Facing Fear: The History of an Emotion in Global Perspective

Facing Fear: The History of an Emotion in Global Perspective

by Michael Laffan
     
 

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"The history of the emotions has become one of the most dynamic fields in historical research in the twenty-first century. By focusing on one emotion—fear—this volume adds another dimension to our understanding of the way people negotiated their encounters with other people and events in the past. It is a riveting read."—Joanna Bourke, author of

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"The history of the emotions has become one of the most dynamic fields in historical research in the twenty-first century. By focusing on one emotion—fear—this volume adds another dimension to our understanding of the way people negotiated their encounters with other people and events in the past. It is a riveting read."—Joanna Bourke, author of Fear: A Cultural History

"Ambitious and timely, this book truly advances the discussion of fear across considerable time and regional space. This result is an important next step in emotions history, and a direct link to a variety of developments in the political and religious sphere."—Peter N. Stearns, provost of George Mason University

"Fear is the condition we live in. Or is it? In this timely book, a stellar cast of experts uncovers a perplexing array of concrete historical instances of fear, from the eighteenth-century Tupac Amaru Rebellion in colonial Latin America to Dutch Islamophobia in 2010. The reader will come away with a sense of the mind-boggling diversity of practices by which fear has been experienced. This book harbors a small hope that the current politics of fear might become history."—Jan Plamper, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Anthropology Review Database - Jack David Eller
[S]imply establishing that fear has been a significant factor in history, that it is experienced and represented diversely, and that it forms an inescapable part of our collective memory and contemporary motivation is enough to make the book worth the read and hopefully to inspire more studies of fear and other emotions in society and history.
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"[S]imply establishing that fear has been a significant factor in history, that it is experienced and represented diversely, and that it forms an inescapable part of our collective memory and contemporary motivation is enough to make the book worth the read and hopefully to inspire more studies of fear and other emotions in society and history."—Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691153605
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/14/2012
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Laffan is professor of history at Princeton University. His books include The Makings of Indonesian Islam (Princeton). Max Weiss is assistant professor of history and Near Eastern studies at Princeton University. He is the author of In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shi'ism, and the Making of Modern Lebanon.

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