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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 (PSHE)

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

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

About the editors

Erika Kuijpers teaches cultural history at VU University, the Netherlands. Her previous work concerned the social history of early modern migration and labour relations. From 2008-2013 she worked at Leiden University, the Netherlands, researching memories of the Dutch Revolt, as part of the VICI research project 'Tales of the Revolt: Memory, oblivion and identity in the Low Countries, 1566-1700'. She is co-editor of the volume Memory Before Modernity. Practices of Memory in Early Modern Europe (2013), and is working on a monograph about the way early modern witnesses and victims of war dealt with traumatic memories.

Cornelis van der Haven is a literary historian who has published on Dutch and German theatre and literature in the 17th and 18th centuries, with a strong focus on the role of literary texts in shaping cultural and social identities. He lectures at the Literary Department of Ghent University, Belgium.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Battlefield Emotions 1500-1800
  • Book Subtitle Practices, Experience, Imagination
  • Editors Erika Kuijpers
    Cornelis van der Haven
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-56489-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-85022-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-56490-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 303
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Early Modern Europe
    History of Military
    History of Psychology
    Cultural History
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