The Routledge History of Emotions in the Modern World brings together a diverse array of scholars to offer an overview of the current and emerging scholarship of emotions in the modern world. Across thirty-six chapters, this work enters the field of emotion from a range of angles.

Named emotions – love, anger, fear – highlight how particular categories have been deployed to make sense of feeling and their evolution over time. Geographical perspectives provide access to the historiographies of regions that are less well-covered by English-language sources, opening up global perspectives and new literatures. Key thematic sections are designed to intersect with critical historiographies, demonstrating the value of an emotions perspective to a range of areas. Topical sections direct attention to the role of emotions in relations of power, to intimate lives and histories of place, as products of exchanges across groups, and as deployed by new technologies and medias. The concepts of globalisation and modernity run through the volume, acting as foils for comparison and analytical tools.

The Routledge History of Emotions in the Modern World is the perfect resource for all students and scholars interested in the history of emotions across the world from 1700.

chapter 1|10 pages


ByKatie Barclay, Peter N. Stearns

part I|109 pages

Emotions in Global Context

chapter 2|16 pages


ByNiamh Cullen

chapter 4|18 pages

Normal and Pathological Sadness in the Age of Depression

ByÅsa Jansson

chapter 5|13 pages

Anger, Hate and Aggression

ByAngelika C. Messner

chapter 6|13 pages


ByRob Boddice

chapter 7|14 pages

Fear, Anxiety and Terror post 9/11

ByFrank Biess

chapter 8|16 pages

Honour, Shame and Guilt

ByPeter N. Stearns

part II|112 pages

Geographical Perspectives

chapter 9|16 pages


ByKathleen Vongsathorn

chapter 10|15 pages

Eastern Europe

ByValeria Sobol

chapter 13|21 pages

Disgust and the Making of Early Catholic Communities in South Asia

ByAnanya Chakravarti

chapter 14|16 pages

Emotions in the Pacific

ByMichael P.J. Reilly

chapter 15|13 pages

At the Mercy of Emotions: Archives, Egodocuments and Microhistory

BySigurður Gylfi Magnússon

part III|75 pages

Intimacies, Embodiment and Place

chapter 16|17 pages

Feelings for Nature: Emotions in Environmental History

ByAndrew Flack, Dolly Jørgensen

chapter 17|15 pages

The ‘Mutuality of Being’: Family Emotions in Greece, 1850–1900

ByDimitra Vassiliadou

chapter 18|14 pages

Family, Childhood and Emotions

ByKaren Vallgårda

chapter 19|14 pages

Bodies, Embodiment and Feeling

BySneha Krishnan

chapter 20|13 pages

Pets and Emotion in Modern History

ByPeter N. Stearns

part IV|96 pages

Technologies, Medias and the Representation of Emotion

chapter 21|17 pages

Science, Medicine and Psychology

ByBettina Hitzer

chapter 22|17 pages

The Machinery of Modern Emotion

BySusan J. Matt, Luke Fernandez

chapter 23|15 pages

Music and Emotions

ByWiebke Thormählen

chapter 24|14 pages

Literature, Film and TV

ByJodi McAlister

chapter 25|15 pages


ByFreya Gowrley

chapter 26|16 pages

Off the Record: Archive, Ruination and Postcolonial Affects

BySrirupa Prasad

part V|68 pages

The Emotions of Power

chapter 27|16 pages

Emotions and Nationalism

ByReetta Eiranen

chapter 28|17 pages

The Legal History of Emotions

ByAlecia Simmonds, Eric H. Reiter

chapter 29|20 pages

Capitalism and Consumption

ByKatie Barclay

chapter 30|13 pages


ByMichael E. Woods

part VI|90 pages

Emotional Exchanges

chapter 32|17 pages

Emotions and Migration

ByMarcelo J. Borges, María Bjerg

chapter 33|15 pages

Emotion and War: Conflict and Affect in the Global Age

ByRichard Reid

chapter 34|14 pages

Media and the Question of Emotional Intensification

ByBrenton J. Malin

chapter 35|16 pages

Pandemic Emotions

ByKatie Barclay

chapter 36|6 pages


ByRob Boddice