The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud

The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud

by Peter Gay

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The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud by Peter Gay

With the same sweep, authority, and originality that marked his best-selling Freud: A Life for Our Time, Peter Gay here takes us on a remarkable journey through middle-class Victorian culture.Gay's search through middle-class Victorian culture, illuminated by lively portraits of such daunting figures as Bismarck, Darwin and his acolytes, George Eliot, and the great satirists Daumier and Wilhelm Busch, covers a vast terrain: the relations between men and women, wit, demagoguery, and much more. We discover the multiple ways in which the nineteenth century at once restrained aggressive behavior and licensed it.Aggression split the social universe into insiders and outsiders. "By gathering up communities of insiders," Professor Gay writes, the Victorians "discovered--only too often invented--a world of strangers beyond the pale, of individuals and classes, races and nations it was perfectly proper to debate, patronize, ridicule, bully, exploit, or exterminate." The aggressions so channeled or bottled could not be contained forever. Ultimately, they exploded in the First World War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393312249
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/1994
Series: Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 704
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter Gay (1923—2015) was the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time.

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