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Emotions history has become a significant subfield in the discipline and also offers abundant opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion about change and continuity in emotional standards and experience. To facilitate wider discussion, this article urges more attention to key periods of emotional change. The impact of the Enlightenment and pre-Romanticism eras certainly highlights the later 18th and early 19th centuries, but a significant cluster of changes also emerge in the early 20th century and, some would argue, again today, particularly with regard to the impact of social media. Periodisation discussions encourage a more systematic approach to emotions history and may facilitate dialogue with other emotions disciplines.

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This article highlights the concept of emotion regime while discussing available applications. It then applies the regime concept to two distinct periods in 20th-century US history: the first, from early in the century through the 1950s, stressing emotional restraint, and the more recent opening to more vigorous emotional expression. The article ends with a discussion of the causes and significance of the change.

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