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The Resource What nostalgia was : war, empire, and the time of a deadly emotion, Thomas Dodman

What nostalgia was : war, empire, and the time of a deadly emotion, Thomas Dodman

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What nostalgia was : war, empire, and the time of a deadly emotion
Title
What nostalgia was
Title remainder
war, empire, and the time of a deadly emotion
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Thomas Dodman
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Language
eng
Summary
Nostalgia today is seen as essentially benign, a wistful longing for the past. This wasn't always the case, however: from the late seventeenth century through the end of the nineteenth, nostalgia denoted a form of homesickness so extreme that it could sometimes be deadly. What Nostalgia Was unearths that history. Thomas Dodman begins his story in Basel, where a nineteen-year-old medical student invented the new diagnosis, modeled on prevailing notions of melancholy. From there, he traces its spread through the European republic of letters and into Napoleon's armies, as French soldiers far from home were diagnosed and treated for the disease. Nostalgia then gradually transformed from a medical term to a more expansive cultural concept, one that connected to Romantic notions of the aesthetic pleasure of suffering. But the decisive shift towards a benign emotion occurred in the colonies, where Frenchmen worried about excessive creolization came to view a moderate homesickness as salutary. An afterword reflects on how the history of nostalgia can help us understand the transformations of the modern world, rounding out a surprising, fascinating tour through the history of a durable idea. --
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Dodman, Thomas
Dewey number
302.1
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Chicago studies in practices of meaning
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  • Nostalgia
  • Nostalgia
  • Nostalgia
  • France
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What nostalgia was : war, empire, and the time of a deadly emotion, Thomas Dodman
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • nc
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Nostalgia as a historical problem -- Nostalgia in 1688 -- The reasons of a passion -- The lost pays of the patrie -- Mothers and sons in the time of Napoleonic war -- Golden age -- Nostalgia in the tropics -- Ubi bene, ibi patria: nostalgia fin de siècle -- Afterword: Nostalgia in history
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ocn975487452
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 275 pages
Isbn
9780226492940
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)975487452
Label
What nostalgia was : war, empire, and the time of a deadly emotion, Thomas Dodman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Nostalgia as a historical problem -- Nostalgia in 1688 -- The reasons of a passion -- The lost pays of the patrie -- Mothers and sons in the time of Napoleonic war -- Golden age -- Nostalgia in the tropics -- Ubi bene, ibi patria: nostalgia fin de siècle -- Afterword: Nostalgia in history
Control code
ocn975487452
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 275 pages
Isbn
9780226492940
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)975487452

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