The History of Emotions

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Rob Boddice
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Fully revised and updated, The History of Emotions is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the theories, methods, achievements and problems in this field of historical enquiry and its intersections with other disciplines. Historians of emotion borrow heavily from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, philosophy and neuroscience, and stake a claim that emotions have a past and change over time. This book introduces students and professional historians to the main areas of concern in the history of emotions, discussing how the emotions intersect with other lines of historical research relating to power, practice, society and morality. Providing a narrative of historical emotions concepts, the book is the go-to handbook for understanding the problems of interpreting historical experience, and collating and evaluating all the principal methodological tools generated and used by historians of emotion. It also lays out a historiographical map of emotions history research in the past and present, and sets the agenda for the future of the history of emotions. Chiefly centring on the rapprochement of the humanities and the neurosciences, the book proposes a way forward in which disciplinary lines become blurred. Addressing criticism from both within and without the discipline of history, The History of Emotions demonstrates the field’s centrality to historiographical practice, as well as the importance of this kind of historical work for general interdisciplinary understandings of the value and the meaning of human experience.

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