Author: Eric Hobsbawn
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9781408704288
Eric Hobsbawm, one of the most brilliant and original historians of our age, was born almost one hundred years ago and grew up in Vienna and Berlin. His early life placed him perfectly to observe the forthcoming era of titanic social and artistic change.
As the twentieth century wore on, bourgeois fin de siècle culture was forcefully confronted by 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, unpicks a century of such 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 his subject: records the passing of the golden age of the 'free intellectual' and explores the lives of forgotten greats; analyses the relationship between art and totalitarianism and dissects phenomena as diverse as surrealism, the emancipation of women and the American cowboy myth.
Written with consummate imagination and skill, Fractured Times is the last book from one of our greatest modern-day thinkers.
'Arguably Britain's most respected historian of any kind, one of a tiny handful of historians of any era to enjoy genuine national and world renown . . . Both in his knowledge of detail and in his extraordinary powers of synthesis, he was unrivalled'
'One of the greatest British historians of his age . . . For sheer intellectual firepower and analytical skill, Hobsbawm remained unsurpassed'
= Daily Telegraph
'A magisterial historian of the modern age . . . Eric Hobsbawm pioneered the study of popular protest, riot and revolt, and his writings were as important to social scientists as to historians'
= The Times
Part I: The Predicament of ‘High Culture’ Today
2. Where Are the Arts Going?
3. A Century of Cultural Symbiosis?
4. Why Hold Festivals in the Twenty-First Century?
5. Politics and Culture in the New Century
Part II: The Culture of the Bourgeois World
6. Enlightenment and Achievement: The Emancipation of Jewish Talent since 1800
7. The Jews and Germany
8. Mitteleuropean Destinies
9. Culture and Gender in European Bourgeois Society 1870-1914
10. Art Nouveau
11. The Last Days of Mankind
Part III: Uncertainties, Science, Religion
13. Worrying About the Future
14. Science: Social Function and World Change
15. Mandarin in a Phrygian Cap: Joseph Needham
16. The Intellectuals: Role, Function and Paradox
17. The Prospect of Public Religion
18. Art and Revolution
19. Art and Power
20. The Avant-Garde Fails
Part IV: From Art to Myth
21. Pop Goes the Artist: Our Exploding Culture
22. The American Cowboy: An International Myth?
Dates and Sources of Original Publication