A Cultural History of the Modern Age: v. 1 Renaissance and Reformation

A Cultural History of the Modern Age: v. 1 Renaissance and Reformation

By: Egon Friedell (author), Allan Janik (contributor)Paperback

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Historian, philosopher, critic, playwright, journalist, and actor, Egon Friedell (was a key figure in the extraordinary flowering of Viennese culture between the two world wars. His masterpiece, "A Cultural History of the Modern Age", demonstrates the intellectual universality that Friedell saw as guarantor of the continuity and regeneration of European civilization.Following a brilliant opening essay on cultural history and why it should be studied, the first volume begins with an analysis of the transformation of the Medieval mind as it evolved from the Black Death to the Thirty Years War. The emphasis is on the spiritual and cultural vortex of civilization, but Friedell never forgets the European roots in pestilence, death, and superstition that animate a contrary drive toward reason, refinement, intellectual curiosity, and scientific knowledge. While these values reached their apogee during the Renaissance, Friedell shows that each cultural victory is precarious, and Europe was always in danger of slipping back into barbarism. Friedell's historical vision embraces the whole of Western culture and its development.It is a consistent probing for the divine in the world's course and is, therefore, theology; it is research into the basic forces of the human soul and is, therefore, psychology; it is the most illuminating presentation of the forms of state and society and, therefore, is politics; the most varied collection of all art-creations and is, therefore, aesthetics. Thomas Mann regarded Friedell as one of the great stylists in the German language. Like the works of the great novelist "A Cultural History of the Modern Age offers a dramatic history of the last six centuries, showing the driving forces of each age. The new introduction provides a fascinating biographical sketch of Friedell and his cultural milieu and analyzes his place in intellectual history.

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Egon Friedell (1878-1938) was a prominent Austrian philosopher, historian, journalist, actor cabaret performer and theater critic. He committed suicide on March 16, 1938 rather than be arrested by Nazi SA officials. He is the author of many books, including From Dante to d'Annunzio, The Cultural History of Egypt's Land of the Ancient Orient, The Judas Tragedy, and Quarry: Miscellaneous Opinions and Quotations. Allan Janik is professor of cultural history and philosophy at the University of Vienna and research fellow of the Brenner Archives of the University of Innsbruck.

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  • publication date: 15/07/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781412807494
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 388
  • ID: 9781412807494
  • weight: 568
  • ISBN10: 1412807492

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