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From dawn to decadence : 500 years of western cultural life : 1500 to the present

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Kirtland Community College Library CB 245 .B37 2001 30775305488133 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 0060928832
  • ISBN: 9780060928834
  • Physical Description: print
    xxii, 877 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: 1st Perennial ed.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2001.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 803-828) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: Part I. From Luther's Ninety-five Theses to Boyle's "Invisible College" -- Part II. From the Bog and Sand of Versailles to the Tennis Court -- Part III. From Faust, Part I, to the "Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2" -- Part IV. From "The Great Illusion" to "Western Civ Has Got to Go."
Summary, etc.: "Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has now set down in one continuous narrative the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since 1500. In this account, Barzun describes what Western Man wrought from the Renaisance and Reformation down to the present in the double light of its own time and our pressing concerns. He introduces characters and incidents with his unusual literary style and grace, bringing to the fore those that have 'Puritans as Democrats, ' 'The Monarch's Revolution, ' 'The Artist Prophet and Jester'--show the recurrent role of great themes throughout the eras. The triumphs and defeats of five hundred years form an inspiring saga that modifies the current impression of one long tale of oppression by white European males. Women and their deeds are prominent, and freedom (even in sexual matters) is not an invention of the last decades. And when Barzun rates the present not as a culmination but a decline, he is in no way a prophet of doom. Instead, he shows decadence as the creative novelty that will burst forth, tomorrow or the next day. Only after a lifetime of separate studies covering a broad territory could a writer create with such ease the synthesis displayed in this magnificent volume"
Subject: Civilization, Western
Europe Intellectual life
Europe Civilization
Learning and scholarship History
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