By Theodore Zeldin
A provocative paintings that explores the evolution of feelings and private relationships via different cultures and time. "An intellectually spectacular view of our previous and future."--Time magazine
This groundbreaking booklet by way of an across the world well known historian and prolific writer is so wide-ranging in scope that categorizing many of the concerns and audiences it seeks to handle will be tough. Implicit in Zeldin's paintings is a problem to standard historians who've heretofore pigeonholed their bills of the human earlier into discrete compartments (social, financial, political background, etc.). against this, Zeldin makes an attempt a heritage of human innovations and emotions unfettered by means of issues of old epoch or tradition. every one bankruptcy specializes in a specific idea or feeling, akin to toil, the paintings of dialog, voluntarism, compassion, attitudes on type and social prestige, and authority. to arrange his rules, Zeldin employs a masterful new strategy. After introducing every one bankruptcy with a private vignette in line with interviews he has performed with participants musing at the which means of a few point in their lives, Zeldin strains adjustments or commonalities in that feeling throughout time and position. common readers may be encouraged by means of this thought-provoking and immensely readable work.?Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., N.J.
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I have dealt with only a limited range of people, places and topics, because I am trying to suggest a method and an approach, not to fit all facts into pigeon-holes, and because even several lifetimes would not have been sufficient to remedy my ignorance, or to cope with all the information that is available. What to do with too much information is the great riddle of our time. My solution is to look at the facts through two lenses simultaneously, both through a microscope, choosing details that illuminate life in those aspects that touch people most closely, and through a telescope, surveying large problems from a great distance.
If it comes, too bad. ’ ‘There are always solutions to problems’: that is her motto. Her father is a post-office clerk; one sister works for the police, another at the town hall, a third in a school. The universe of junior officials, rotating on its own axis, is large enough to keep conversation within the family. ’ And now her ambition is to prove by her conduct that women can do security work as well as men, though not with the aim of taking their place, nor of challenging them, because the ‘force side of the profession must be preserved and women do not express force’.
Why fathers and their children are changing their minds about what they want from each other 22. Why the crisis in the family is only one stage in the evolution of generosity 23. How people choose a way of life, and how it does not wholly satisfy them 24. How humans become hospitable to each other 25. What becomes possible when soul-mates meet Acknowledgements Index Copyright About the Book This extraordinarily wide-ranging study looks at the dilemmas of life today and shows how they need not have arisen.