[Free eBook] Cowboys of the Americas: The Realities of Life as a Cowboy by Richard W. Slatta [Award-Winning World Cultural History]

Cowboys of the Americas: The Realities of Life as a Cowboy by Richard W. Slatta, a former history professor at NC State University, is his globe-trotting cultural/professional history of the cowboy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Yale University Press and won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Award for Non-Fiction.

This combined cultural & professinoal history covers both continents of the Americas, from North to South, using first-hand historical accounts of various aspects of cowboy and ranch life on the Canadian Prairies, the US Wild West, and throughout Latin America, from the cowboys’ early beginnings as wild cattle hunters through to their roles in various frontier wars and indigenous conflicts, to their eventual decline as farmers and other settlers took over the plains, contrasting their everyday lives with their mythologized image in pop culture.

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[Free eBook] You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body by Peggy Shinner [Cultural Images & History]

You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body by Peggy Shinner is is her themed collection of non-fiction essays, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for March. Several essays were originally published in literary magazines including Chicago Review and Alaska Quarterly Review.

These essays explore various aspects of the human body from hair to feet, pre and post-death, both as life experiences and cultural images, examining the worldwide historical context of the accumulated folklore and beliefs in various societies about the body throughout the ages, as well as more philosophical musings about the author’s own relationship with her body and heritage.

Offered worldwide through March, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Romantik 5 [18th-19th C Romanticism Era Literature & Culture Studies]

Romantik 05 edited by Robert W. Rix and a number of others from various universities in Europe is the 5th issue in the Romantik: Journal for the study of Romanticisms series of academic journals featuring multi-disciplinary articles and reviews on the topic of various aspects of the Romantic Era of the late 18th to mid 19th century and/or publications about them, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This issue is focused on mainly literature and adjacent arts, but also features essays on nationalistic history-building and other diverse related topics, as well as reviews of recent Romanticism-related books.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through November, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Granada Window by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Spain Cultural Travelogue]

Granada Window by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage cultural history cum travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1949 by The Falcon Press.

The book is a combined introductory cultural history and personal travelogue memoir of Spain, a country which the author would later settle in, which combines a look at its literature, history, and heritage alongside a tour of the region of Andalusia, sprinkling in her own experiences encountering the Andalusian people during her travels, and observations of cultural differences between Britain and Spain.

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[Free eBook] A Way Through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier by William C. Davis [US Southwest Trade Route & Cultural History]

A Way Through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier by William C. Davis, an award-winning historian specializing in the Civil War and former Professor at Virginia Tech, is his frontier place and community history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by HarperCollins and was later reprinted by the Louisiana State University Press.

This targeted history focuses on the development of the Natchez Trace (nowadays maintained as a spin-off heritage hiking trail) which led to the US South West frontier, during the period from the Revolutionary War to the 1830s, as it became an important migration and trade route, and also explores the various people who used the trail in various ways and the communities which sprang up around it, drawing upon colourful anecdotes, as well as dispelling popular factual misconceptions.

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[Free eBook] Thomas Hardy’s World: An Illuminating Biography by Molly Lefebure [19th C Literary Author Biography & Cultural History]

Thomas Hardy’s World: An Illuminating Biography by the late British author Molly Lefebure, a WWII London Blitz reporter turned novelist and scholar who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is her literary author biography with a touch of cultural history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1996 by Carlton Books.

This biography of the late British novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, whose classic novels have been studied and adapted to many media, looks into both the man himself and his personal life and relationships, as well as the greater Victorian social and political milieu which surrounded and influenced him and his works.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Humor by Stefan Kjerkegaard [Danish Academic Cultural Studies Essay]

Humor (Humour) by Stefan Kjerkegaard, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, is the is the 52nd in the in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This semi-philosophical cultural essay focuses on the topic of the purposes and benefits of humour in our daily lives and wellbeing and surrounding society, beyond just joking around.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through October 9th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Tradition and Agency: Tracing cultural continuity and invention [Academic Anthropology Essays]

Tradition and Agency: Tracing cultural continuity and invention edited by Ton Otto, a Professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, & [Poul Pedersen][coeditor-link], an associate professor at the same, is a collection of anthropology essays, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for September.

This anthology of ethnographic essays looks at various contemporary cultures around the world, covering both traditions maintained throughout the generations as well as nearly-forgotten ones revived in modern times and/or invented to fill a cultural need, with case studies as diverse as Papua New Guinean artifacts to cheesemaking in France.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through September, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving by Godfrey Hodgson [Holiday Origins Cultural History]

A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving by British author Godfrey Hodgson, a journalist who was The Observer’s foreign correspondent for the White House and later taught at Oxford University, is his cultural history cum historiography book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2006 by Perseus Books’ PublicAffairs imprint.

The book explores the roots of Thanksgiving in the US via the reality of the historical accounts of what happened to the Pilgrims, both before and after arriving upon colonial shores, and its subsequent mythologizing into the holiday as it has been celebrated since, and viewed today.

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[Free eBook] The Political Origins of Inequality: Why a More Equal World Is Better for Us All by Simon Reid-Henry [Political Science History & Current Affairs]

The Political Origins of Inequality: Why a More Equal World Is Better for Us All by Simon Reid-Henry, a lecturer in geography (both historical and political) at the University of London, is his accessibly-written political history and analysis, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for June.

This book covers the historical roots leading to present-day global issues with development and various forms of inequality—economic, social, authoritative, and otherwise—between various groups, and also contains an exhortation to greater individual political awareness and action.

Offered worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.

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