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Description - The Making of the Modern Self by Dror Wahrman

Toward the end of the eighteenth century, a radical change occurred in notions of self and personal identity. This was a sudden transformation, says Dror Wahrman, and nothing short of a revolution in the understanding of selfhood and of identity categories including race, gender, and class. In this pathbreaking book, he offers a fundamentally new interpretation of this critical turning point in Western history. Wahrman demonstrates this transformation with a fascinating variety of cultural evidence from eighteenth-century England, from theater to beekeeping, fashion to philosophy, art to travel and translations of the classics. He discusses notions of self in the earlier 1700s-what he terms the ancien regime of identity-that seem bizarre, even incomprehensible, to present-day readers. He then examines how this peculiar world came to an abrupt end, and the far-reaching consequences of that change. This unrecognized cultural revolution, the author argues, set the scene for the array of new departures that signaled the onset of Western modernity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300121391
ISBN-10: 0300121393
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 155mm x 23mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dror Wahrman

Dror Wahrman is Ruth N. Halls Professor of History and Director of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University (Bloomington).

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