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The Vertigo Years

Change And Culture In The West, 1900-1914

Auteur: Philipp Blom
  • Engelstalig
  • Paperback
  • 9780753825983
  • september 2009
  • 480 pagina's
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Philipp Blom

Philipp Blom (born 1970) is a historian, novelist, journalist and translator. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, grew up in Detmold, and studied in Vienna and Oxford. He holds a DPhil in Modern History from Oxford University. After living and working in London, Paris and Vienna he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Veronica Buckley.

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Europe, early in the twentieth century: a world adrift, a pulsating era of creativity and contradictions. But did this era vanish in the trenches of the Somme, of Ypres, and of Passchendaele? Look closer and the more this world seems like ours: feminism, democratisation, commercial branding, genetics, consumerism and racism, radioactivity and psychoanalysis are all terms first used during this period. This was a time in which old certainties broke down and many people lost their bearings. At the heart of this vibrant Europe, was a contradiction that would cause its collapse: the new, modern world of mass production, urban life, technological warfare and a rapidly growing working class that was still ruled by men who preferred the image of dashing cavalry officers to the prosaic slaughter of the machine gun, and national mythology to political cohesion and democracy. The eventual scope of the catastrophe often obscures the fact that the great cultural divide in Europe's history lies before 1914. This book brings to life the immediacy of the lives and issues of this fascinating and flawed period.

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an ambitious book - a one-volume assessment of the gravity-eroding, giddying sweep of European cultural, social, political and spiritual change that permeated the first 15 years of teh 2oth century. But Philipp Blom has pulled it off triumphantly... a work of narrative history at its best. -- JULIET NICOLSON THE GUARDIAN a stimulating and original insight into an all-too-familiar period. vivid... illuminating... -- PIERS BRENDON THE SUNDAY TIMES 'An account of the fourteen years preceding the First World War, which saw the rise of a new world order, revealing the extent to which the twentieth century was essentially framed before the First World War.' HISTORY TODAY This is a hugely rich field and the book is full of good things. THE LITERARY REVIEW In this masterful presentation, the time in question is so richly laced with scientific bedazzlement, social ferment and cultural churning that a sense of giddying misadventure begins to feel strangely familiar. KIRKUS REVIEW

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Paperback
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september 2009
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480 pagina's
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