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From Dawn to Decadence: years of western cultural life: to the present by DAISY for print-disabled Download ebook for print-disabled (DAISY). Drawing on a lifetime of studies across a broad territory, highly regarded cultural historian and critic Jacques Barzun here synthesizes the sum of his discoveries. Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has now set down in.


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The product of the author's lifetime, this powerful narrative, insterrsperses the author's analysis of wars, philosophy, science, manners, sex, religion, morals, art, . FROM DAWN TO. DECADENCE. Years of Western. Cultural Life. to the Present. JACQUES BARZUN. Ha. HarperCollins/^/zs/rers. pocboarentivi.gq: From Dawn to Decadence: to the Present: Years of Western Cultural Life (): Jacques Barzun: Books.

In assessing the French revolution, Jacques Barzun describes it as an upheaval that occurred "not so very long ago".

For Barzun, who was born in France in and whose education was supervised by a great-grandmother born in the year of the final fall of the Bourbons, it is precisely that - an event of recent vintage - and it is one of the virtues of his vast, synoptic book that he makes the history of the past years vivid and urgent.

For a generation for whom history largely comprises BBC2 theme nights on the s and s, it is a salutary lesson. Barzun's book, written in a light, lucid, epigrammatic style, reads like a set of notes drawn from a lifetime's contemplation of the route by which the US and Europe arrived at Eminem, George W Bush and the Millennium Dome.

500 Years of Western Cultural Life

He offers a history of ideas, not a historical narrative; it is an interpretation, not a description, of what happened, which is why he gives parenthetical suggestions of other books to browse.

Barzun moved to the US in and, based at Columbia University, became one of its starriest and most combative academics, using his elegant pen in books such as The House of Intellect and Darwin Marx Wagner to oppose premature academic specialisation and defend the place of the humanities.

He has been an emeritus professor since , suggesting the need for some enhanced term of venerability. This book concludes his lifelong quest to relate historical events to cultural expression, and to understand the process of change.

His question is nothing less than that which Tolstoy poses at the end of War and Peace: Barzun arranges his answer by period. From to it was religion: From to it was the pursuit of political freedom and individual rights, culminating in the French Revolution.

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From to it was the search for social and economic equality, exploding in the Russian Revolution. In the past century, it has been an uneasy amalgam of all three.

Now, if his bleakest pronouncements are to be taken at face value, it is nothing at all: Entropy has replaced ideology.

The story starts with Luther because the religious revolution he began lit the fires of individualism that burned ever more brightly thereafter.

Barzun sees the religious, monarchical, liberal and collectivist revolutions as a chain reaction triggered by increasing demands for individual rights.

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Drawing on a lifetime of studies across a broad territory, highly regarded cultural historian and critic Jacques Barzun here synthesizes the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since The triumphs and defeats of five hundred years form an inspiring saga which modifies the current impression of Western history as one long tale of oppression by white European males. Women and their deeds are prominent, and freedom even in sexual matters is not an invention of the last decades.

And when Barzun rates the present not as a culmination of history, but as a decline, he is in no way a prophet of doom.

Instead, he shows that decadence is the normal close to a great period, and a necessary condition of the creative novelty that will burst forth—tomorrow, or the next day. History Nonfiction Publication Details Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Imprint: Blackstone Audio, Inc.The story starts with Luther because the religious revolution he began lit the fires of individualism that burned ever more brightly thereafter.

He shows his age in only one respect: like his fellow academic luminary Harold Bloom, he is anxious to judge, to draw moral lessons from the lives of figures such as Cromwell and Louis XIV.

From Dawn to Decadence: Similarly, greatness in art, itself a mutable designation, is determined by later generations. After graduating from Columbia College, he joined the faculty of the university, becoming Seth Low Professor of History and, for a decade, dean of faculties and p Blackstone Audio, Inc. In the 16C revolution only the westernmost part of that peninsula was affected: from Germany, Poland, Austria, and Italy to the Atlantic Ocean.

For Barzun, who was born in France in and whose education was supervised by a great-grandmother born in the year of the final fall of the Bourbons, it is precisely that - an event of recent vintage - and it is one of the virtues of his vast, synoptic book that he makes the history of the past years vivid and urgent.