Wahrman demonstrates that toward the end of the eighteenth century, a radical change occurred in notions of self. He does this with fascinating examples, from theatre to beekeeping, fashion to philosophy, art to travel and translations of the classics. The notions of self in the earlier 1700s are now incomprehensible.
Dror Wahrman has written a brilliant, provocative, stimulating, and important book. It covers such a sweeping range of subjects with such confidence and critical verve that it will likely start not just one debate, but a series of debates. David A. Bell, Johns Hopkins University”