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The Idea of Decline in Western History Arthur Herman

The Idea of Decline in Western History

Arthur Herman

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ISBN : 9780684827919
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521 pages
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From Nazism to the Sixties counter-culture, from Britains Fabian socialists to Americas multiculturalists, and from Dracula and Freud to Robert Bly and Madonna, this work examines the idea of decline in Western history and sets out to explain howMoreFrom Nazism to the Sixties counter-culture, from Britains Fabian socialists to Americas multiculturalists, and from Dracula and Freud to Robert Bly and Madonna, this work examines the idea of decline in Western history and sets out to explain how the conviction of civilizations inevitable end has become a fixed part of the modern Western imagination. Through a series of biographical portraits spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, the author traces the roots of declinism and aims to shows how major thinkers of the past and present, including Nietzsche, DuBois, Sartre and Foucault, have contributed to its development as a coherent ideology of cultural pessimism.