By Theodore Zeldin
A provocative paintings that explores the evolution of feelings and private relationships via diversified cultures and time. "An intellectually striking view of our previous and future."--Time magazine
This groundbreaking publication through an across the world popular historian and prolific writer is so wide-ranging in scope that categorizing some of the matters and audiences it seeks to deal with will be tough. Implicit in Zeldin's paintings is a problem to conventional historians who've heretofore pigeonholed their debts of the human earlier into discrete booths (social, financial, political heritage, etc.). in contrast, Zeldin makes an attempt a historical past of human suggestions and emotions unfettered by means of issues of historic epoch or tradition. each one bankruptcy makes a speciality of a specific idea or feeling, reminiscent of toil, the artwork of dialog, voluntarism, compassion, attitudes on classification and social prestige, and authority. to prepare his principles, Zeldin employs a masterful new method. After introducing each one bankruptcy with a private vignette according to interviews he has carried out with members musing at the which means of a few element in their lives, Zeldin strains alterations or commonalities in that feeling throughout time and position. common readers may be encouraged by way of this thought-provoking and immensely readable work.?Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., N.J.
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I wouldn’t allow myself to leave you. ’ She has worked for the doctor for twenty-four years, despite his limitations, ‘because I know his character. I know how to deal with him. ’ The low points come when they complain about her work. ‘The mistress of a house must not insult an employee in front of guests: she should go to the kitchen to do it. ’ Once at a dinner party Juliette forgot to place the potatoes around the meat, putting them by mistake on a separate plate. Her mistress called her a stupid cow.
Why there has been more progress in cooking than in sex 7. How the desire that men feel for women, and for other men, has altered through the centuries 8. How respect has become more desirable than power 9. How those who want neither to give orders nor to receive them can become intermediaries 10. How people have freed themselves from fear by finding new fears 11. How curiosity has become the key to freedom 12. Why it has become increasingly difficult to destroy one’s enemies 13. How the art of escaping from one’s troubles has developed, but not the art of knowing where to escape to 14.
Whereas a woman lives each stage of her life, she has several lives. Men refuse to. People say Montand was made what he was by women, and it’s true. ‘In my shop, I am a shopkeeper. ’ Madame Martineau’s daughter, aged sixteen, finds her own conversation limited in different ways. In the past, she says, girls confided only in girls, but now it is possible to make friends with a boy, without sex, ‘like a brother’. ’ So she dreams of leaving Cognac because ‘it is a place only for people over thirty-five’ and because the children of the poor have to stick to their own class.
An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin