The history of emotions is a field of historical research concerned with human emotion especially variations among cultures and historical periods in the experience and expression of emotionsbeginning in the 20th century with writers such as lucien febvre and peter gay an expanding range of methodological approaches is being applied. What is the history of emotions offers an accessible path through the thicket of approaches debates and past and current trends in the history of emotions although historians have always talked about how people felt in the past it is only in the last two decades that they have found systematic and well grounded ways to treat the topic. The queen mary centre for the history of the emotions launched in november 2008 is the first research centre in the uk dedicated to the history of the emotions one of its key objectives is to provide a focus for interactions between social and cultural historians of the emotions on the one hand and historians of science and medicine on the . Do emotions have a history and do they make history these are the questions that the new research center history of emotions seeks to answer to explore the emotional orders of the past historians work closely with psychologists and education specialists in addition they draw on the expertise of anthropologists sociologists . What is the history of emotions and why does it matter as part of our first anniversary at the history of emotions blog i asked members and friends of the centre for the history of the emotions to write a paragraph or two on what they thought about the history of emotions how they got involved in it why it mattered and what were their favourite publications in the field
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