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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Inventing Motherhood: The Consequences of an Ideal by the late English psychiatrist and author Ann Dally is her vintage non-fiction social history cum critique and reform manifesto, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1983 by Schocken Books, and was later reprinted by HarperCollins.
The book looks at the societal meaning of motherhood and the myths formed around it over the centuries vs. the reality, drawing upon both historical as well as contemporary examples (circa the 1980s) from the experiences of herself and her patients, and calls for less restrictive role modeling and expectations for women who are mothers.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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Modernitetens verden: Tiden, videnskab, historien og kunsten (The World of Modernity: Time, science, history and art), edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet, is another volume in the Verdensbøger (Books of the World) series of Danish-language comprehensive introductory overviews to a particular “Age” in the western world, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the beginnings of the Modern Age from mid 19th through 20th centuries. Included are assorted essays devoted to developments in medicine, the study of history, economics, philosophy, literature, film, and more, both in the Nordic nations and other countries abroad, lavishly illustrated by examples of period artwork and photographs of documents and other artifacts.
Offered worldwide through April, available from the university’s website as their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection.
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