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


part I|109 pages

Emotions in Global Context

chapter 2|16 pages


chapter 5|13 pages

Anger, Hate and Aggression

chapter 6|13 pages


chapter 7|14 pages

Fear, Anxiety and Terror post 9/11

chapter 8|16 pages

Honour, Shame and Guilt

part III|75 pages

Intimacies, Embodiment and Place

part IV|96 pages

Technologies, Medias and the Representation of Emotion

chapter 21|17 pages

Science, Medicine and Psychology

chapter 23|15 pages

Music and Emotions

chapter 24|14 pages

Literature, Film and TV

chapter 25|15 pages


part V|68 pages

The Emotions of Power

chapter 27|16 pages

Emotions and Nationalism

chapter 29|20 pages

Capitalism and Consumption

chapter 30|13 pages