By Egon Friedell
Volume 3 of A Cultural heritage of the trendy Age finishes a trip that starts off with Descartes within the first quantity and ends with Freud and the psychoanalytical circulation within the 3rd quantity. Friedell describes the contents of those books as a chain of performances, beginning with the delivery of the fellow of the trendy Age, via flowering of this epoch, and concludes with the dying of the trendy Age.
This large panorama offers an intertwining of the cloth and the cultural, the civil and the army, from the excessive issues of inventive flowering in Europe to demise and vacancy. the topics show a number of messages: romanticism and liberalism opens the cultural scene, encased in a stream from The Congress of Vienna and its claims of peaceable co-existence to the Franco-German struggle. the ultimate section covers the interval from Bismarck's iteration to international conflict I. In each one example, the quotidian lifetime of fight, racial, non secular, and social classification is obvious in the course of the lens of the amazing figures of the period.
The works of the period's nice figures are proven within the new gentle of the human look for symbolism, the quest for superman, the increase of individualism and decline of heritage as a resource for wisdom. This 3rd quantity is painted in darkish colours, a foreboding of the realm that used to be to return, of political extremes, and highbrow exaggerations. the writer seems to be ahead to a postmodern Europe within which there's a faint glean of sunshine from the opposite part. What really seemed used to be the glare of Nazism and Communism, each one claiming the future.
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