The History of Emotions

A brief history of emotions

Original Title: Geschichte und Gefühl

Hardcover with jacket, 480 pages, 15.0 x 22.7 cm, 5.9 x 8.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-88680-914-1
€ 29.99 [D] | € 30.90 [A] | CHF 41.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: November 12, 2012
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Jan  Plamper - The History of Emotions


On the power of emotions from the ancient world to the present day

How do morals and honour change in the course of time? What is the meaning of trust in economic history? What was the effect of the proverbial German angst in the 20th century? Why are we living in what is called the therapeutic age?

This is a first attempt at a guide to this exciting new field. Written in lucid prose and illustrated with vivid examples from the history of the West and other cultures, it traces - in four chapters - the past development of emotions, reconstructs the theoretical influences of cultural anthropology and life science research, and outlines the problems and perspectives of the future history of emotions.

“Any curious person should definitely read this book. It sharpens the senses and looks beyond the usual horizons.”


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