The Cultivation of Hatred
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.
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THE CULTIVATION OF HATREDUser Review - Kirkus
With sweep, erudition, and insight, Gay (History/Yale Reading Freud, 1990, etc.), in this third volume of a projected five-book history of middle-class culture in 19th-century Europe and America (The ... Read full review
The cultivation of hatredUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This third installment in Gay's (history, Yale) magisterial "Bourgeois Experience'' series lives up to expectations. While the earlier installments, The Education of the Senses (OUP, 1984) and The ... Read full review
THREE Demagogues and Democrats
FOUR The Powerful Weaker Sex
FIVE The Bite of Wit
six Uncertain Mastery
EPILOGUE August 4 1914
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