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  • ISBN: 0060175869
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  • Author: Jacques Barzun
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (May 2000)
  • Pages: 877 pages
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From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present. He introduces characters and incidents with his unusual literary style and grace, bringing to the fore those that have "Puritans as Democrats," "The Monarch's Revolution," "The Artist Prophet and Jester" - show the recurrent role of great themes throughout the eras.

And when Barzun rates the present not as a culmination but a decline, he is in no way a prophet of doom. Instead, he shows decadence as the creative novelty that will burst forth – tomorrow or the next da. nly after a lifetime of separate studies covering a broad territory could a writer create with such ease the synthesis displayed in this magnificent volume.

Jacques Barzun’s summa is the work of a very great historian and of a seer. The phrase from the Bible is apposite: ‘The hearing ear, and the seeing eye’ is his great gift-and a gift to his readers. John Lukacs, author of Five Days in London). Born in France in 1907, Jacques Barzun came to the United States in 1920. The author of some thirty books, including the New York Times bestseller From Dawn to Decadence, he received the Gold Medal for Criticism from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, of which he was twice president.

Author: Barzun, Jacques. Shelf: 940/2/BAR/2001. I Am Designing My Own Bag (Ages 6-12 Years Old).

From dawn to decadence : 500 years of Western cultural life : 1500 to the present, Jacques Barzun. Title: From dawn to decadence : 500 years of Western cultural life : 1500 to the present, Jacques Barzun. Author: Barzun, Jacques.

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Here are some books on western civilisation that I've been lucky enough to discover, and that I would recommend to anyone interested -. 101 ответ 335 ретвитов 1 416 отметок Нравится. That book is laudable in regard to its scholarship but also because Barzun, a longtime figure in cultural analysis, was 93 when it was first published in 2001; a testament to a scholar's ability to produce a significant work very late in life. 0 ответов 0 ретвитов 0 отметок Нравится.

He introduces characters and incidents with his unusual literary style and grace, bringing to the fore those that have "Puritans as Democrats," "The Monarch's Revolution," "The Artist Prophet and Jester" - show the recurrent role of great themes throughout the eras. The triumphs and defeats of five hundred years form an inspiring saga that modifies the current impression of one long.

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500 Years of Western Cultural Life. Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has set down in one continuous narrative the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since 1500. Barzun describes what Western Man wrought from the Renaissance and Reformation down to the present in the double light of its own time and our pressing concerns. He introduces characters and incidents with his unusual literary style and grace, bringing to the fore those that have been forgotten or obscured.

Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has now set down in one continuous narrative the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since 1500.

In this account, Barzun describes what Western Man wrought from the Renaisance and Reformation down to the present in the double light of its own time and our pressing concerns. He introduces characters and incidents with his unusual literary style and grace, bringing to the fore those that have "Puritans as Democrats," "The Monarch's Revolution," "The Artist Prophet and Jester"--show the recurrent role of great themes throughout the eras.

The triumphs and defeats of five hundred years form an inspiring saga that modifies the current impression of one long tale of oppression by white European males. Women and their deeds are prominent, and freedom (even in sexual matters) is not an invention of the last decades. And when Barzun rates the present not as a culmination but a decline, he is in no way a prophet of doom. Instead, he shows decadence as the creative novelty that will burst forth--tomorrow or the next day.

Only after a lifetime of separate studies covering a broad territory could a writer create with such ease the synthesis displayed in this magnificent volume.


Reviews about From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life (7):
Hiylchis
This is an amazing book. I don’t know how it isn’t required reading in every American school. It exceeds any expectation, unless you’re expecting it to be anything less than stellar. In that case, prepare to be disappointed.

Barzun crafts such a web of change and continuity, and weaves in the themes he perceives throughout the era, such as INDIVIDUALISM, ANALYSIS, PRIMITIVISM. For any Christian wanting to engage the Western canon and culture, or for anyone at all wishing to do the same, this is a good start. Five stars. Well done, Mr. Barzun.

P.S. My book was used, had a minute amount of wear and tear, as well as what looked like a strange drop of metal, with a gold coloring, that I couldn’t pick at or pick it off. If anyone knows if this was perhaps a promotional or rare thing, and not just a product of the book’s last owner, I’d live to know!
Dondallon
This is obviously a rather long book, as one of the other reviewers noted. Still, it packs more information and reflection into its pages than any other work I can recall. One of the nicest attributes is that one can pick it up at any time or place and read 10 or 20 pages with real profit. It is an education for all ages and levels of schooling and reveals many of the treasures that were lost with the demise of Western Civ courses. Prof. Barzun does something only a few writers accomplish: he makes the great minds of our tradition (and he probably qualifies for this group as well) seem like friends and acquaintances (sometimes not good ones). This is a book that makes the reader a better and more accomplished person for the effort...
Vertokini
There have been many caustic comments about Barzun's seeming artistic and political conservatism. I don't see that and I am politically quite progressive.One thing he is doing, regarding the arts (one area discussed) is a call for standards- craft- not slovenliness and a return from the destruction of the anti-art of Dada and Du Champ.

A totally remarkable book, written by an erudite, educated man conversant with science, politics, philosophy, music and art. This book covers an arc from 1500 and Martin Luther to fin-de -siecle of the 20th century. It is attempt to answer the question- why we have the art culture and politics of each age and whether we are in decline.

It is a surprising page turner, and witty. Don't be afraid of the 800 pages- you will regret it's ending.

Most contemporary artists consider any criticism as reactionary and bourgeois- they reserve the right to shock, use any detritus as art and deface wall without boundaries. He explains that unfortunate trajectory with the onset of Dadaism and the destructive impulses born of World war One. Why one feel that graffiti must be "the peoples art- must they have something so cheap, so easily done with spray cans?

I don't agree with everything he says- but the book is an education. I recommend it to any artist at sea regarding his work ( most of us). It helps explains why beauty is in the dustbin.
Hamrl
This book is one of the Greatest written in modern times. As one of the reviews says, it is already a classic, as it came off the presses. The author remembered hearing the artillery off in the distance while a child in France; he died in Texas a bit over one hundred years of age. He said for anyone to truly understand America, they should understand Base Ball. If half the people that claim to be college educated read it, maybe we - as Modern Westerners - would not be slouching so rapidly towards the decadence referenced in the title. Oh, well ...... Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. What a great book this is. Thanks.
Celore
This book is a masterpiece of rational thinking and research. As a 72 year old retired NCO and Vietnam War Vet the book touched a lot of sore spots
Blacknight
OK, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. But certainly one of the top ten history books ever written. Barzun is a genius, and this book is his magnum opus, encapsulating in the neighborhood of 70 years of teaching and writing experience by one of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th century. How do you cram 500 years into 800 pages and make it interesting? It's not an easy or a quick read (mostly, for me, because I had to stop every couple of pages and spend half the afternoon looking stuff up on Wiki), but it's no exaggeration to say he's the most learned scholar I've ever read. Just ridiculous how smart and well-read this man was (he just passed away in Oct 2012, at 104). Some will say he spent too much time on this, or too little time on that, or that he doesn't kowtow to the establishment enough. He was his own man, and practically invented cultural history, so he's not easily or lightly dismissed. His authority speaks volumes. He was French, and was a Romantic scholar, being credited for (among very many other things) the revival of Berlioz; distrusted rigid thought, in education, science, politics, etc; and clearly thought that the West had cannibalised itself with revolution turning into nihilism. He was, however, in the end very much an optimist about people. Get yourself a hardback copy; this one is going to be on your shelf for a long time.
Xanzay
An extraordinary comprehensive history of Western Civilization from the breaking out of the European cocoon to approximately the day before yesterday. This is a cultural/intellectual history, not a political history. If you want to know why Wellington had to wait so long for Blucher, then look elsewhere. Barzun's outlook is more Francophone than what conventionally passes my desk. Not a negative nor a positive -- just a difference: viva, etc.

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