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A human history of emotion : how the way we feel built the world we know / Richard Firth-Godbehere.


"A sweeping exploration of the ways in which emotions shaped the course of human history, and how our experience and understanding of emotions have evolved along with us. We humans like to think of ourselves as rational creatures, who, as a species, have relied on calculation and intellect to survive. But many of the most important moments in our history had little to do with cold, hard facts and a lot to do with feelings. Events ranging from the origins of philosophy to the birth of the world's major religions, the fall of Rome, the Scientific Revolution, and some of the bloodiest wars that humanity has ever experienced can't be properly understood without understanding emotions. Drawing on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, art, and religious history, Richard Firth-Godbehere takes readers on a fascinating and wide ranging tour of the central and often under-appreciated role emotions have played in human societies around the world and throughout history--from Ancient Greece to Gambia, Japan, the Ottoman Empire, the United States, and beyond. A Human History of Emotion vividly illustrates how our understanding and experience of emotions has changed over time, and how our beliefs about feelings--and our feelings themselves--profoundly shaped us and the world we inhabit"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780316461313
  • ISBN: 0316461318
  • Physical Description: 326 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-311) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: How do you feel? -- Classical virtue signaling -- Indian desires -- The Pauline passions -- Crusader love -- What the Ottomans feared -- Abominable witch crazes -- A desire for sweet freedom -- Becoming emotional -- A cherry-Blossomed shame -- The rage of an African queen -- Shell shocks -- The dragon's humiliation -- Love and the mother(land) -- The great emotions face-off -- Do humans dream of electric sheep? -- Epilogue: The last feelings?
Subject: Emotions > History.
History > Psychological aspects.
PSYCHOLOGY / Emotions.
HISTORY / Civilization.
PSYCHOLOGY / Evolutionary Psychology.
History > Psychological aspects.
Genre: History.

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