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Fin de Siecle and its Legacy - Mikulas Teich

Fin de Siecle and its Legacy

By: Mikulas Teich (Editor), Roy Porter (Editor)

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Published: 11th February 1991
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For many years the term fin de siĆ cle has been used to imply a state of decadence which was thought to have pervaded 'civilised' European society in the years around 1900. This volume of essays, which draw on a very wide range of disciplines, argues that the period was in fact one of dramatic change, essentially positive and forward-looking in character. This was the period of the rise of the giant corporation, of mass production and mass consumption, and of the development of the generation and distribution of electrical energy. Novel social features such as mass politics, mass media, and mass sport involved the body of ordinary people and in the arts, complex reactions to contemporary social reality were aroused and expressed. This was also the period which gave birth to the study of quantum mechanics, relativity physics, mental processes and genetics. This volume forms part of a sequence of collections of essays which began with The Enlightenment in National Context (1981) and has continued with Romanticism in National Context (1988). They bring together comparative, national and interdisciplinary approaches to the history of great movements in the development of human thought and actions.

"Taken as a whole, these essays offer a range of insights into the recent past and, indeed, into the present." Choice

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction
A legacy of fin-de-siFcle
Fin-de-siFcle: industrial transformation
The electrical century: the beginnings of electricity supply in Austria
Heralds of modernity: cars and planes from invention to necessity
Nationalism, anti-Semitism, socialism, and political Catholicism as expressions of mass politics in the twentieth century
Mass media and culture in fin-de-siFcle Europe
Forward race and the laughter of pygmies: on Olympic sport
Photography, cinematography, and the theatre: a history of a relationship
Fin-de-siFcle painting
Personalities and principles: aspects of literature and life in fin-de-siFcle England
Heroes, meadows and machinery: fin-de-siFcle music
The transformation of physics
A feeling for the 'whole': the holistic reaction in neurology from the fin-de-siFcle to the interwar years
Biology and beauty: science and aesthetics in fin-de-siFcle Germany
The unmastered past of human genetics
Index
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ISBN: 9780521349154
ISBN-10: 052134915X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 11th February 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.44