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Perry Krasow
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Magnus Hirschfeld was born in Germany, during 1868. Given the time period, it is hard to believe how forward thinking he was on LGBT issues. But he not only knew that his sexuality was "a normal variant of human sexuality," he also publicly advocated for that view. Hirschfeld supported the rights of transgender people before there was even a word to describe them. His work took the form of sexuality counseling and political activism against Germany's sodomy laws. If you wish to become acquainted with him, please read the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2017/01/magnus-hirschfeld-origins-of-gay.html

#bookreview #biography #history #lgbt #hirschfeld #germany

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A dry, academic history. But if one is seeking information on how the British government executed liberal reforms between 1815 - 1830, this book will fulfill that expectation. It is flawed: the author provides no information on citizen agitation for these changes; an important feature given that governments do not provide freedoms without influence from below. However, it is an accurate record of the government's maneuvers. I hope you find the review informative.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-liberal-awakening-1815-1830-by-elie.html

#blog #bookreview #history #nonfiction #liberalism #greatbritain

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Part history; part memoir. This book examines the 1960s through the lens of the Students for a Democratic Society, the largest organization in the US opposing the war in Vietnam. It is an attempt by former SDS president, Todd Gitlin, to make sense of the many changes in a decade of political and cultural upheaval. Enjoy the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-sixties-years-of-hope-days-of-rage.html

#bookreview #history #memoir #sixties #vietnam #peace

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"People's history" focuses upon the social and cultural groups of citizens in a society. "Traditional history" focuses upon the political and military leaders. Leo Loubere's worldview adds breadth to our understanding of events in Nineteenth Century Europe by looking at both the rulers and the citizens. He examines the forces of material and social modernization; describing how the citizens and the authorities responded to these forces and clashed with each other. Enjoy the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2017/03/nineteenth-century-europe-revolution-of.html

#worldview #history #citizens #rulers #progressive #traditional #bookreview

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Dr Magnus Hirschfeld was a therapist in 1890s Berlin. But his views on the LGBT community sound as if they were conceived in our century. Hirschfeld held the then unpopular view that being LGBT was "a normal variant of human sexuality." His work took the form of advice books, sexuality counseling and political activism against Germany's sodomy laws. If you wish to become acquainted with him, please read the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2017/01/magnus-hirschfeld-origins-of-gay.html

#psychology #lgbt #sexuality #biography #hirschfeld #bookreview

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Elie Halevy was a French historian who wrote about the United Kingdom. His outsider perspective influenced British historiography. The Liberal Awakening is one of his studies. It discusses expanding the voting population, and easing trade restrictions (measures that would serve the growing middle class). It's focus is on Parliamentary and Cabinet maneuvers; completely ignoring activism by members of the middle class for these reforms. I hope you find the review informative.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-liberal-awakening-1815-1830-by-elie.html

#bookreview #historian #halevy #france #uk #liberalism 

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A history on the 1960s movement against the Vietnam War. Todd Gitlin was president of the Students for a Democratic Society, the largest peace organization in the US. His book is an attempt to make sense of the many changes in a decade of political and cultural upheaval. Enjoy the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-sixties-years-of-hope-days-of-rage.html

#history #usa #sixties #vietnam #peace #bookreview

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A progressive history on 19th Century European advancements in democratic representation, rights for minorities & women, and secular challenges to institutionalized Christian clergy. This historian presents a hybrid of "People's History" and "Traditional History." People's History focuses upon the social and cultural groups of citizens in a society. Traditional History focuses upon the political and military elites. Leo Loubere adds breadth to our understanding of events by presenting the activities of both rulers and citizen movements. Enjoy the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2017/03/nineteenth-century-europe-revolution-of.html

#progressive #politics #history #liberal #europe #bookreview

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Born in 1868, Dr Magnus Hirschfeld maintained views on the LGBT community that sound as if they were conceived in our decade. He not only knew that being LGBT was "a normal variant of human sexuality," he also publicly advocated for that view. His work took the form of advice books, sexuality counseling and political involvement. If you wish to become acquainted with him, please read the review.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2017/01/magnus-hirschfeld-origins-of-gay.html

#biography #hirschfeld #lgbt #history #germany #bookreview



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The Liberal Awakening chronicles a period of reform in Britain. It examines the 19th Century European notion of liberalism, which was a middle class movement promoting voting rights & capitalism over aristocratic privilege & protectionism. This book presents half of the story by showing how Cabinet Members and Members of Parliament instituted reform. It almost entirely ignores the role of agitation from middle class and working class individuals. I hope you find the review informative.

http://greatnonfictionbooks.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-liberal-awakening-1815-1830-by-elie.html

#bookreview #history #british #liberalism #reform #politics
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