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Western Attitudes toward Death

From the Middle Ages to the Present

Philippe Ariès

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Reveals the change in Western man's conception and acceptance of death as evidenced in customs, literature, and art since medieval times.

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Ariès traces Western man's attitudes toward mortality from the early medieval conception of death as the familiar collective destiny of the human race to the modern tendency, so pronounced in industrial societies, to hide death as if it were an embarrassing family secret.

An astounding story, told with the incisiveness and mastery characteristic of Ariès's work.

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8
Pages
128
ISBN
9780801817625
Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. Tamed Death
Chapter 2. One's Own Death
Chapter 3. Thy Death
Chapter 4. Forbidden Death
Index

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Philippe Ariès
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Philippe Ariès

Philippe Ariès (1914-1984) was a French historian best known for his book Centuries of Childhood, the seminal study that launched historical scholarship on childhood and family life in the Western world.