[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 New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by Godfrey Hodgson [Travel History & Culture Essays]

A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great 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 part-travelogue book of destination essays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Penguin’s Viking imprint.

The book consists of cultural exploration essays which are part-travelogue, exploring the history and ways of life, etc., of selected European cities in an homage to the traditional Grand Tour of bygone ages, incorporating both observations from the accounts of travelers in previous centuries as well as musings from the author’s own personal experiences visiting them during the course of his career.

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[Free eBook] Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano [Award-Winning Culinary Botanical History with Recipes]

Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, a francophone author and journalist, is her culinary botanical and cultural history cum recipes, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for October and was a recipient of the Prix Brazier de l’essai gourmand in its original form as La Fabuleuse histoire des légumes, which was published in 2008 by Grasset, now translated from French by Teresa Lavender Fagan.

This book explores the scientific, cultural, and culinary histories via mini-biographies of 11 selected vegetables and their origins and uses in various countries throughout the world from the past to the present day, including a brief selection of illustrative vintage recipes showing several ways in which some have been cooked and served over the centuries.

Offered worldwide through October, available directly via the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Industrial Heritage in Denmark: Landscape, Environments and Historical Archaeology [Urban Architectural Guide]

Industrial Heritage in Denmark: Landscape, Environments and Historical Archaeology edited by Caspar Jørgensen & Morten Pedersen is their local architecture and archaeology book, 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 October, and may be useful as a local sightseeing guide, if you are interested in visiting the areas showcased.

This is an accessibly-written coffee table-like book which presents 25 nicely-illustrated case studies of significant industrial and manufacturing sites in Denmark, from the 1840s-1970s, giving their development and conservation histories as well as more general information on cultural preservation strategies.

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

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[Free eBook] Middelalderens verden: Verdensbilledet, tænkningen, rummet og religionen [Danish European Middle Ages History & Culture Overview]

Middelalderens verden: Verdensbilledet, tænkningen, rummet og religionen edited by Ole Høiris & Per Ingesman is the a volume in their in the Verdensboger (World Book) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to particular cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for October. The 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, written by scholarly experts, but meant to be accessible to a general audience as well.

This volume contains essays on various topics providing a comprehensive introduction to the world of the Middle Ages in Europe with a few excursions to areas outside, from influential thinkers including Thomas More to church architecture to early scientific and mathematical notions to the influence of trade with the Islamic world, with a special section on the Christianization of the Nordic regions, with the usual lavish illustrations including some very nice facsimiles of illuminated manuscript pages.

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

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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 & 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] An Eastern Odyssey: The Early Adventures of Edward Enfield by Edward Enfield [1950s East Asia Travelogue Memoir]

An Eastern Odyssey: The Early Adventures of Edward Enfield by English author Edward Enfield, a former BBC television presenter and newspaper columnist, is his personal memoir cum travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This is one of their original publications by an established author who has previously written humorous bicycling travelogues published by Bloomsbury and Summersdale.

This travelogue memoir deals mostly with his coming-of-age as a young man in the Far East during the 1950s after having been a child evacuated to Canada during the London Blitz, seeing him return to England for education, join the National Service and travel abroad, taking employment with a shipping company which sent him to Asia where he experienced an assortment of life adventures while stationed in Hong Kong, Japan, Bangkok in Thailand, and elsewhere.

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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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