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Brief History of Death

Brief History of Death - 05 edition

Brief History of Death - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9781405101837

ISBN10: 1405101830

Brief History of Death by Douglas Davies - ISBN 9781405101837
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
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International: No
Brief History of Death by Douglas Davies - ISBN 9781405101837

ISBN13: 9781405101837

ISBN10: 1405101830

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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Summary

The act of death itself and the rituals surrounding it vary enormously and shed a fascinating light on the cultures of which they are a part. In this brief and lively history, Douglas Davies - internationally acknowledged as one of the leading experts in this field - tackles some of the most significant aspects of death and weaves them into a compelling story about our changing attitudes to dying.

  • Offers a fascinating examination of this subject which is of enduring interest in every culture in the world
  • Considers the profound influence death has had on subjects ranging from philosophy to anthropology, through to art, literature, and music - inspiring some of our most enduring artistic highpoints
  • Broaches some of the most significant aspects of death, such as the act of dying, grieving, burial, artistic interpretations of death, places of memory, the fear of death, and disasters/tragedies
  • Weaves these numerous approaches to death into a compelling story about our changing attitudes to dying
  • Contains several illustrations, and is written in an accessible and lively style.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
1 Journey Beyond
2 Parting's sweet sorrow
3 Removing the dead
4 Ecology, death and hope
5 Art, literature and music
6 Places of Memory
7 Fear of death
8 Purposeful and useless death
Bibliography
Index