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At the Origins of Welfare Policy: Law and the Economy in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean (1150-1350)
This dissertation is an economic and institutional history of the first comprehensive public health and welfare system in the Western world. Based on previously unexamined archival and archaeological evidence from several ...
Changing Climates: Deserts, Desiccation, and the Rise of Climate Engineering, 1870-1950
This dissertation examines the impact of the nineteenth-century discussions about climate change and desiccation on large engineering projects in desert regions between 1870 and 1950. It demonstrates that the debate over ...
Between the Arctic & the Adriatic: Polar Exploration, Science & Empire in the Habsburg Monarchy
Exploration was a defining aspect of how European societies encountered and established relations with the wider world. It set the stage for worldwide empires and laid the foundations for understandings of planetary ...
Citizens of the Chemical Complex: Industrial Expertise and Science Philanthropy in Imperial and Weimar Germany
This dissertation is a social and cultural history of chemical industrialists and their role in the development of both science and capitalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It focuses on the case of Germany, ...
Found at Sea: Mapping Ships on the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Ocean
"Found at Sea" is a historical study centered on the Atlantic Ocean. This dissertation employs ships' logbooks in combination with a GIS mapping methodology to address the ocean, itself, as a site for historical developments. ...
Between Figure and Line: Visual Transformations of Cartesian Physics, 1620-1690
Between Figure and Line: Visual Transformations of Cartesian Physics, 1620-1690 is the first sustained examination of the diagrams and illustrations that constituted the seventeenth century's new physics. When René Descartes ...
Soul Sleepers: A History of Somnambulism in the United States, 1740-1840
Towards a New Hospital: Architecture, Medicine, and Computation, 1960-75
This dissertation provides an account of how computing left behind its origins in academic and military research to become part of the hospital's equipmental setting. I examine the efforts of reformers, including administrators, ...