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Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean

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Kinship, Community, and Self

Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean

Edited by Jason Coy, Benjamin Marschke, Jared Poley, and Claudia Verhoeven

316 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-419-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2014)

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“This is a very fine collection of essays. The goal of this volume is clearly to showcase the diversity of the scholarly work that has been inspired by Sabean’s approach to history, the kinds of questions he has asked of his sources, and his ability to penetrate to the heart of submerged or overlooked discourses and life-worlds.”  ·  George Williamson, Florida State University


David Warren Sabean was a pioneer in the historical-anthropological study of kinship, community, and selfhood in early modern and modern Europe. His career has helped shape the discipline of history through his supervision of dozens of graduate students and his influence on countless other scholars. This book collects wide-ranging essays demonstrating the impact of Sabean’s work has on scholars of diverse time periods and regions, all revolving around the prominent issues that have framed his career: kinship, community, and self. The significance of David Warren Sabean’s scholarship is reflected in original research contributed by former students and essays written by his contemporaries, demonstrating Sabean’s impact on the discipline of history.

Jason Coy is Associate Professor of History at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the author of Strangers and Misfits: Banishment, Social Control, and Authority in Early Modern Germany (2008) and co-editor of The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (2010).

Benjamin Marschke is Associate Professor of History at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California. Marschke has held fellowships from the DAAD, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, and the Max Planck Institut für Geschichte. He is the author of Absolutely Pietist: Patronage, Factionalism, and State-Building in the Early Eighteenth-Century Prussian Army Chaplaincy (2005), and co-editor of The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (2010).

Jared Poley is Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University. He is the author of Decolonization in Germany: Weimar Narratives of Colonial Loss and Foreign Occupation (2005) and co-editor of Conversion and the Politics of Religion in Early Modern Germany (2012). He also edits the World History Bulletin.

Claudia Verhoeven is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. She is the author of The Odd Man Karakozov: Imperial Russia, Modernity, and the Birth of Terrorism (2009) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Terrorism (forthcoming, 2014).

Subject: History (General) Anthropology (General)



Introduction: Sabean’s Swabians: A Study of Kith and Kin
Thomas A. Brady Jr.


Chapter 1. “As a Brother Should Be”: Siblings, Kinship, and Community in Carolingian Europe
Dana M. Polanichka

Chapter 2. The Legal Pitfalls of Marriage Brokerage in Nineteenth-Century France
Andrea Mansker

Chapter 3. “Married to the Bottle”: Drunk Husbands and Wives in Wilhelmine Germany
Kevin D. Goldberg

Chapter 4. A Home for Mothers in Vienna: Community and Crisis
Britta McEwen

Chapter 5. Of Queens and Kinship: Politics and Legacies in the Colonial Pacific
Matt K. Matsuda

Chapter 6. The Making of a Japanese Rural Christian Community: Conversion Through Family Networks in Late Nineteenth-Century Japan
Emily Anderson


Chapter 7. Divination and Community in Early Modern Thuringia
Jason Coy

Chapter 8. Paracelsus: Greed, Self, and Community
Jared Poley

Chapter 9. From Heretics to Hypocrites: Anti-Pietist Rhetoric Transitioning from the Establishment to the anti-Establishment
Benjamin Marschke

Chapter 10. Finding Orthodoxy in the Baltic: Conservative Russia and the Baltic Region in the Nineteenth Century
Daniel C. Ryan

Chapter 11. Railway Travel and Women in Colonial India
Ritika Prasad

Chapter 12. Adventures in Terrorism: Sergei Stepniak-Kravchinsky and the Literary Lives of the Russian Revolutionary Community (1860s-80s)
Claudia Verhoeven

Chapter 13. Power in Truth-Telling: Jewish Testimonial Strategies before the Shoah
Alexandra Garbarini


Chapter 14. For the Love of Geometry: The Rise of Euclidism in the Early-Modern World, 1450-1850
Michael J. Sauter

Chapter 15.The German Problem in the Letters of Caspar von Voght and Germaine de Staël
Tamara Zwick

Chapter 16. Honor and the Policing of Intra-Jewish Disputes in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Germany
Ann E. Goldberg

Chapter 17. You Are What You Reform? Class, Consumption, and Identity in Victorian Britain
Amy Woodson-Boulton

Mary Lindemann and David M. Luebke

Bibliography of David Warren Sabean’s Published Works
Notes on Contributors

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