Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century

Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century

by Eric Hobsbawm


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595589774
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria in 1917 and educated in Austria, Germany, and England. He taught at Birkbeck College, University of London, and then at the New School for Social Research in New York. In addition to The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire, and The Age of Extremes, his books include Bandits; Revolutionaries; Uncommon People; and his memoir, Interesting Times. Eric Hobsbawm died in 2012.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Preface ix

1 Manifestos 1

Part I The Predicament of 'High Culture' Today

2 Where Are the Arts Going? 9

3 A Century of Cultural Symbiosis? 20

4 Why Hold Festivals in the Twenty-First Century? 34

5 Politics and Culture in the New Century 43

Part II The Culture of the Bourgeois World

6 Enlightenment and Achievement: The Emancipation of Jewish Talent since 1800 61

7 The Jews and Germany 77

8 Mitteleuropean Destinies 84

9 Culture and Gender in European Bourgeois Society 1870-1914 96

10 Art Nouveau 116

11 The Last Days of Mankind 130

12 Heritage 143

Part III Uncertainties, Science, Religion

13 Worrying About the Future 159

14 Science: Social Function and World Change 169

15 Mandarin in a Phrygian Cap: Joseph Needham 184

16 The Intellectuals: Role, Function and Paradox 194

17 The Prospect of Public Religion 204

18 Art and Revolution 224

19 Art and Power 230

20 The Avant-Garde Fails 241

Part IV From Art to Myth

21 Pop Goes the Artist: Our Exploding Culture 261

22 The American Cowboy: An International Myth? 272

Notes 291

Dates and Sources of Original Publication 301

Index 304

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