment, the correlation between effective communication and moral excellence was undisputed—so much so that rhetoric was taught as a means of instilling desirable values in students....


Warfare and the Miraculous in the Chronicles of the First Crusade

by Elizabeth Lapina Penn State University Press (July 31, 2015)

In Warfare and the Miraculous in the Chronicles of the First Crusade, Elizabeth Lapina examines a variety of these chronicles, written both by participants in the crusade and by those who stayed behind. Her...


“Civilizing” Rio

by Teresa Meade Penn State University Press (November 27, 1996)

A massive urban renewal and public-health campaign in the first decades of the nineteenth century transformed Brazil's capital into a showcase of European architecture and public works. The renovation of Rio,...


The Native Conquistador

by Amber Brian, Bradley Benton & Pablo Garcia Loaeza Penn State University Press (May 26, 2015)

For many years, scholars of the conquest worked to shift focus away from the Spanish perspective and bring attention to the often-ignored voices and viewpoints of the Indians. But recent work that highlights...


The Storm Gathering

by Lorett Treese Penn State University Press (October 30, 1992)

Treese's book provides a popular history of Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary period from the vantage point of the heirs of William Penn.

Most Pennsylvanians are familiar with the story of William Penn and...


Broken Lights and Mended Lives

by William Caferro Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

A discussion by a broadly respected authority of the complicated relationship between theology and ordinary life in the early church. The first section of the book scrutinizes theology with a view to understanding...


Women and Guerrilla Movements

by Karen Kampwirth Penn State University Press (June 18, 2002)

The revolutionary movements that emerged frequently in Latin America over the past century promoted goals that included overturning dictatorships, confronting economic inequalities, and creating what Cuban revolutionary...


Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France

by Sarah Horowitz Penn State University Press (January 02, 2014)

In Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France, Sarah Horowitz brings together the political and cultural history of post-revolutionary France to illuminate how French society responded to and recovered...


The Improbable Conquest

by Pablo Garcia Loaeza & Victoria L. Garrett Penn State University Press (December 22, 2014)

The Improbable Conquest offers translations of a series of little-known letters from the chaotic Spanish conquest of the Río de la Plata region, uncovering a rich and understudied historical resource. These...


Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France

by Jonathan Dewald Penn State University Press (March 31, 2015)

In Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France, Jonathan Dewald explores European aristocratic society by looking closely at one of its most prominent families. The Rohan were rich, powerful, and respected,...


Sign of Pathology

by Nathan Stormer Penn State University Press (March 18, 2015)

Much of the political polarization that grips the United States is rooted in the so-called culture wars, and no topic defines this conflict better than the often contentious and sometimes violent debate over...


Animal Companions

by Ingrid H. Tague Penn State University Press (April 20, 2015)

Although pets existed in Europe long before the eighteenth century, the dominant belief was that pet keeping was at best frivolous and at worst downright dangerous. In Animal Companions, Ingrid Tague explores...


Priests of the French Revolution

by Joseph F. Byrnes Penn State University Press (August 08, 2014)

The 115,000 priests on French territory in 1789 belonged to an evolving tradition of priesthood. The challenge of making sense of the Christian tradition can be formidable in any era, but this was especially...


Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves

by Ann-Janine Morey Penn State University Press (August 29, 2014)

Dogs are as ubiquitous in American culture as white picket fences and apple pie, embracing all the meanings of wholesome domestic life—family, fidelity, comfort, protection, nurturance, and love—as well...


Collective Courage

by Jessica Gordon Nembhard Penn State University Press (April 11, 2014)

In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality. Not since W. E. B. Du Bois’s...


Citizens in a Strange Land

by Hermann Wellenreuther Penn State University Press (August 05, 2013)

In Citizens in a Strange Land, Hermann Wellenreuther examines the broadsides—printed single sheets—produced by the Pennsylvania German community. These broadsides covered topics ranging from local controversies...


Medical Caregiving and Identity in Pennsylvania's Anthracite Region, 1880–2000

by Karol K. Weaver Penn State University Press (August 08, 2011)

While much has been written about immigrant traditions, music, food culture, folklore, and other aspects of ethnic identity, little attention has been given to the study of medical culture, until now. In Medical...


Gorgeous Beasts

by Joan B. Landes, Paula Young Lee & Paul Youngquist Penn State University Press (September 28, 2012)

Gorgeous Beasts takes a fresh look at the place of animals in history and art. Refusing the traditional subordination of animals to humans, the essays gathered here examine a rich variety of ways animals contribute...


Traumatic Politics

by Barry M. Shapiro Penn State University Press (October 22, 2009)

The opening events of the French Revolution have stood as some of the most familiar in modern European history. Traumatic Politics emerges as a fresh voice from the existing historiography of this widely studied...


Lessons from America

by Doina Pasca Harsanyi Penn State University Press (April 14, 2010)

Every war has refugees; every revolution has exiles. Most of the refugees of the French Revolution mourned the demise of the monarchy. Lessons from America examines an unusual group who did not. Doina Pasca...


Nothing but Love in God's Water

by Robert Darden Penn State University Press (October 01, 2014)

The first of two volumes chronicling the history and role of music in the African American experience, Nothing but Love in God’s Water explores how songs and singers helped African Americans challenge and...


The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman

by Philip Boobbyer Penn State University Press (May 24, 2013)

The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman is an in-depth look at the life, spirituality, and ideology of one of the most original figures in twentieth-century religion. Frank Buchman (1878–1961), the Pennsylvania-born...