A Brief History of Death / Edition 1

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Overview

Douglas J. Davies, internationally acknowledged as one of the leading experts in this field, tackles some of the most significant aspects of death - the act of dying, grieving, burial, artistic interpretations of death, places of memory, the fear of death, and disasters/tragedies - and weaves them into a story about our changing attitudes to dying.
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"Davies has selected and compressed a considerable amount of information, scattered across a diverse and often eclectic range of sources … This is most impressive."  (Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, April 2008)

"The author reveals himself to be a sensitive and humane guide, in a book that ought to fascinate anyone interested in the existential conundrum of human morality." (Times Higher Education Supplement)

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Table of Contents

1 Journey beyond 1
2 Parting's sweet sorrow 24
3 Removing the dead 48
4 Ecology, death and hope 68
5 Art, literature and music 89
6 Places of memory 111
7 Fear of death 131
8 Purposeful and useless death 150
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