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  • Remembering War the American Wayby G. Kurt Piehler

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 16.95

    Wars do not fully end when the shooting stops. As G. Kurt Piehler reveals in this book, after every conflict from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf War, Americans have argued about how and for what deeds and heroes wars should be remembered. Drawing on sources ranging from government documents to Embalmer's Monthly , Piehler recounts efforts to... more...

  • Severedby Frances Larson

    Granta Publications 2014; US$ 26.67

    A serious and seriously entertaining exploration of the dark and varied obsessions that the 'civilized West' has had with decapitated heads and skulls, from a rising star of non-fiction writing more...

  • Possessors and Possessedby Wendy Shaw

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 68.95

    Possessors and Possessed analyzes how and why museums?characteristically Western institutions?emerged in the late-nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire. Shaw argues that, rather than directly emulating post-Enlightenment museums of Western Europe, Ottoman elites produced categories of collection and modes of display appropriate to framing a new identity... more...

  • Dry Storeroom No. 1by Richard Fortey

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 18.95

    A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary people, meticulous research, and driving passions that make London?s Natural History Museum one of the world?s greatest institutions. In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Richard Fortey takes his readers to a place where only a few privileged scientists, curators, and research specialists... more...

  • Museum Architectureby Suzanne MacLeod

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 41.95

    Recent decades have witnessed an explosion of museum building around the world and the subsequent publication of multiple texts dedicated to the subject. Museum Architecture: A new biography focuses on the stories we tell of museum buildings in order to explore the nature of museum architecture and the problems of architectural history when applied... more...

  • Museums in the German Art Worldby James J. Sheehan

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 84.99

    Combining the history of ideas, institutions and architecture, this study shows how the museum both reflected and shaped the place of art in German culture from the late-18th to the early-20th century. On a broader level, it explains the origin and character of the museum's role in modern culture. more...

  • Museums in the Material Worldby Simon Knell

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 54.95

    Museums in the Material World seeks to both introduce classic and thought-provoking pieces and contrast them with articles which reveal grounded practice. The articles are selected from across the full breadth of museum disciplines and are linked by a logical narrative, as detailed in the section introductions. The choice of articles reveals... more...

  • Stuffed Animals and Pickled Headsby Stephen T. Asma

    Oxford University Press, USA 2001; US$ 39.99

    The natural history museum is a place where the line between "high" and "low" culture effectively vanishes--where our awe of nature, our taste for the bizarre, and our thirst for knowledge all blend happily together. But as Stephen Asma shows in Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads, there is more going on in these great institutions... more...

  • The Legacyby Thomas Peter Bennett

    University Press of America 2010; US$ 39.99

    This book is an account of the origins, founding, and development in twentieth-century Florida of a people's museum that reflects Florida's changes through Spanish exploration, statehood, tourism, endangered manatees, and space development over a thousand years. This story of volunteerism leads to today's South Florida Museum and its several facilities. more...

  • Directory of Museums, Galleries and Buildings of Historic Interest in the UKby Keith W. Reynard

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 380.00

    This unique and important directory incorporates some 3,200 entries. It covers all types and sizes of museums; galleries of paintings, sculpture and photography; and buildings and sites of particular historic interest. It also provides an extensive index listing over 3,200 subjects. The directory covers national collections and major buildings, but... more...