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Facing the 'King of Terrors' : Death and Society in an American Community, 1750-1990 - Robert V. Wells

Facing the 'King of Terrors'

Death and Society in an American Community, 1750-1990

Hardcover Published: 13th December 1999
ISBN: 9780521633192
Number Of Pages: 316

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Death, a topic often neglected by historians, is in this book given the attention it deserves as one of the most important aspects of personal and societal experience. Facing the "King of Terrors" examines changes in the roles and perceptions of death in one American community, Schenectady, New York, from 1750 to 1990. It combines an in-depth look at patterns of death in society as a whole with an investigation of personal responses to such cultural customs.

'Wells is not only a scholar with a mole-like knack for digging up intriguing data, but a humanist, stoically resigned to human inevitability.' Albany Times Union '... is essential reading for those who would understand modern American difficulties in coping with death and dying. Professional historians will find that it eases their task of formulating and conveying this understanding to the wider public.' Popular Studies

Meeting the -King of Terrors-
Death in the colonial village
Thy death: 1800-1850
To speak of death: culture and the individual
The era of the Civil War 1850-1870
-But the weaver knows the threads-: perspectives on the Civil War
Great transitions: 1870-1950
To speak of death: searching for a new vocabulary
A vicarious intimacy with death: 1950 to the present
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ISBN: 9780521633192
ISBN-10: 0521633192
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 13th December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.65 x 16.0  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.54