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A Human History of Emotion

How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know

Richard Firth-Godbehere



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Fourth Estate Ltd
17 November 2021
How have our emotions shaped the course of human history?
And how have our experience and understanding of emotions evolved 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.

In A Human History of Emotion, 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, Britain, and beyond.

Drawing on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, art and religious history, 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.
Imprint:   Fourth Estate Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9780008393762
ISBN 10:   0008393761
Pages:   336
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Richard Firth-Godbehere is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on disgust and emotions, and currently an Affiliated Research Scholar with The Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary University of London. His award-winning interdisciplinary research walks the line between history, psychology, linguistics, and futurism.

Reviews for A Human History of Emotion: How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know

'A fascinating look at the profound ways in which the harnessing of human emotions has shaped world-wide history and culture. Eye-opening and thought-provoking' Gina Rippon, author of The Gendered Brain 'Emotions are a much bigger part of the experience of being human than most people would ever realise. If you want to know more about emotions and how we arrived at our understanding of them, this book is exactly what you need' Dean Burnett, author of The Happy Brain

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