Fear : an alternative history of the world / Robert Peckham.
- ISBN: 1788167236
- ISBN: 9781788167239
- ISBN: 1788167244
- ISBN: 9781788167246
- Physical Description: xxii, 426 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2023.
- Copyright: ©2023
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 320-406) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
The great pestilence -- A new age of fear -- Theatre of power -- Colonising panic -- Despotism of liberty -- The slave matrix -- Lost in the crowd -- Diabolus ex machina -- Crash -- Horror in the trenches -- Death camps and dictators -- A contest of nightmares -- Break-up, breakdown -- War on terror -- Eco-panic.
"It's been said that, after 9/11, the 2008 financial crash and the Covid-19 pandemic, we're a more fearful society than ever before. Yet fear, and the panic it produces, have long been driving forces - perhaps the driving forces - of world history: fear of God, of famine, war, disease, poverty, and other people. In Fear: An Alternative History of the World, Robert Peckham considers the impact of fear in history, as both a coercive tool of power and a catalyst for social change. Beginning with the Black Death in the fourteenth century, Peckham traces a shadow history of fear. He takes us through the French Revolution and the social movements of the nineteenth century to modern market crashes, Cold War paranoia and the AIDS pandemic, into a digital culture marked increasingly by uniquely twenty-first-century fears."--Publisher's description.
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