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An Intimate History Of Humanity

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Description for AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF HUMANITY by Theodore Zeldin:

In this tour de force of the historian's art, Theodore Zeldin explores how feelings and personal relationships have changed through the ages. AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF HUMANITY is a work of deep originality, comparable in the breadth of its vision to Fernand Braudel's writings, but different in that it shifts the focus from possessions to feelings. It is a bold attempt to elucidate what humans have in common, rather than what divides them, and to explain what has obstructed them in their efforts to show humanity, to learn the art of living, to cope with cruelty and anger. Concentrating on what they can change, rather than on what they cannot, it emphasized the options that still remain untried, and the meetings between individuals, religions, and cultures that still have not taken place.

Zeldin shows that choices made in the past are not necessarily irreversible. The preoccupations of our time, expanded by women's new aspirations, are given a deeper meaning by integrating women's history, men's history, and the personal history of the individual, and by showing also the relevance of gay history in the development of friendship and desire. The book's themes include courage, fear and loneliness, love in many forms, conversation, cooking, travel, power and luck, kindness and respect, the relations between generations, and the feeling people have that there is something missing from their lives.

This astonishingly readable and absorbing book draws on a lifetime of reading and reflection. It is a history of an unclassifiable sort, and each reader will be the richer for having pass through its pages.


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Condition: Used - Like New, First Edition. Dust jacket is slightly worn on edges. Inside is like new.
ISBN: 9780060171605
Shipping Weight: 1lbs
Published: 1995


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