Item #271495 Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud. Peter Gay.

Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud

W. W. Norton & Company, September 1994. Trade Paperback. Used - Very Good. Item #271495
ISBN: 0393312240

Gay's search through middle-class Victorian culture, illuminated by lively portraits of such daunting figures as Bismarck, Darwin and his acolytes, George Eliot, and the great satirists Daumier and Wilhelm Busch, covers a vast terrain: the relations between men and women, wit, demagoguery, and much more. We discover the multiple ways in which the nineteenth century at once restrained aggressive behavior and licensed it.

Aggression split the social universe into insiders and outsiders. By gathering up communities of insiders, Professor Gay writes, the Victorians discovered--only too often invented--a world of strangers beyond the pale, of individuals and classes, races and nations it was perfectly proper to debate, patronize, ridicule, bully, exploit, or exterminate. The aggressions so channeled or bottled could not be contained forever. Ultimately, they exploded in the First World War.


The author of the bestseller Freud presents a close examination of the aggression--and debate about aggression--that raged through the Victorian Age. Gay looks at the works of such figures as Theodore Roosevelt and Nietzsche to present penetrating new insights.

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