Resentment, a revolutionary emotion Lecture Series Four emotions

Resentment, a revolutionary emotion

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  1. Manuel Lucena GiraldoManuel Lucena Giraldo

    Es investigador del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas de España y doctor en Historia de América. Ha sido profesor visitante en la Universidad de Harvard, Lecturer en Stanford University y Visiting Professor en Tufts University, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, IVIC (Venezuela), Colegio de México, Universidad Complutense de Madrid y SAM en St. Antony’s College, en Oxford. Sus publicaciones incluyen libros sobre viajes, expediciones científicas, imágenes nacionales, imperios y globalización. Recientemente ha sido editor de Polyphonic History. Sus últimas obras son Naciones de rebeldes. Las revoluciones de independencia latinoamericanas y Francisco de Miranda. La aventura de la política. Contribuye en prensa de manera habitual en España y América.

The emotions express both, physiologic and cultural realities. They posses the schizophrenic capacity  of that in our existence which seem stable, combined with what is transformed and changes every instant. This explains the existence of emotions "of time", or the fact that we talk about centuries "of lights" in opposition to other "dark" or "genocidal" centuries. The resentment has always existed, but only along recent times it has become an instrument of socialization and a motor of political change. The emergence of revolutions along the end of the 18th century as tales of the radically new, and perfect excuse for the elimination of "expired" traditions and elites, gave it a new value that has been on a non-stop rise since then.