Fear is ubiquitous but slippery. This title focuses on the meaning, diversity, and dynamism of fear in multiple world-historical contexts, and demonstrates how fear universally binds us to particular presents but also to a broad spectrum of memories, stories, and states in the past.
Fear is ubiquitous but slippery. It has been defined as a purely biological reality, derided as an excuse for cowardice, attacked as a force for social control, and even denigrated as an unnatural condition that has no place in the disenchanted world of enlightened modernity. In these times of institutionalized insecurity and global terror, Facing Fear sheds light on the meaning, diversity, and dynamism of fear in multiple world-historical contexts, and demonstrates how fear universally binds us to particular presents but also to a broad spectrum of memories, stories, and states in the past. From the eighteenth-century Peruvian highlands and the California borderlands to the urban cityscapes of contemporary Russia and India, this book collectively explores the wide range of causes, experiences, and explanations of this protean emotion. The volume contributes to the thriving literature on the history of emotions and destabilizes narratives that have often understood fear in very specific linguistic, cultural, and geographical settings. Rather, by using a comparative, multidisciplinary framework, the book situates fear in more global terms, breaks new ground in the historical and cultural analysis of emotions, and sets out a new agenda for further research. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Alexander Etkind, Lisbeth Haas, Andreas Killen, David Lederer, Melani McAlister, Ronald Schechter, Marla Stone, Ravi Sundaram, and Charles Walker.
Michael Laffan is professor of history at Princeton University. His books include "The Makings of Indonesian Islam" (Princeton). Max Weiss is assistant professor of history and Near Eastern studies at Princeton University. He is the author of "In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shi'ism, and the Making of Modern Lebanon".
Acknowledgments ix INTRODUCTION - 1 The Golden Age of Nasserism 3 Idealism and Pragmatism in Nasser's Foreign Policy 11 The Nature of Middle Eastern Politics 14 The Place of the Intervention in Egyptian Memory 16 Structure of the Book 21 CHAPTER ONE - The Road to War 24 The Coup in Yemen 29 The Struggle for Power in Egypt 37 The Accidental Intervention? 49 The Denouement of the Crisis in Cairo 61 CHAPTER TWO - The Soviet-Egyptian Intervention in Yemen 70 The Nature of Soviet Relations with Egypt and Yemen 71 The Egyptian Appeal and the Soviet Response 75 Explaining Soviet Behavior 88 Forms of Early Soviet Involvement 94 CHAPTER THREE - Food for "Peace": The Breakdown of US-Egyptian Relations, 1962-65 102 Recognition 106 Disengagement 113 The Suspension of US Aid 127 The Balance of Payments Crisis 139 CHAPTER FOUR - Guns for Cotton: The Unraveling of Soviet-Egyptian Relations, 1964-66 142 Guns for Cotton 144 The Soviet Quest for Base Rights in Egypt 146 From Jiddah to Moscow 151 In the Cracks of Cold War Geology 159 The Final Unraveling 162 CHAPTER FIVE - On the Battlefield in Yemen--and in Egypt 174 Counterinsurgency 176 Casualties 190 Cost 195 Corruption 199 The Spread of Popular Discontent 206 CHAPTER SIX - The Fruitless Quest for Peace: Saudi-Egyptian Negotiations, 1964-66 215 The First Arab Summit 217 The Second Arab Summit 222 The Jiddah Agreement 232 From the Islamic Pact to the Long Breath Strategy 249 The Kuwaiti Mediation and the Return of Sallal 258 CHAPTER SEVEN - The Six-Day War and the End of the Intervention in Yemen 262 The Sinai Option 266 The Syrian Connection 272 The Soviet Spark 275 The Egyptian Initiative 284 The Impact of the Yemen War on Egyptian Military Performance in the Six-Day War 289 The Khartoum Conference and the Withdrawal of the Egyptians from Yemen 290 AFTERWORD - The Twilight of Egyptian Power 295 Bibliographical Note 313 Bibliography 319 Index 335
"The history of the emotions has become one of the most dynamic fields in historical research in the twenty-first century. By focusing on one emotion--fear--this volume adds another dimension to our understanding of the way people negotiated their encounters with other people and events in the past. It is a riveting read."--Joanna Bourke, author of Fear: A Cultural History
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