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From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present
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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 1500.

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.

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Jacques Barzun. (2001). From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Jacques Barzun. 2001. From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present. Blackstone Publishing.

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        Now 92, Barzun, the renowned cultural critic, historian and former Columbia provost and professor, offers much more than a summation of his life's work in this profound, eloquent, often witty historical survey. A book of enormous riches, it's sprinkled with provocations. For example, Barzun contradicts Max Weber, arguing that the Protestant Reformation did not galvanize the capitalist spirit. With feminist ardor, he depicts the 16th century as molded and directed by women "as brilliant as the men, and sometimes more powerful" (e.g., Queens Elizabeth and Isabella). His eclectic synthesis is organized around a dozen or so themes--including emancipation, abstraction and individualism--that in his judgment define the modern era. Barzun keeps up the momentum with scores of snappy profiles, including of Luther, Erasmus, Cromwell, Mozart, Rousseau and Byron, as well as of numerous unsung figures such as German educator Friedrich Froebel, inventor of kindergarten, and turn-of-the-century American pioneer ecologist George Marsh. Other devices help make this tome user-friendly--the margins are chock-full of quotes, while vignettes of Venice in 1650, Weimar in 1790 and Chicago in 1895 give a taste of the zeitgeist. In Barzun's glum estimate, the late 20th century has brought decadence into full bloom--separatism in all forms, apathetic electorates, amoral art that embraces filth or mere shock value, the decline of the humanities, the mechanization of life--but he remains hopeful that humanity will find its way again. This is a book to be reckoned with. First serial to American Scholar; BOMC selection.

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      • content: Literary critic Jacques Barzun ought to know the twentieth century; he lived through most of it. In these selections from his brilliant book covering "500 Years of Western Cultural Life," he analyzes and critiques artistic, philosophical, political, and literary trends beginning in 1885 and continuing to 2000. As he deconstructs everything from cubism to cyberculture, Marxism, modernism, and even deconstructionism, listeners may find themselves frequently hitting rewind to catch the minutiae of Barzun's insights. Edward Herrmann gives clarity and just the right degree of erudition to this witty, well-written summary of a century. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine
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