The publication of "Lost Worlds" introduces to English-speaking readers one of the most original and engaging historians in Germany today. Known for his work in historical demography, Arthur E. Imhof here branches out into folklore, religion, anthropology, psychology and the history of art. Originally published in Germany in 1984, "Lost Worlds" is similar in approach to Natalie Davis's "The Return of Martin Guerre" and Carlo Ginzburg's "Cheese and the Worms". Imhof begins by reconstructing the world and worldview of Johannes Hooss, a farmer in a remote Hessian village. The everyday life of such a man was particular to his region; he spoke a local dialect and shared a regional culture. By exploring the various systems that made sense out of this circumscribed existence - astrology, the folklore of the seasons, and Christian interpretations of birth, confirmation, marriage and death - Imhof expands the book into a speculation on why life in the late 20th century can seem meaningless and difficult.Über den Autor:
Arthur E. Imhof is Professor of Historical Demography and Social History at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institute, the Free University of Berlin, and has published a number of widely praised books in German. Thomas Robisheaux is Associate Professor of History at Duke University. He is the author of Rural Society and the Quest for Order in Early Modern Germany.
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Buchbeschreibung University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1996. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Fine. Translated by Thomas Robisheaux. Many b&w photos and diagrams. A fine hardcover copy with bright gilt spine lettering. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine jacket; light shelf wear. NOT ex-library. Indexed. 199pg. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: European History; ISBN: 0813916593. ISBN/EAN: 9780813916590. Inventory No: 019273. Artikel-Nr. 019273