Freedom in the modern world [by] Herbert J. Muller.


[1st ed.].. New York, Harper and Row [1966] .

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Subjects Civilisation moderne et contemporaine.
Civilization, Modern.
Freiheit.
LiberteĢ
Liberty.
Vrijheid.
Description xv, 559 pages 25 cm.
Copyright Date [1966]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 544-548).
Also issued online.
Summary After discussing the forces that led inexorably to WWI and its aftermath, most tragically manifested in the rise of totalitarianism, the author moves on to analyze the impact of Western thought on the non-Western world. He concludes among other things, that in no society has the freedom to choose and to act on one's choice guaranteed that the choice will be the right one. He concentrates on those major developments which have affected our civilization in its entirety. The Industrial Revolution, the rise of capitalism, the movements toward popular government, socialism and nationalism are considered as they interacted with the revolutions in science, literature, the arts and education. In the same way, the diffuse Romantic Movement, the rise of popular culture, the unprecedented advances in physics, medicine and the social sciences are examined in the context of simultaneous political and economic ferment.
Contents Prelude : the romantic movement. Theme ; Variations -- The industrial revolution. The economic factor in history ; Technology and the machine ; The rise of capitalism ; The social and cultural consequences -- The political revolutions. The dissonant themes ; Democracy in America ; Democracy in Britain ; Revolutions on the continent ; The rise of socialism ; The growth of nationalism ; The new imperialism -- Revolutions in thought and culture. The role of the intelligentsia ; Science ; History ; Philosophy ; Literature ; Religion ; The fine arts ; Education ; Popular culture -- World War I. The coming of the war ; The conduct of the war ; The Treaty of Versailles -- The aftermath of the war. The immediate political consequences ; The economic developments ; The social and cultural consequences -- The rise of totalitarianism. The historic sources ; The varieties of fascism ; The rise of communism -- The impact of the non-Western world. The resurgence of the East ; Japan ; The Middle East ; India ; China ; Postscript : Latin America -- Epilogue : World War II and its aftermath.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)288924
(OCoLC)ocm00288924
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WorldCat Identities Muller, Herbert J. 1905-1980.
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