1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Cultural History in the Western World

Edited By Alessandro Arcangeli, Jörg Rogge, Hannu Salmi Copyright 2020
    604 Pages
    by Routledge

    604 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Cultural History in the Western World is a comprehensive examination of recent discussions and findings in the exciting field of cultural history.

    A synthesis of how the new cultural history has transformed the study of history, the volume is divided into three parts – medieval, early modern and modern – that emphasize the way people made sense of the world around them. Contributions cover such themes as material cultures of living, mobility and transport, cultural exchange and transfer, power and conflict, emotion and communication, and the history of the senses. The focus is on the Western world, but the notion of the West is a flexible one. In bringing together 36 authors from 15 countries, the book takes a wide geographical coverage, devoting continuous attention to global connections and the emerging trend of globalization. It builds a panorama of the transformation of Western identities, and the critical ramifications of that evolution from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, that offers the reader a wide-ranging illustration of the potentials of cultural history as a way of studying the past in a variety of times, spaces and aspects of human experience.

    Engaging with historiographical debate and covering a vast range of themes, periods and places, The Routledge Companion to Cultural History in the Western World is the ideal resource for cultural history students and scholars to understand and advance this dynamic field.

    General Introduction

    Alessandro Arcangeli, Jörg Rogge and Hannu Salmi

    Part 1: Shaping Western Identities, 1250–1500


    Jörg Rogge

    1. Culture of Politics in the Middle Ages: Rituals to create and confirm political order

    Hermann Kamp

    2. Cultures of Conflict

    Jackson W. Armstrong

    3. Material Cultures of Living: Spatiality and Everyday Life

    Jan Hirschbiegel and Gabriel Zeilinger

    4. Travel, Mobility, and Culture in Europe

    Marianne O’Doherty

    5. Cultural Encounters and Transfer

    Johannes Pahlitzsch

    6. Practices of Communication: Literacy, Gestures and Words

    Franz-Josef Arlinghaus

    7. Making Sense of One’s Life and the World

    Marek Tamm

    8. Conceiving of Medieval Identities

    Christina Lutter

    9.  Body, Sexuality and Health

    Dominik Schuh

    10. Contextualizing Medieval Emotions

    Esther Cohen

    Part 2: Europe meets the Globe: Western Identities in Question, 1500–1750


    Alessandro Arcangeli

    11. God’s Green Garden: Interactions between humans and the environment

    Linnéa Rowlatt

    12. Material Cultures of Living: European Attitudes to Novelties

    Raffaella Sarti

    13. Reverence, Shame and Guilt in Early Modern European Cultures

    Jonas Liliequist

    14. Making Sense of the World: The Creation and Transfer of Knowledge

    Hjalmar Fors

    15. The Self: Representations and Practices

    James R. Farr

    16. The Experience of Time

    Brendan Dooley

    17. Written Communication: Publication, Textual Materiality and Appropriations

    Antonio Castillo Gómez

    18. Mobility, Global Interaction and Cultural Transfers in the Age of Cultural Encounters

    Giuseppe Marcocci

    19. Faces of Power and Conflict

    Tomás A. Mantecón

    Part 3: The Western World and the Global Challenge, from 1750 to the present


    Hannu Salmi

    20. Enlightenment, Revolution and Melancholy

    Asko Nivala

    21. Individualism and Emotion in Modern Western Culture

    Peter N. Stearns

    22. Health and Illness, the Self and the Body

    Willemijn Ruberg

    23. Family, Home and Variations in Domestic Life

    Kirsi Tuohela

    24. Natural Disasters and Modernity

    Kyrre Kverndokk

    25. Cultures of Mobility

    Dhan Zunino Singh

    26. The Cultural Life of the Senses in Modernity

    Constance Classen and David Howes

    27. Media and Mediatization

    Pelle Snickars

    28. Indigenous and Postcolonial Cultures

    Mita Banerjee

    29. Violence and Trauma: Experiencing the Two World Wars

    Ville Kivimäki

    30. The Cold War Cultures and Beyond

    Steven Conn

    31. The Culture of Commerce and the Global Economy

    Jared Poley

    32. Epilogue: Cultural History in Retrospect

    Hannu Salmi


    Alessandro Arcangeli is Associate Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Verona, Italy, the author of a reference book on cultural history and its methods and a scholar in Renaissance studies. He chaired the International Society for Cultural History from 2013 to 2017.

    Jörg Rogge is Academic Director and Adjunct Professor of History, Middle Ages, at the University of Mainz, Germany, and specialized in the history of urban and noble societies. He is the current Chair of the International Society for Cultural History.

    Hannu Salmi is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Turku, Finland, Academy Professor for the years 2017–2021 and a historian of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He was the first chair of the International Society for Cultural History from 2008 to 2013.

    'This is a remarkable volume covering a vast range of themes, periods and locations. It will be essential for advancing scholarship and supporting the next generation of academic work in the field.'

    Professor Hugo Frey, Professor of Visual and Cultural History, University of Chichester, UK