By Egon Friedell
Volume 3 of A Cultural historical past of the trendy Age finishes a trip that starts with Descartes within the first quantity and ends with Freud and the psychoanalytical move within the 3rd quantity. Friedell describes the contents of those books as a chain of performances, beginning with the delivery of the guy of the trendy Age, by means of flowering of this epoch, and concludes with the demise of the trendy Age.
This large panorama presents an intertwining of the cloth and the cultural, the civil and the army, from the excessive issues of artistic flowering in Europe to dying and vacancy. the subjects show a number of messages: romanticism and liberalism opens the cultural scene, encased in a flow from The Congress of Vienna and its claims of peaceable co-existence to the Franco-German struggle. the ultimate section covers the interval from Bismarck's new release to international struggle I. In every one example, the quotidian lifetime of fight, racial, spiritual, and social category is noticeable during the lens of the potent figures of the period.
The works of the period's nice figures are proven within the new gentle of the human look for symbolism, the hunt for superman, the increase of individualism and decline of historical past as a resource for wisdom. This 3rd quantity is painted in darkish shades, a foreboding of the area that was once to come back, of political extremes, and highbrow exaggerations. the writer appears to be like ahead to a postmodern Europe during which there's a faint glean of sunshine from the opposite part. What truly seemed was once the glare of Nazism and Communism, each one claiming the future.
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A Cultural History of the Modern Age: The Crisis of the European Soul: 3 by Egon Friedell