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The idea of decline in Western history, Arthur Herman

Label
The idea of decline in Western history
Title
The idea of decline in Western history
Statement of responsibility
Arthur Herman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • From Nazism to the sixties counterculture, from Britain's Fabian Socialists to America's multiculturalists, from Dracula and Freud to Robert Bly and Madonna, historian Arthur Herman examines the idea of decline in Western history and explains how the conviction of civilization's inevitable end has become a fixed part of the modern Western imagination. In a series of masterful biographical sketches, Herman examines the ideas of those who came to reject civilization as a
  • Doomed enterprise, including Arthur de Gobineau, the aristocratic founder of modern race theory; Friedrich Nietzsche, whose vitalist philosophy of irrationalism inclined a generation toward fascism and Nazism; and W.E.B. Du Bois, whose hostile view of the West would profoundly influence African-American thinking and multiculturalism. Ultimately, Herman shows how two of the most important issues facing contemporary America - race and the fate of the environment - have
  • Been shaped and distorted by the assumptions of cultural pessimism. From the Aryan Nation and Afrocentrism to the Unabomber, the myth of Western decline continues to exercise a pervasive influence. In many ways, Herman suggests, today's culture wars are ultimately a struggle between those who still recognize the importance of civilized and humanist values and those who do not
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Herman, Arthur
Index
index present
LC call number
CB245
LC item number
.H429 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Civilization, Western
  • Regression (Civilization)
Label
The idea of decline in Western history, Arthur Herman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 476-497) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Progress, Decline, and Decadence -- 2. Afloat on the Wreckage: Arthur de Gobineau and Racial Pessimism -- 3. Historical and Cultural Pessimism: Jacob Burckhardt and Friedrich Nietzsche -- 4. Degeneration: Liberalism's Doom -- 5. Gilded Age Apocalypse: Henry and Brooks Adams -- 6. Black Over White: W.E.B. Du Bois -- 7. The Closing of the German Mind: Oswald Spengler and The Decline of the West -- 8. Welcoming Defeat: Arnold Toynbee -- 9. The Critical Personality: The Frankfurt School and Herbert Marcuse -- 10. The Modern French Prophets: Sartre, Foucault, Fanon -- 11. The Multiculturalist Impulse -- 12. Eco-Pessimism: The Final Curtain
Control code
35318248
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
521 pages
Isbn
9780684827919
Lccn
96036285
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The idea of decline in Western history, Arthur Herman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 476-497) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Progress, Decline, and Decadence -- 2. Afloat on the Wreckage: Arthur de Gobineau and Racial Pessimism -- 3. Historical and Cultural Pessimism: Jacob Burckhardt and Friedrich Nietzsche -- 4. Degeneration: Liberalism's Doom -- 5. Gilded Age Apocalypse: Henry and Brooks Adams -- 6. Black Over White: W.E.B. Du Bois -- 7. The Closing of the German Mind: Oswald Spengler and The Decline of the West -- 8. Welcoming Defeat: Arnold Toynbee -- 9. The Critical Personality: The Frankfurt School and Herbert Marcuse -- 10. The Modern French Prophets: Sartre, Foucault, Fanon -- 11. The Multiculturalist Impulse -- 12. Eco-Pessimism: The Final Curtain
Control code
35318248
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
521 pages
Isbn
9780684827919
Lccn
96036285
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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