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Brief History of Death (Douglas J Davies) Paperback Book, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004) 9781405101837
Brief History of Death (Douglas J Davies) Paperback Book, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004) 9781405101837
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Title: A Brief History of Death

Author: Davies, Douglas J

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Publication Date: 2004

Paperback; ISBN: 9781405101837

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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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.Features* 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.ContentsList of illustrations1 Journey Beyond2 Parting's sweet sorrow3 Removing the dead4 Ecology, death and hope5 Art, literature and music6 Places of Memory7 Fear of death8 Purposeful and useless deathBibliographyIndex
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