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Sensing the Past Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History

ISBN-10: 0520254961
ISBN-13: 9780520254961
Edition: 2008
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Description: Do we rely on different senses now than the ones we relied on in the past? How have our senses affected history? How have the senses themselves changed? What role have the senses played in the ways we discriminate? Exploring illuminating examples  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 9.25" wide x 6.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Do we rely on different senses now than the ones we relied on in the past? How have our senses affected history? How have the senses themselves changed? What role have the senses played in the ways we discriminate? Exploring illuminating examples from antiquity to the twenty-first century, this lively, concise introduction to the essential, emerging field of sensory history presents a new way of looking at the past that takes the everyday, the average, and the banal as seriously as it takes the history of elites, the intellect, and the exceptional. Considering each of the five senses, Mark M. Smith explores diverse subjects: visual culture in Victorian Britain and South America, sound in nineteenth-century Australia and France, gender politics and touch in early modern Europe and in native America, "race" and olfaction in the United States and scent in ancient Christianity, and the role of taste in shaping national identity in modern China and early America. An indispensable book for anyone interested in the history of our senses and for all students of the history of any region or period,Sensing the Pastquestions much received opinion and opens new perspectives on the remarkable varieties of sensory experience.

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