The Idea of Decline in Western History

The Idea of Decline in Western History

by Arthur Herman
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The Idea of Decline in Western History by Arthur Herman

Historian Arthur Herman traces the roots of declinism and shows how major thinkers, past and present, have contributed to its development as a coherent ideology of cultural pessimism.

From Nazism to the Sixties counterculture, 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 show 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781451603132
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 630,676
File size: 2 MB

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The Idea of Decline in Western History 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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i found spengler's analysis highly intresting and informative.however it dwells deeply on american history at large.it would have been more facsinating study if there were perspectives from oriental cultures and religions.the observations are profoud ,philosophic and prophetic.