- Gebundene Ausgabe: 488 Seiten
- Verlag: Basic Books; Auflage: 1 (21. Oktober 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0465011160
- ISBN-13: 978-0465011162
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 13 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 3,2 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 501.882 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Vertigo Years: Europe, 1900-1914 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 21. Oktober 2008
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“The vertiginous atmosphere of a tumbling prewar society - at the same time exciting and frightening - is described with atmospheric clarity. The combination of easily worn scholarship, fascinating character studies and fluent story-telling that is often very funny makes this a hugely enjoyable and illuminating book….A work of narrative history at its best.”
“Impressive and thought-provoking....encapsulate[s] complex historical and biographical events pithily and in an illuminating context…The book brings the fears, enthusiasms and blindspots of the period brilliantly to life.”
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“In this enthralling, panoramic sweep of the 15 years preceding the First World War, Blom convincingly argues that it was this decade and a half that truly marked the start of the modern age, with all its grandeur and calamities…. With his impressive synthesis of historical literature, old and recent, and his finely drawn portraits of both emperors and workers, Blom's Vertigo Years will surely enlighten and interest another generation of readers in an era far in the past, yet worth understanding all the same.”
Europe, 1900-1914: a world adrift, a pulsating era of creativity and contradictions. The major topics of the day: terrorism, globalization, immigration, consumerism, the collapse of moral values, and the rivalry of superpowers. The twentieth century was not born in the trenches of the Somme or Passchendaele-but rather in the fifteen vertiginous years preceding World War I. In this short span of time, a new world order was emerging in ultimately tragic contradiction to the old. These were the years in which the political and personal repercussions of the Industrial Revolution were felt worldwide: Cities grew like never before as people fled the countryside and their traditional identities; science created new possibilities as well as nightmares; education changed the outlook of millions of people; mass-produced items transformed daily life; industrial laborers demanded a share of political power; and women sought to change their place in society-as well as the very fabric of sexual relations.From the tremendous hope for a new century embodied in the 1900 Worlds Fair in Paris to the shattering assassination of a Habsburg archduke in Sarajevo in 1914, historian Philipp Blom chronicles this extraordinary epoch year by year. Prime Ministers and peasants, anarchists and actresses, scientists and psychopaths intermingle on the stage of a new century in this portrait of an opulent, unstable age on the brink of disaster. Beautifully written and replete with deftly told anecdotes, The Vertigo Years brings the wonders, horrors, and fears of the early twentieth century vividly to life. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Viele der Phänomene, die in den 20er bis 40er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts scheinbar plötzlich ausbrachen, haben ihre Wurzeln schon viel früher.
Ein sehr gutes und interessantes Buch.
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The book is organized into a rough chronological order which begins with and 1900 and progresses through 1914. But Blom is much too clever to get trapped into such an uninspired method. Rather he uses each year as a means of introducing a theme which he wishes to pursue for the entire period. He observes that not only were the traditional social hierarchies disappearing, but so were the social orders on which they were based. At the same time technological advances were being made at exponential rates. The old anchors were being lost and new ones were not yet in place. It was an age of uncertainty and confusion.
In this atmosphere of apprehension Blom notes that two sinister trends came to the fore: Anti-Semitism which appears to always be just beneath the surface of any European society became much more popular, in spite of or because of the Dreyfus affair. And racism in the form Eugenics became immensely popular. With racism came such absurdities as conflating nationality and religion with race, and imagining the mental defectiveness of `inferior' races. Had these trends been destroyed with so much else of this period by WWI, they could have been forgotten. Unfortunately they survived and became the basis for worst excesses of Nazi Germany.
This book offers a uniquely well informed analysis of the toll that massive technological innovation coupled with a rapidly changing social structure can have on a society. It puts the awfulness of WWI and its aftermath in its proper context.
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