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From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present

500 Years of Western Cultural Life

From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present( )
Author: Barzun, Jacques
ISBN:978-0-06-092883-4
Publication Date:Aug 2001
Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $42.99
Book Description:

"A stunning five-century study of civilization's cultural retreat." - William Safire, New York Times

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...
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Book Details
Pages:912
Detailed Subjects: History / Civilization
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):15.24 x 20.32 x 3.701 cm
Book Weight:0.736 Kilograms
Author Biography
Barzun, Jacques (Author)
Jacques Barzun was born in Créteil, France on November 30, 1907. He came to the United States in 1920 and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1927. Following graduation, he joined Columbia's faculty as an instructor while continuing his studies in graduate school there, receiving a master's degree in 1928 and a doctorate in French history in 1932. He became a full professor in 1945, was dean of graduate faculties from 1955 to 1958, and dean of faculties from 1958 to 1967. He retired from Columbia University in 1975.

He was a historian and cultural critic. The core of his work was the importance of studying history to understand the present and a fundamental respect for intellect. Although he wrote on subjects as diverse as detective fiction and baseball, he was especially known for his many books on music, nineteenth-century romanticism and education. His works include Darwin, Marx and Wagner: Critique of a Heritage; Romanticism and the Modern Ego; The House of Intellect; Race: A Study in Superstition; Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers; A Stroll with William James; The Culture We Deserve; and From Dawn to Decadence. He died on October 25, 2012 at the age of 104.

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