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Cover page of Mapping Political Economies over Time, GIS Exercise 4: Comparing Urban Population Densities in 19th Century China and France

Mapping Political Economies over Time, GIS Exercise 4: Comparing Urban Population Densities in 19th Century China and France

(2021)

A Primer of Regional Systems Theory and Methods for the Study of Historical Economies, Societies and Polities, and their Integration into the Modern World System. Presents a methodology for mapping and comparing 19th Century Urban Population Densities between China and France.

Cover page of Mapping Political Economies over Time, GIS Exercise 1: Urban Systems in 19th Century France

Mapping Political Economies over Time, GIS Exercise 1: Urban Systems in 19th Century France

(2021)

A Primer of Regional Systems Theory and Methods for the Study of Historical Economies, Societies and Polities, and their Integration into the Modern World System. Example of France in the 19th century.

Cover page of Mapping Political Economies over Time, GIS Exercise 3: Urban Systems in 19th Century China

Mapping Political Economies over Time, GIS Exercise 3: Urban Systems in 19th Century China

(2021)

A Primer of Regional Systems Theory and Methods for the Study of Historical Economies, Societies and Polities, and their Integration into the Modern World System. Example of Urban Systems in 19th Century China.

Cover page of Mapping Political Economies over Time, GIS Exercise 2: Cities and Water Transportation in 19th Century France

Mapping Political Economies over Time, GIS Exercise 2: Cities and Water Transportation in 19th Century France

(2021)

A Primer of Regional Systems Theory and Methods for the Study of Historical Economies, Societies and Polities, and their Integration into the Modern World System. Example of Cities in relation to Navigable Waterways in 19th Century France.

Cover page of <i>The Witch of Edmonton</i>: Witchcraft, Inversion, and Social Criticism

The Witch of Edmonton: Witchcraft, Inversion, and Social Criticism

(2018)

The witchcraft plot in The Witch of Edmonton is decidedly secondary. The historical context helps us understand it: while belief in witchcraft was near universal, uncertainty always hovered over individual cases. The social criticism articulated by the witch in the play, with its attack on the abuse of the poor (especially poor women) by their neighbours is central to the impact of the play. If those in power are held accountable, the responsibilities of the patriarchs who failed Frank Thorney — his father and master — are also in question. The witch calls into question all those given authority in society.

Cover page of The Contradictions of Patriarchy in Early Modern England

The Contradictions of Patriarchy in Early Modern England

(2018)

This essay argues that in order to develop an understanding of patriarchy as a dynamic historical force, we need to think about it as a social formation which, like capitalism, both shapes and is shaped by other aspects of society. Also like capitalism, patriarchy embodies numerous contradictions. Those contradictions provide space for female agency, as well as possibilities of change. The ability of patriarchy to change and adapt, by moving through various contradictions, helps us understand the process by which patriarchal equilibrium is maintained. The contradictions are illustrated by an examination of two sets of failures of patriarchy in early modern England, unruly wives and failed patriarchs. Both men and women failed in the performance of patriarchy, but the ways they did so shed light on the specific ways patriarchy functions at any particular time.