Civilizing Emotions: Concepts in Nineteenth Century Asia and Europe

ISBN : 9780198745532

Margrit Pernau; Helge Jordheim; Orit Bashkin; Christian Bailey; Oleg Benesch; Jan Ifversen; Mana Kia; Rochona Majumdar; Angelika C. Messner; Myoung-Kyu Park
368 Pages
163 x 238 mm
Pub date
Aug 2015
Emotions in History
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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the vocabulary of civility and civilization is very much at the forefront of political debate. Most of these debates proceed as if the meaning of these words were self-evident. This is where Civilizing Emotions intervenes, tracing the history of the concepts of civility and civilization and thus adding a level of self-reflexivity to the present debates. Unlike previous histories, Civilizing Emotions takes a global perspective, highlighting the roles of civility and civilization in the creation of a new and hierarchized global order in the era of high imperialism and its entanglements with the developments in a number of well-chosen European and Asian countries. Emotions were at the core of the practices linked to the creation of a new global order in the nineteenth century. Civilizing Emotions explores why and how emotions were an asset in civilizing peoples and societies - their control and management, but also their creation and their ascription to different societies and social groups. The study is a contribution to the history of emotions, to global history, and to the history of concepts, three rapidly developing and innovative research areas which are here being brought together for the first time.


1. Introduction
2. The Nature of Civilization: The Semantics of Civilization and Civility in Scandinavia
3. Great Britain: The Creation of an Imperial Global Order
4. France: Sociability in the Imperial Republic
5. Germany: Orientalism, Emotional Geographies, and the Re-drawing of Civilizational Trajectories
6. The Education of Ottoman Man and the Practising of Orderliness
7. Journeys between Civility and Wilderness: Debates on Civilization and Emotions in the Arab Middle East, 1861-1939
8. Moral Refinement and Manhood in Persian
9. The Virtuous Individual and Social Reform: Debates among North Indian Urdu Speakers
10. Spectres of the West: Negotiating a Civilizational Figure in Hindi
11. From Civilizational Heroism to an Ethic of Universal Humanity: Bengali Discussions of Civility
12. Transforming Chinese Hearts, Minds and Bodies in the Name of Progress, Civility, and Civilization
13. Patriotism, Virtue, and the Clash of Civilities in Japanese
14. From Shame to Sympathy: Civilization and Emotion in Korea, 1860-1920
15. Afterword

About the author: 

Margrit Pernau, Senior Researcher at the Center of the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Helge Jordheim, Professor of Cultural History, University of Oslo, Orit Bashkin, Professor of modern Arab history, University of Chicago, Christian Bailey, Lecturer in History, The Open University, Oleg Benesch, Anniversary Research Lecturer, Department of History, University of York, Jan Ifversen, Vice dean, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, Mana Kia, Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University, Rochona Majumdar, Associate Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations and Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, Angelika C. Messner, Director of the China Center, Kiel University, Myoung-kyu Park, Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS), Seoul National University, Emmanuelle Saada, Associate professor in the departments of French and History, Columbia University, Mohinder Singh, ssistant Professor, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, School of International Studies, JNU, New Dehli, and Einar Wigen, Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Culture and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo

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