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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Zeldin, Theodore, 1933-
Intimate history of humanity.
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 
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|Notes:||"Originally published in Great Britain in 1994 by Sinclair-Stevenson"--T.p. verso.|
|Description:||vii, 488 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||1. How humans have repeatedly lost hope, and how new encounters, and a new pair of spectacles, revive them --
2. How men and women have slowly learned to have interesting conversations --
3. How people searching for their roots are only beginning to look far and deep enough --
4. How some people have acquired an immunity to loneliness --
5. How new forms of love have been invented --
6. Why there has been more progress in cooking than in sex --
7. How the desire that men feel for women, and for other men, has altered through the centuries --
8. How respect has become more desirable than power --
9. How those who want neither to give orders nor to receive them can become intermediaries --
10. How people have freed themselves from fear by finding new fears --
11. How curiosity has become the key to freedom --
12. Why it has become increasingly difficult to destroy one's enemies --
13. How the art of escaping from one's troubles has developed, but not the art of knowing where to escape to.