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"Richly and deeply documented, this history offers readers a chance to follow an intriguing problem: Can and should emotions be suppressed? Channeled? Expressed spontaneously? A major synthesis by one of the most innovative and accomplished historians of our time." --John Burnham, Ohio State University "Peter Stearns argues that twentieth-century cultural styles stunt and stifle the emotions behind a veneer of cool. With a breathtaking scholarly sweep through the development of this concept of cool, he provokes and compels us to rethink our very understanding of the American character. Without…mehr

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"Richly and deeply documented, this history offers readers a chance to follow an intriguing problem: Can and should emotions be suppressed? Channeled? Expressed spontaneously? A major synthesis by one of the most innovative and accomplished historians of our time." --John Burnham, Ohio State University "Peter Stearns argues that twentieth-century cultural styles stunt and stifle the emotions behind a veneer of cool. With a breathtaking scholarly sweep through the development of this concept of cool, he provokes and compels us to rethink our very understanding of the American character. Without a doubt, this is the best of Stearn's work on the history of emotions to date, and should be read by all who are concerned about the current crisis in American values." --Kevin White, University of Sussex Cool. The concept, distinctly American, permeates almost every aspect of contemporary American society. From Kool cigarettes and the Peanuts cartoon's Joe Cool to "West Side Story" and urban slang, the idea of cool, in its many manifestations, has seized a central place in our vocabulary and in our culture. Where did this preoccupation with cool come from? How was Victorian culture, seemingly so ensconced, replaced with the current emotional status quo? Whence came "American Cool"? These are the questions Peter Stearns seeks to answer in this timely and engaging volume.
  • Produktdetails
  • Open Access Lib and Hc
  • Verlag: NEW YORK UNIV PR
  • New
  • Seitenzahl: 378
  • Erscheinungstermin: April 1994
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 228mm x 153mm x 30mm
  • Gewicht: 581g
  • ISBN-13: 9780814779965
  • ISBN-10: 0814779964
  • Artikelnr.: 21528497
Autorenporträt
Peter N. Stearns is Provost and University Professor at George Mason University. Since 1967, he has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History. His numerous books include World History in Documents; American Behavioral History; and Anxious Parents.