The history of emotions

By Rob Boddice

The history of emotions


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9429-7
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: December 2017
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Historiography, HISTORY / General, History, History, Humanities / Historiography, Humanities / History
  • Series: Historical Approaches


This book introduces students and professional historians to the main areas of concern in the history of emotions. It discusses how the emotions intersect with other lines of historical research relating to power, practice, society and morality. Addressing criticism from within and without the discipline of history, the book offers a rigorous defence of this new approach, demonstrating its potential centrality to historiographical practice, as well as the importance of this kind of historical work for our general understanding of the human brain and the meaning of human experience.


'To the student of neuroscience, the professor in politics, the public policy-maker, this book broadcasts a signal from the rocketship of the History of Emotions: we are here, and we have a lot to talk to you about.'
Carly Osborn, The University of Adelaide, Emotions: History, culture, society 2 (2018)

'Boddice's book provides a rich and thorough summary and analysis of the history of emotions, useful for students and scholars alike. [.] This book does not only provide a highly useful and detailed guide to the history of emotions, but also offers insights into international working, practices of teaching, and to thinking further about the dynamics of power and knowledge in interdisciplinary work.'
Jennifer Crane, University of Warwick, Social History of Medicine

'Intervening as this exciting and dynamic field develops, Boddice's book provides a rich and thorough summary and analysis of the history of emotions, useful for students and scholars alike.'
Jennifer Crane, University of Warwick, Social History of Medicine, Volume 32 Issue 1

'Such cutting-edge discussions mean, finally, that Boddice's book is of interest to experts working in this emerging field, as well as to the novice looking for an introduction to this approach.'
Daniel M. Gross, University of California, The Historian

Boddice's book is essential reading as it affords a broad understanding of the current state of play in the history of emotions.'
History Australia


1 Historians and emotions
2 Words and concepts
3 Communities, regimes and styles
4 Power, politics and violence
5 Practice and expression
6 Experience, senses and the brain
7 Spaces, places and objects
8 Morality
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Rob Boddice works in the Department of History and Cultural Studies at Freie Universität Berlin

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