Ian Coller

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Early French scientific texts on line

In Online Resources on March 8, 2011 at 10:04 am

Scientifica has digitized a new collection of works from the French Library
for Science and Industry (Bibliothèque des sciences et de l’industrie–BSI).
The collection includes 19th century volumes on women, hysteria, phrenology,
sexuality, prostitution, disease, degeneration, and children’s literature,
among other topics.


Revolutionary Pamphlets continued

In French Revolution, Online Resources on February 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm

The University of Alabama library has 132 Revolutionary pamphlets digitized – you can read them page by page online. There is supposed to be a link from the catalogue for full download, but I can’t find it. I will contact the library to find out.

Update: To get full download version, use the menu on the left of the viewing window when you open the document. Go to the “VIEW” menu and select “complete print version”, then click GO.

French Revolutionary pamphlets finally all catalogued

In French Revolution, Online Resources on July 26, 2010 at 12:31 am

News from the National Library of Australia Blog

May 25, 2010 by Nikki White

At last, nearly 50 years since their acquisition, the Library’s collection of some 12,000 contemporary French Revolutionary pamphlets has now been fully catalogued. When they were first acquired in 1962 access was mainly through the lists supplied by the bookseller so public knowledge of this impressive collection was limited.

The first attempt at cataloguing them was in 1993/94 through the Australia’s Book Heritage Project funded by the Centre for Bibliographical and Textual Studies at Monash University. 4000 records were added to the national bibliographical database but they were basic descriptive records, lacking subject headings or much information. Lack of resources prevented further cataloguing until 1999 when full catalogue records were created. Again lack of resources called a halt to the project. It was resumed again sporadically around 2006 and in 2009 two members of the Retro Conversion Team were dedicated full time to going through the boxes methodically and also any other small bundles of Revolutionary pamphlets in the Rare Books collections. The project was finally completed in February 2010.

Some more Pamphlet resources

Louis H. Beck Center for Electronic Collections and Services, Woodruff Library, Emory University

Hot up your habitus

In Online Resources on May 7, 2010 at 5:17 am

Reading the work of social theorists helps us to question some of the assumptions we make about history.

Les classiques des sciences sociales

This site has essays from Foucault, Bourdieu, Weber, Braudel, Freud, Sartre, de Beauvoir and many others, plus downloadable classics of sociology, and work on contemporary questions like prisons and health. There are excellent sections on fascinating subjects like “Creole societies” and “Sociology of the family”.

It’s in French, but there are also some links to English texts.

Find out about Pierre Bourdieu’s conception of the habitus!


This image is taken from Iohn Huighen van Linschoten his Discours of voyages into ye Easte & West Indies : deuided into foure bookes. London [1598].

It is from the US Library of Congress which has an amazing digital collection.

Here we can see that the concept of “habitus” has a long history. It’s particularly important in opening up questions about “cultural encounters”.