Fractured Times

Fractured Times

Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century

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Baker & Taylor
"Eric Hobsbawm, who passed away in 2012, was one of the most brilliant and original historians of our age. Through his work, he observed the great twentieth-century confrontation between bourgeois fin de siecle culture and myriad new movements and ideologies, from communism and extreme nationalism to Dadaism to the emergence of information technology. In Fractured Times, Hobsbawm, with characteristic verve, unpacks a century of cultural fragmentation. Hobsbawm examines the conditions that both created the flowering of the belle epoque and held the seeds of its disintegration: paternalistic capitalism, globalization, and the arrival of a mass consumer society. Passionate but never sentimental, he ranges freely across subjects as diverse as classical music, the fine arts, rock music, and sculpture. He records the passing of the golden age of the "free intellectual" and explores the lives of forgotten greats; analyzes the relationship between art and totalitarianism; and dissects phenomena as diverse as surrealism, art nouveau, the emancipation of women, and the myth of the American cowboy. Written with consummate imagination and skill, Fractured Times is the last book from one of our greatest modern-day thinkers."--

Perseus Publishing
Eric Hobsbawm, who passed away in 2012, was one of the most brilliant and original historians of our age. Through his work, he observed the great twentieth-century confrontation between bourgeois fin de siècle culture and myriad new movements and ideologies, from communism and extreme nationalism to Dadaism to the emergence of information technology. In Fractured Times, Hobsbawm, with characteristic verve, unpacks a century of cultural fragmentation.

Hobsbawm examines the conditions that both created the flowering of the belle époque and held the seeds of its disintegration: paternalistic capitalism, globalization, and the arrival of a mass consumer society. Passionate but never sentimental, he ranges freely across subjects as diverse as classical music, the fine arts, rock music, and sculpture. He records the passing of the golden age of the “free intellectual” and explores the lives of forgotten greats; analyzes the relationship between art and totalitarianism; and dissects phenomena as diverse as surrealism, art nouveau, the emancipation of women, and the myth of the American cowboy.

Written with consummate imagination and skill, Fractured Times is the last book from one of our greatest modern-day thinkers.



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The late nonagenarian Hobsbawn argued that bourgeois civilization and capitalist development—a minority population—were bound to knock the struts from under their own creations, when they eventually encountered the twentieth century: its revolution in science and technology, which transformed previous ways of earning a living before destroying them; mass consumerism generated by burgeoning Western economies; and the masses as voters and customers. Chapters 2 through 5 reflect on the state of the arts at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Chapters 6 through 12 examine that world, which was shaped by the nineteenth century. Chapters 13 through 20 discuss the European bourgeois civilization that never quite recovered from the First World War. Twenty-two chapters are divided into four parts: the predicament of ‘high culture’ today; the culture of the bourgeois world; uncertainties, science and religion; from art to myth. There are notes, dates and sources of original publication. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Examines the relationship between fin de siecle culture and the movements that led to its decline, discussing the impact of communism, capitalism, globalization, and mass consumerism on twentieth-century society and art.

Publisher: New York, NY :, New Press,, 2014
ISBN: 9781595589774
1595589775
Characteristics: xv, 319 pages ; 24 cm

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