A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade that Forged the Modern Mind.
The Introduction is titled "The History of Emotion." In the 1790's, Britain was going through what Burke described as a "revolution of sentiment." British thought included radical dreams of founding new political systems that arose from the Enlightenment. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, and others, saw paths to reforming sex, education, commerce, medicine, and politics. When the French Revolution turned frighteningly violent, the backlash resulted in the end of the Enlightenment period, giving way to a more inward, conservative emotional landscape. This 550 page book balances an intimate view of the times with sweeping history, and brings a full appreciation of the differences between sense and sensibility that were highlighted in this transformative period. Book is Like New. Granta Books. 2017. Hb, Dj. USED. $8.00