A Cultural History of the Modern Age: Volume 2, Baroque, by Egon Friedell

By Egon Friedell

This is the second one quantity of Friedell's enormous A Cultural historical past of the trendy Age. A key determine within the flowering of Viennese tradition among the 2 global wars, this 3 quantity paintings is taken into account his masterpiece. The centuries coated during this moment quantity mark the victory of the scientifi c brain: in nature-research, language-research, politics, economics, conflict, even morality, poetry, and faith. All platforms of idea produced during this century, both commence with the scientifi c outlook as their beginning or regard it as their maximum and fi nal goal.

Friedell claims 3 major streams pervade the eighteenth century: Enlightenment, Revolution, and Classicism. In traditional use, through "Enlightenment" we suggest an severe rationalistic tendency of which initial phases have been famous within the 17th century. Th e time period "Classicism", is definitely understood.

Under the time period "Revolution" Friedell comprises all hobbies directed opposed to what has been dominant and conventional. Th e goals of such activities have been home improvement the kingdom and society, banning all esthetic canons, and dethronement of cause through sentiment, all within the identify of the "Return to Nature." Th e Enlightenment tendency could be obvious as laying the floor for an age of revolution. Th is moment quantity maintains Friedell's dramatic historical past of the riding forces of the 20 th century.

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