A Cultural History of the Modern Age, Volume 2

A Cultural History of the Modern Age, Volume 2

Egon Friedell


A Cultural background of the fashionable Age: Baroque, Rococo and Enlightenment

This is the second one quantity of Friedell's huge A Cultural background of the fashionable Age. A key determine within the flowering of Viennese tradition among the 2 international 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, struggle, even morality, poetry, and faith. All structures of proposal produced during this century, both start with the scientifi c outlook as their starting place or regard it as their optimum 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 easily understood.

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

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