9780802142894-0802142893-Happiness: A History

Happiness: A History

ISBN-13: 9780802142894
ISBN-10: 0802142893
Edition: First Trade Paper
Author: McMahon, Darrin M.
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Grove Press
Format: Paperback 560 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780802142894
ISBN-10: 0802142893
Edition: First Trade Paper
Author: McMahon, Darrin M.
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Grove Press
Format: Paperback 560 pages

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Acknowledged authors McMahon, Darrin M. wrote Happiness: A History comprising 560 pages back in 2006. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0802142893 and 9780802142894. Since then Happiness: A History textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Today, human beings tend to think of happiness as a natural right. But they haven’t always felt this way. For the ancient Greeks, happiness meant virtue. For the Romans, it implied prosperity and divine favor. For Christians, happiness was synonymous with God. Throughout history, happiness has been equated regularly with the highest human calling, the most perfect human state. Yet it’s only within the past two hundred years that human beings have begun to think of happiness as not just an earthly possibility but also as an earthly entitlement, even an obligation. In this sweeping new book, historian Darrin M. McMahon argues that our modern belief in happiness is the product of a dramatic revolution in human expectations carried out since the eighteenth century.
In the tradition of works by Peter Gay and Simon Schama, Happiness draws on a multitude of sources, including art and architecture, poetry and scripture, music and theology, and literature and myth, to offer a sweeping intellectual history of man’s most elusive yet coveted goal.

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