Battlefield Emotions 1500-1800

Practices, Experience, Imagination

  • Erika Kuijpers
  • Cornelis van der Haven

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions book series (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Erika Kuijpers, Cornelis van der Haven
      Pages 3-21
  3. The Military: Emotional Practices and Community

  4. Reflections I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Johan Verberckmoes
      Pages 113-124
  5. The Combatant: Emotional Experience and Writing

  6. Reflections II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Mary A. Favret
      Pages 197-204
  7. The Public: Emotional Re-Creation

  8. Conclusions and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 285-303

About this book


This book explores changes in emotional cultures of the early modern battlefield. Military action involves extraordinary modes of emotional experience and affective control of the soldier, and it evokes strong emotional reactions in society at large. While emotional experiences of actors and observers may differ radically, they can also be tightly connected through social interaction, cultural representations and mediatisation. The book integrates psychological, social and cultural perspectives on the battlefield, looking at emotional behaviour, expression and representation in a great variety of primary source material. In three steps it discusses the emotional practices in the army, the emotional experiences of the individual combatant and the emotions of the mediated battlefield in the visual arts.


History of Emotions Early Modern History Military History War Experience War Culture battle emotion psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Erika Kuijpers
    • 1
  • Cornelis van der Haven
    • 2
  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Ghent UniversityGhentBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-56489-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56490-0
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