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Susan J. Matt and Peter N. Stearns

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038051

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038051.001.0001

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Emotions History in Eastern Europe

Emotions History in Eastern Europe

(p.74) Chapter 4 Emotions History in Eastern Europe
Doing Emotions History

Mark D. Steinberg

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines a regional emotional culture in Eastern Europe and how it shaped attitudes about religion, morality, catastrophe, and loss. It argues that a regional approach opens a valuable space for examining what contexts mean in practice, but only if approached critically, with an awareness of the dangers of cultural essentialism as well as of the (also often dangerous) historical power of such imagery. Following newer approaches to regional geography, the chapter aims to view regions not as stable or homogeneous places but as spaces constituted by social relationships and thus marked by difference, conflict, and change interacting with common and stable features.

Keywords:   regional emotional culture, Eastern Europe, cultural essentialism, stereotypes, social relationships, regional geography, regional approach

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