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Theory of every thing

By Rebecca Zorach
January 9, 2005

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GLASS. PENCILS. BANANAS. Mauve. The zipper. Salt. Cod. These days, popular and academic historians can't get enough of things. Not great individuals, nations, traditions, events. Not political, social, or cultural movements. Not works of art or genres of music. No -- just things. What the subjects of books like "Glass" (by Alan Macfarlane and Gerry Martin), "Big Cotton" (by Stephen ... (Full article: 1183 words)

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