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University of Nevada, Reno Department of History

Works: 76 works in 142 publications in 1 language and 242 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses  History  Exhibition catalogs 
Classifications: D899, 741.5909034074019355
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He who loves the Workman and his Work improves it : the religion of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Blakely K Hume( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson proposed that in order for republican values to flourish in the republic virtue must be cultivated in society. They believed a reasonable religion was the necessary foundation to uphold this virtue. The letters they shared suggested a rationally critiqued faith that would provide the necessary foundation for the republic, one at odds with the rising evangelical religion so popular in the republic. The first goal of this project is to examine their correspondence to show how they used enlightened principles of reason and debate to provide an intellectual inquiry into the historical perversions they perceived in their "Christian" society. For Adams and Jefferson, a properly constructed religion emerged from a series of discussions about its content. The language that they used with each other revolved around three intellectual suppositions about religion. First, the essence of understanding religion, for them, was to examine and critique religious writers, materials, and doctrines. Second, such a critique led them to question specific points of religious doctrine and to determine the accuracy or inconsistency in their faith. Third, this questioning of doctrine led them to an enlightened, well-reasoned, and reformed religious belief. While this study speaks to the current historiography and the "culture wars" regarding religion during the Revolution presently debated in American politics, it also provides the ancient and colonial religious context into which Adams's and Jefferson's discussion may be placed. Historians must recover the theological meaning behind the religious conversations these men had with one another to explain what they meant when they chose to define themselves as "Christian." The process of recovering their faith by contextualizing the correspondence of Adams and Jefferson is the second goal of this project. By contextualizing their correspondence, historians may decipher Adams's and Jefferson's intentions about religion. The language they use in their letters demonstrates four things. First, they viewed themselves as "real Christians," not as "Deists" or "Unitarians" or "Atheists" as they have been labeled at various stages in their lives and by historians since. Second, they were willing--though privately and only with each other--to use reason and rationality as the basis for their faith. Third, having reason and rationality as the basis for their faith, they critiqued commonly held beliefs of "Christian" society at the time discovering many of those beliefs to be corrupt. Finally, these letters indicate what they believed was an accurate understanding of the religion of their culture without any doctrinal corruption. Interpreting their letters in this context Adams and Jefferson defined religion very differently in their era: they implemented revolutionary enlightenment thinking to reassess their religious beliefs to arrive at a "rational Christianity" which, to them, represented a "purified and enlightened Christianity." Both men understood that this religion was highly contentious and problematic. The faith that emerged was a very different and unorthodox "Christianity," one that would be wholly unrecognizable and unacceptable to not only their culture, but to the cultures that followed
Ulrich Molitor's De lamiis et pythonicis mulieribus : purposes for the publication of a new witchcraft handbook by Amy Ghilieri( )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inquisitorial and secular witchcraft handbooks during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were largely dynamic texts, depending on the intended audience and publication date. The most significant of these was certainly the Malleus Maleficarum, published in 1487 by Jacob Sprenger and Heinrich Institoris. This vade mecum of procedure and ideology was the basis for many other texts of this nature, including the De Lamiis et Pythonicis Mulierihus (Concerning Witches and Demons), written by Ulrich Molitor in 1489, only three years after the initial publication of the Malleus Maleficarum (Witches' Hammer) . In sharp contrast to the frequently studied Malleus, Ulrich Molitor's work has received little attention from scholars, allowing room for speculation as to why the book gained such popularity. There are many reasons why such a work would be published, but the similarity in scope, argument, and publication date between these texts make these reasons unclear. Ultimately, it will be argued that while the De Lamiis was published at the request of Sigismund the Archduke of Austria in order to further explain the "witchcraft problem" during his reign, the book's popularity resulted from the marketing techniques used in its publication. Publishers of the work employed literary methods that became popular during the fifteenth century, namely, the use of didactic dialogue in the vernacular. What is more, the type of illustrations used throughout the text appealed to unsophisticated readers, some of whom were only marginally literate. This emphasis on vernacular literature was furthered by the changes that took place in publishing and the marketing of texts during the fifteenth century, including the smaller format and use of less dense text blocks of the De Lamiiss . The timing for the publication of Molitor's work immediately after the publication of the Malleus was ideal given the contextual environment of fifteenth century Germany. It followed the perfect "trend" of the time, the witchcraft movement, and was marketed perfectly within that trend, which allowed it to remain popular for centuries
The Fainting Mary : the role of Marian divinity in colonial Nahuatl drama by Deanna S Brandenberger( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of Marian divinity within colonial Nahuatl drama in Mexico. The Virgin Mary is typically associated within Christianity as a staple of biblical representation and devotion. However, her representation within the colonial dramas indicates various attributes of pre-Columbian culture and religious belief. The analysis of 6 of the 19 currently available Nahuatl theatrical plays are examined and compared to the historiography and primary sources regarding pre-Colombian culture, and religion in particular, as well as the orthodoxy and hybridity of Christianity in the New World. Historiography of colonial Mexico, Christianity, the Franciscans, and Nahuatl Theater are employed to assist in the establishment of precedential work within the ethnographical subfield of cultural studies. The ritualization of theater strengthens the paradigm of compromised conversion in colonial Mexico and the creation of a syncretic religion, and thereby, hybrid deities. Nahuas found ways of demonstrating their traditional forms of worship by incorporating them into the practices introduced by the Franciscans. Nahuatl theater was a unique form of evangelization among the Aztecs, and its success was due to the cultural parallels in belief and ritual performance which could be translated across the cultural and linguistic barriers which stifled other efforts of proselytization. By allowing religious compromise, the lines of identity of divinity merged with the native associations. Mary began absorbed attributes of pre-Columbian deities and her identity became a conglomeration of many aspects. The figure of the Virgin Mary is a hybrid construct as a result of the confluence of cultures as a result of the Spanish Conquest in colonial Mexico and the subsequent evangelization efforts by Franciscans who utilized theater in order to accomplish it. Her attributes are distinctly syncretic with other feminine divinities which existed prior to the introduction of Christianity in the New World, and through her, they were reconciled with her Christian aspects, preserving a unique conceptual product within a unique vehicle of conversion: Nahuatl theater. The study proves that the Marian construct also became a legitimator of native autonomy in addition to a source of devotion
The culture of the good death in seventeenth-century Mexico City by James Courtney Flaks( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catholicism, Colonial Latin America, Death, Good Death, Mexico City, Seventeenth-century
Political cartoons in art & history : England, France & America, 1750-1890 by Elizabeth Buckley( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Searching for America's nuclear heritage : an exercise in recent memory at America's atomic museums by Andrew H Gahan( )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The events that occurred in the summer of 1945 altered the trajectory of human history. Not only did the Trinity Test in the New Mexico desert and the atomic bombings in Japan forcefully usher in the nuclear age, their long-term impact altered the ways in which societies and their governments conducted foreign policy, waged war, and thought about the future of humanity. This study examines representations of those events and their long-term influences on American society and culture as portrayed in museum exhibits. It particularly focuses on the role of museums as memory institutions and the part they play in creating a distinctive memorial or historical narrative. This study utilizes various theories and observations as models on how society creates and maintains public memory, and it seeks to differentiate the diverse but similar meanings of history and heritage. Two narratives underscore the exhibitions within America's atomic museums that establish the historical context and the frameworks of collective memory. The first is the rush to build the atomic bomb during World War II and the creation and impact of the Manhattan Project. The Museum interprets the dawn of the atomic age by highlighting the hectic pace of the Project and the "race" to build the bomb. The second narrative takes a broad look at the Cold War and the role that nuclear weapons played in ensuring a measure of peace between the world's two superpowers. This particular representation focuses on the nuclear paradox that views nuclear weapons as both the ultimate instrument of mass destruction and the ultimate peacekeepers. These two narratives construct one aspect of America's nuclear heritage that defines the role nuclear weapons have played since the dawn of the nuclear age
Reno at the races : the sporting life versus progressive reform by Emerson Marcus( )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The thesis examines horse race betting in the state of Nevada from 1915 to 1931 and how two opposing forces--sporting life and progressive reform--converged as state lawmakers passed progressive gambling legislation. While maybe not a catalyst, this legislation began Nevada's slippery slope to becoming a wide-open gambling state. It examines how the acceptance of horse race betting opened the door for more ambitious forms of gambling while other states eventually followed Nevada's lead and passed similar horse race betting law during the Great Depression. While other western states followed suit and legalized horse race betting during the Great Depression, month-long race meetings in Reno disbanded as Nevada opened itself to wide-open gambling
The thin gray line : United Confederate Veterans Camp no. 941 and the conservation of confederate memory by Stephen L Shirley( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ireland in ruins : roots of Ireland's cultural revival, history and archaeology in the nineteenth century by Holly Clarine Smith( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis will analyze the interpretations of ancient sites in Ireland for their place in the history of antiquarianism, and trace the progression of influences through written accounts of Irish history and archaeological interpretations compiled around these sites for culturally nationalist underpinnings. The sites were used to market an evolving imagined community of Irish citizens, and create varying stages of a common Irish history: the ancient tomb Newgrange; The ringfort of Dun Aengus, the monastery of Clonmacnoise, and the Hill of Tara. When I compare the narrative given to the sites in the nineteenth century with the later reinvestigations, a new history of the professionalization of archaeology and the changing interpretation of heritage in Ireland can be discerned. I demonstrate that both efforts at objective scientific analysis and ideologically invested interpretation, were always present and that the dialectic between them is what characterizes the evolution of antiquarian to professional
The biggest little struggle : Black activism in Reno, 1954 to 1965 by Geralda D Miller( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis examines the role of African Americans in the desegregation of Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Racist practices akin to the Jim Crow system of the South were prevalent in Reno, a popular city for gambling and quickie marriages and divorces. African Americans were denied service in public accommodations and discriminated against in employment and housing. This thesis analyzes the subtle racism that plagued the city and the political activism organized by the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 1959, with Reno in the spotlight because of upcoming Winter Olympics at nearby Squaw Valley in 1960, a small group of African Americans began a passive form of activism. The integration they experienced, if only for the ten days of the athletic games, was enough to spur them to continue their freedom struggle and engage in more active forms of protest, including picketing, marching and boycotting. Their activism resulted in the state legislature passing several pieces of civil rights legislation in the 1960s. However, de facto segregation did not end until the passage of a state civil rights bill in 1965 after the federal Civil Rights Act passed
The Golden Age and the Age of Gold : memory and the alchemy of history in California, 1877-1888 by Travis E Ross( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis analyzes the process by which Hubert Howe Bancroft and his assistant Thomas Savage collected a preserved a primary cultural memory of California from the aging populations of Alta California (1769-1846) in the form of dictated oral memoirs. The diversity of the testators included in the project mirrored the diversity of Alta California, producing a multi-ethnic cultural memory of California that, in spite of that diversity, collectively emphasized continuity between the Alta Californian past and the state of California in the late 1870s. That the primary memory of Alta California's transformation into the thirty-first state was one of continuity contrasted with the real ways in which that transition had robbed many of the testators of their property and wealth. In spite of their fall from the social status many of them had enjoyed in Alta California, a decline well-documented by historians, the testators collectively argued for continuity between the California they recalled creating and the one in which Thomas Savage interviewed them in 1877 and 1878. Bancroft eventually contributed to the emerging secondary memory of California's founding, which emphasized historical rupture between Alta California and the modern state, beginning with the Gold Rush. That fundamental disagreement of memory did not result from Bancroft or Savage ignoring the oral sources that they had labored to collect. Rather, it resulted from the pair's tendency to dismiss the narratives of the dictations and to use them only for the facts that they contained based on their belief that oral sources contained historical information in the same way that archival documents do: facts buried within otherwise superfluous information. They wrote an early manifestation of the emerging secondary memory of California's transition, now its founding, that drew significantly from the individual memories of the dictations while rejecting the overarching narrative of continuity, positing absolute historical rupture instead. Thus, this thesis explains how and why Bancroft and Savage labored to preserve the primary cultural memory of Alta California and its transition to U.S. rule even as they eventually helped to rewrite a secondary cultural memory of California that posited the opposite: California, created ex nihilo
Future commonwealths : civic identity and economic rhetoric in Cooperation, 1914-1924 by Brian D Pringle( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study explores the changing relationship between civic identity and economic rhetoric between the recession of 1913-14 and the years immediately following the recession of 1920-21 as represented by the main organ of the American consumer cooperative movement, Cooperation (originally called The Co-operative Consumer). Published originally by the Consumers' Cooperative Union and later by the Cooperative League of the United States, Cooperation promoted a revolutionary political economy and culture against "the evils of private capitalism and private profit." Targeted at cooperative organizers and members, the purpose of Cooperation was to facilitate cooperative organization and education, to report events concerning cooperatives, and to be a vehicle for cooperators, both nationally and internationally, to share ideas and strategies. Examining the ways in which this dialogue served to construct and refine cooperative thought in terms of revolutionary strategy and technique, this essay argues that cooperators' thought ultimately transcended consumer organization and translated into an alternate conceptualization of civic and political participation that attempted to balance radical communitarianism with an ideal of commutative justice
Byzantine sorrow and Venetian joy : the failure of Byzantine diplomacy and the expansion of trade in the Mediterranean, 700-1200 by Daniel Echebarria( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the seventh century to the twelfth century, the Byzantine Empire faced the threat of invasion and trading competition from allies in the West. In order to address these problems, the emperors used a variety of diplomatic strategies that stood in contrast to those employed by Western European polities. These strategies included: gifts and tribute, Christian conversion, imperial marriage, subterfuge and father-figure-diplomacy. However, the diplomatic relationship between Venice and Constantinople shows the limitations of these strategies and their failure to stop Venetian economic dominance. By describing each feature in turn, it can be shown how Byzantine diplomacy helped create expanded trade in Western Europe as well as weaken the Empire against the rise of Venice as a major trading power
Framing rickets : diet, heredity and environment in Great Britain and France 1860-1930 by Alisse Ulrich( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis will demonstrate how different medical, political and social factors framed the way physicians and researchers diagnosed, examined and treated children with rickets in Great Britain and France from 1860 to 1930. Population anxieties caused by war, a declining birth rate, and a rising infant and child mortality rate, as well as a growing concern over children's health, formed the background for research into the causation and treatment of rickets, in which diet, climate and heredity were considered to be causal factors. These factors were examined by physicians and researchers through two different research methods, clinical medicine and experimental medicine. Physicians and researchers in Great Britain successfully used both methods in the examination of rickets to identify the causation of the disease. In France, physicians and researchers primarily used the clinical approach. Furthermore, their understanding of rickets was characterized by a strong tendency to emphasize heredity. Historiographies on childhood, children's health and welfare, population anxieties, medicine, and rickets itself, support the ideas presented by the primary resources (such as the importance of the clinical approach in both countries, the use of the experimental approach and the emphasis on diet and environment in Great Britain, and the prevalence of the heredity theory in France) by illustrating how the study of rickets addressed concerns about population and children's health. This study contributes to these different threads of historiography by using medical publications, including those based on lectures and clinical case studies, as well as statistical surveys to demonstrate how the disease was framed and the effect this had on the research concerning rickets
Activity and activism : Lewis and Nathan Clark and the evolution of Sierra Club photography, 1924-1961 by Kimberly J Roberts( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using the photography of Sierra Club members Lewis and Nathan Clark, this thesis explores the relationship between image and landscape in the rise of outdoor recreation in early and mid twentieth century America. Focusing on the role of photography in the construction, articulation, and representation of landscape, I trace two concurrent shifts in Sierra Club history. First, I examine how the Sierra Club members, who originally used images to write and record their own history, began to deploy those images as part of public awareness campaigns. Second, I analyze how the Sierra Club shifted from a social club using landscape as a hub for recreational activity to a political club using notions of landscape to campaign for environmental causes. By analyzing how the Sierra Club published and disseminated a set of cultural values through the medium of photography and by connecting these values to the construction of a physical landscape, this thesis examines the co-evolution of image, activity, and place as a form of social practice shared within a community and broadcast outward. By explicitly avoiding the limiting and passive paradigm of consumption and advertising that has become prevalent in cultural landscape studies of this type through a focus on landscapes as finished products or static images, I offer new methodological considerations as a means to access amateur photography and tourist imagery
Text and image in Ulrich Molitor's De Lamiis et phitonicis mulieribus, 1489-1669 : a bibliographic and cultural analysis by Amy Ghilieri( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1489 Ulrich Molitor wrote De Lamiis et phitonicis mulieribus at the request of Sigismund, the Archduke of Austria, in order to explain the realities of witchcraft within the region of Tyrol. Published just two years after the infamous Malleus Maleficarum, De Lamiis was meant to be an inexpensive publication that addressed Sigismund's concerns regarding witchcraft, while appealing to a more general public. As the first printed manual on witchcraft activity that was illustrated, it became an instant success and was subsequently published more frequently than the Malleus between 1489 and 1669. In this study, I: (1) determine the nature of the text - number of editions, details of each edition, etc., and (2) identify the book's legacy. Ultimately this study provides an analysis of the role that De lamiis played in the visual formation of the witch in Europe, from the late fifteenth-century to the seventeenth-century. Due to the wide dispersal of De lamiis between 1489 and 1669, the association of text and image within the book helped create what, by the mid sixteenth century, became the visual representation of the witch
Stay for a dollar a day : California's church hostels and support during the Japanese American eviction and resettlement, 1942-1947 by Jeffrey C Copeland( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis examines the support California's church groups offered to Japanese Americans during their eviction, internment, and resettlement from 1942 to 1947, centered on the hostels those groups opened to house, feed, provide storage, and seek employment and long-term housing for their Japanese residents. It first provides a hitherto unwritten narrative of that state's church hostel efforts that have been overshadowed by those in Midwestern and Eastern states that operated for nearly two years before the West Coast was reopened to internees. The origins of California's church hostels during resettlement had roots in the eviction, however, when certain denominations were among the lone supporters of Japanese Americans and demonstrated Christian charity by providing housing, securing storage for their goods, and generally lending a measure of humanity to an otherwise inhumane situation. These church hostels also voiced strong support for the government that was prosecuting the internment of the very people they claimed to support. Conflating Christian and democratic language, church leaders in this period voiced support for a popular war and simultaneously for the most unpopular ethnic group in the country. During eviction, they manifested support of the government through trust in its claim of military necessity, and during internment and resettlement adopted from whole cloth its program of assimilation, steps that afforded a measure of self-insulation them to provide aid to "the enemy." This paradox of church support in this period is the central focus of this thesis
"Work worth doing" : Nevada women's clubs and the creation of community, 1860-1920 by Cyd McMullen( )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sanctioned self-immolation : suicide in the lives of women in China, 17th-21st century by Tiffani L Thomas( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reinterment at the African Burial Ground : the material result of ideology by Laura Elizabeth Rocke( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1991, during ground clearing for the construction of two Federal Buildings in lower Manhattan, human skeletal remains were unearthed. The remains belonged to 18th century African New Yorkers who used the land, known historically as the Negros Burial Ground, to bury their dead during the majority of the 1700s. As a result of this discovery, a more than decade long political and cultural struggle ensued between the General Services Administration (the federal agency in charge of the construction project), scientists and scholars, and a community of activists who advocated on behalf of the remains. The activists sought reinterment of the remains as well as memorialization of the burial ground, now referred to as the African Burial Ground, and the 18th century individuals buried there. A team of archaeologists studied the four hundred nineteen sets of remains exhumed from the site, which is estimated to contain approximately twenty thousand burials. The goal of their research was to better understand how these 18th century African New Yorkers lived and their role in the development of colonial New York. Upon completion of this research, the remains were reinterred on October 4, 2003, at the site from where they had been disinterred, where the New York African Burial Ground National Monument would eventually be. This thesis examines the process and significance surrounding reinterment of the remains: the decision to do so and who was involved in and responsible for that decision, as well as the discussions, negotiations, and planning process that eventually culminated in the five day long event to reinter and memorialize the men, women, and children originally buried at this site over two-hundred years prior. It argues that reinterment was advocated for and undertaken by activists due to the shared set of ideas among them regarding the significance of the remains and the consequent significance of reinterring and memorializing them
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