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Gillis, John R.

Works: 43 works in 256 publications in 5 languages and 10,628 library holdings
Genres: History  Folklore  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: HQ796, 305.23094
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Most widely held works about John R Gillis
Most widely held works by John R Gillis
Youth and history; tradition and change in European age relations, 1770-present by John R Gillis( Book )

55 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jugend / Europa / GEschichte (1770)
For better, for worse : British marriages, 1600 to the present by John R Gillis( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 2006 in English and Japanese and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over de ontwikkeling van het huwelijk in de loop van de Engelse geschiedenis tot één van de belangrijkste relatievormen tussen mensen
A world of their own making : myth, ritual, and the quest for family values by John R Gillis( Book )

22 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and German and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our whole society may be obsessed with "family values," but, as historian John Gillis points out in this entertaining and eye-opening narrative, most of our images of "home sweet home" are of very recent vintage. In fact, our most cherished family rituals (Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, white weddings, reunions, Father's Day, and Mother's Day) didn't even exist until the Victorian era. A World of Their Own Making questions our idealized notion of "The Family," a mind-set in which myth and symbol still hold sway. As the families we live with become more fragile, the symbolic families we live by become more powerful. Yet it is only by accepting the notion that our rituals, myths, and images must be open to perpetual revision that we can satisfy our human needs and changing circumstances. Our families are worlds of our own making. By using the past to throw light on the present, Gillis empowers us to enjoy and accept responsibility for our own creations
Commemorations : the politics of national identity by John R Gillis( Book )

23 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memory is as central to modern politics as politics is central to modern memory. We are so accustomed to living in a forest of monuments, to having the past represented to us through museums, historic sites, and public sculpture, that we easily lose sight of the recent origins and diverse meanings of these uniquely modern phenomena. In this volume, leading historians, anthropologists, and ethnographers explore the relationship between collective memory and national identity in diverse cultures throughout history. Placing commemorations in their historical settings, the contributors disclose the contested nature of these monuments by showing how groups and individuals struggle to shape the past to their own ends
The Prussian bureaucracy in crisis, 1840-1860 : origins of an administrative ethos by John R Gillis( Book )

12 editions published in 1971 in English and German and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development of European society, 1770-1870 by John R Gillis( Book )

12 editions published between 1977 and 1983 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Islands of the mind : how the human imagination created the Atlantic world by John R Gillis( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Islands of the Mind, historian John R. Gillis explores the fascination with islands throughout history, looking at everything from ancient Greek epics, religious symbolism of early Christians, Atlantis and other myths, to the modern tourism industry. Islands fired the imaginations of explorers as they voyaged into the unknown in search of utopia and captivated scientific minds as well, the Galapagos inspiring Darwin and Samoa enchanting Margaret Mead. A sweeping, magisterial, and utterly enchanting work of cultural history, Islands of the Mind draws the reader under the same spell that islands themselves hold over the human imagination."--Jacket
The Militarization of the Western world( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The human shore : seacoasts in history by John R Gillis( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since before recorded history, people have congregated near water. But as growing populations around the globe continue to flow toward the coasts on an unprecedented scale and climate change raises water levels, our relationship to the sea has begun to take on new and potentially catastrophic dimensions. The latest generation of
The European experience of declining fertility, 1850-1970 : the quiet revolution( Book )

14 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Becoming historians( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this unique collection, the memoirs of eleven historians provide a fascinating portrait of a formative generation of scholars. Born around the time of World War II, these influential historians came of age just before the upheavals of the 1960s and '70s and helped to transform both their discipline and the broader world of American higher education. The self-inventions they thoughtfully chronicle led, in many cases, to the invention of new fields--including women's and gender history, social history, and public history--that cleared paths in the academy and made the study of the past more capacious and broadly relevant. In these stories--skillfully compiled and introduced by James Banner and John Gillis--aspiring historians will find inspiration and guidance, experienced scholars will see reflections of their own dilemmas and struggles, and all readers will discover a rare account of how today's seasoned historians embarked on their intellectual journeys"--Provided by publisher
A world of their own making : a history of myth and ritual in family life by John R Gillis( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Speaking to history : the story of King Goujian in twentieth-century China by Paul A Cohen( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ancient story of King Goujian, a psychologically complex fifth-century BCE monarch, spoke powerfully to the Chinese during China's turbulent twentieth century. In "Speaking to History", Paul A. Cohen opens this previously missing (to the West) chapter of China's recent history. He connects the story to each of the major traumas of the last century, tracing its versatility as a source of inspiration and hope and elegantly exploring, on a more general level, why such stories often remain sealed up within a culture, unknown to outsiders. Labeling this phenomenon 'insider cultural knowledge', Cohen investigates the relationship between past story and present reality. He inquires why at certain moments in their collective lives peoples are especially drawn to narratives from the distant past that resonate strongly with their current circumstances, and why the Chinese have returned over and over to a story from twenty-five centuries ago. In this imaginative stitching of story to history, Cohen reveals how the shared narratives of a community help to define its culture and illuminate its history
Fluid frontiers : new currents in marine environmental history by Islands, and Coastal Environments (Conference) Fluid Frontiers: Exploring Oceans( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Home Sweet Home Around the House in the 1800s by John R Gillis( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In rough frontier cabins, tidy farmhouses, and elegant townhouses, Americans in the 1800s were dedicated to living as well and as comfortably as their circumstances allowed. The American home was a sacred institution, the seat of family life where the patriarch ruled with Mother at his side as guardian of the home, and the children were raised with strict discipline and strong values. Changes in taste and fashion, improvements in technology (indoor plumbing and a host of new labor-saving devices), and social change transformed home and family life in the 1800s, as opportunities for leisure activities and commercially produced consumer goods came within reach of the average American. But the strong American tradition of the sanctity of the home, consumerism, and the importance of a happy family life has its roots in the homes of nineteenth-century Americans
Scandals and Glory Politics in the 1800s by John R Gillis( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the principles of democracy firmly established after the War for Independence, Americans in the 1800s took their politics very seriously. As more and more male citizens gained the right to vote, elections became very public, hotly contested, and sometimes even violent. In the cities and towns of America, politicians courted political power and influence among new immigrant communities; buying votes and stuffing ballot boxes was shockingly common. While the major national political issues of foreign policy, taxation, the abolition of slavery, and states' rights took center stage in Congress, Americans split along regional and party lines that still exist in the twenty-first century. Scandals over greed and corruption caused whole city governments to fall, but America also produced some of the greatest statesman and political leaders in its history. Former slaves, poor immigrants, and women demanded their right to vote
Jump Ropes, Jacks, and Endless Chores : Children's Lives in the 1800s by John R Gillis( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For most of the 1800s, children were considered "small, unruly adults" who needed to be strictly disciplined and put to useful work as soon as they were able. The very concept of childhood itself, as a carefree, innocent time, is a result of increasing economic stability and changing family roles in the 1800s. Before child welfare laws were enacted and compulsory education enforced, children made up an important part of the industrial and agricultural workforce in 1800s America. Toys and time for games and fun may have been a luxury, but kids will be kids, and the adults that loved them made sure their lives weren't all work and no play. The establishment of public schools, more humane working conditions, and expanding economic opportunities helped improve the life of America's children in the 1800s, but they worked hard and their pleasures were simple ones
Passing the Time Entertainment in the 1800s by John R Gillis( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With a six-day workweek, long hours on the job, and the hard labor required to keep house, leisure time was precious in the 1800s. Without recorded music, radio, movies, TV, video games, or the Internet, Americans had to make their own fun, and most of it was simple and very low tech⁰́₄singing around the family piano, visiting with neighbors, or picnicking in the woods. In the bigger towns and cities, theaters offered live, professional entertainment ranging from classic plays to raucous minstrel shows. In the smaller towns and rural areas, people waited anxiously for those few times a year when a traveling show or circus might come through the area. As the 1800s progressed, leisure time and economic resources increased for many Americans and a more sophisticated public demanded new and more exciting amusements. Read all about America at play in the 1800s!
Cornmeal and Cider Food and Drink in the 1800s by John R Gillis( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The farmers, workers, and pioneers of America in the 1800s were nourished by a tradition of hearty, down-home cooking that is still a part of our national cuisine⁰́₄New England baked beans, roast beef, turkey, corn on the cob, and pumpkin pies. With roots in the British Isles, and with important contributions from Native American food plants and cooking techniques, American food and drink quality and seasonal variety was vastly improved during the 1800s by new technologies in transportation, food storage, hygiene, and preservation, growing national and world markets, and⁰́₄not least⁰́₄the delicious ethnic cuisines of new immigrant groups. Hungry for innovation, quality, and economy, Americans in the 1800s became the best-fed nation in the history of the world!
Buggies, Bicycles, and Iron Horses : Transportation in the 1800s by John R Gillis( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In today's world, where we routinely zip down the highway at 70 miles per hour and we can fly coast-to-coast in a matter of hours, it is hard to imagine the revolution in transportation that took place in the 1800s. From a world where most people rarely traveled faster than their legs could carry them or much beyond their home towns, the 1800s witnessed an amazing and rapid development of technology, improvements in infrastructure, and a national will to conquer the vast distances of a growing country. Through the work of inventors, individual entrepreneurs, and municipalities, Americans found new opportunities for traveling conveniently from place to place within their communities, and a frontier nation was unified by rail, by road, and by a sense of national identity. This is the story of nineteenth-century America on the move!
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For better, for worse : British marriages, 1600 to the present
Alternative Names
Gillis, John.

Gillis, John 1939-

Gillis, John Randall 1939-

John Gillis Amerikaans historicus

John Gillis historiador

John Gillis historian

John Gillis storico statunitense

John R. Gillis US-amerikanischer Historiker

John Randall Gillis amerikansk historikar

John Randall Gillis amerikansk historiker

John Randall Gillis historien américain

길리스, 존 R. 1939-

ギリス, ジョン・R

ギリス, ジョン R. 1939-

A world of their own making : myth, ritual, and the quest for family valuesCommemorations : the politics of national identityThe development of European society, 1770-1870Islands of the mind : how the human imagination created the Atlantic worldBecoming historiansA world of their own making : a history of myth and ritual in family lifeSpeaking to history : the story of King Goujian in twentieth-century China