The Idea of Decline in Western History

The Idea of Decline in Western History

Book - 1997
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From Nazism to the Sixties counter-culture, from Britain's Fabian socialists to America's 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 civilization's 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.
Publisher: New York : The Free Press, [1997]
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780684827919
Branch Call Number: 909.09912 HERMAN 1997
Characteristics: 521 pages ; 24 cm


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