Fin de Siècle and Its Legacy

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Mikulas Teich, Roy Porter, Former Professor of the Social History of Medicine Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine Roy Porter
Cambridge University Press, 13.12.1990 - 345 Seiten
For many years the term fin de siècle has been used to imply a state of decadence which was thought to have pervaded 'civilised' European society in the years around 1900. This volume of essays, which draw on a very wide range of disciplines, argues that the period was in fact one of dramatic change, essentially positive and forward-looking in character. This was the period of the rise of the giant corporation, of mass production and mass consumption, and of the development of the generation and distribution of electrical energy. Novel social features such as mass politics, mass media, and mass sport involved the body of ordinary people and in the arts, complex reactions to contemporary social reality were aroused and expressed. This was also the period which gave birth to the study of quantum mechanics, relativity physics, mental processes and genetics. This volume forms part of a sequence of collections of essays which began with The Enlightenment in National Context (1981) and has continued with Romanticism in National Context (1988). They bring together comparative, national and interdisciplinary approaches to the history of great movements in the development of human thought and actions.
 

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A LEGACY OF FINDESIÈCLE CAPITALISM THE GIANT COMPANY
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FIN DE SIÈCLE INDUSTRIAL TRANSFORMATION
28
THE ELECTRICAL CENTURY THE BEGINNINGS OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN AUSTRIA
42
HERALDS OF MODERNITY CARS AND PLANES FROM INVENTION TO NECESSITY
54
NATIONALISM ANTISEMITISM SOCIALISM AND POLITICAL CATHOLICISM AS EXPRESSIONS OF MASS POLITICS IN THE TWENTIET...
80
MASS MEDIA AND CULTURE IN FINDESIÈCLE
98
FORWARD RACE AND THE LAUGHTER OF PYGMIES ON OLYMPIC SPORT
115
PHOTOGRAPHY CINEMATOGRAPHY AND THE THEATRE A HISTORY OF A RELATIONSHIP
132
PERSONALITIES AND PRINCIPLES ASPECTS OF LITERATURE AND LIFE FINDESIÈCLE ENGLAND
170
HEROES MEADOWS AND MACHINERY FINDESIÈCLE MUSIC
216
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PHYSICS
235
A FEELING FOR THE WHOLE THE HOLISTIC REACTION IN NEUROLOGY FROM FINDESIÈCLE INTERWAR YEARS
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BIOLOGY AND BEAUTY SCIENCE AND AESTHETICS IN FINDESIÈCLE GERMANY
278
THE UNMASTERED PAST OF HUMAN GENETICS
296
INDEX
325
Urheberrecht

FINDESIÈCLE PAINTING
147

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Über den Autor (1990)

Roy Sydney Porter was born December 31, 1946. He grew up in a south London working class home. He attended Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell, and won an unheard of scholarship to Cambridge. His starred double first in history at Cambridge University (1968) led to a junior research fellowship at his college, Christ's, followed by a teaching post at Churchill College, Cambridge. His Ph.D. thesis, published as The Making Of Geology (1977), became the first of more than 100 books that he wrote or edited. Porter was a Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Churchill College, Cambridge from 1972 to 1979; Dean from 1977 to 1979; Assistant Lecturer in European History at Cambridge University from 1974 to 1977, Lecturer from 1977 to 1979. He joined the Wellcome Institute fot the History of Medicine in 1979 where he was a Senior Lecturer from 1979 to 1991, a Reader from 1991 to 1993, and finally a Professor in the Social History of Medicine from 1993 to 2001. Porter was Elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1994, and he was also made an honorary fellow by both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Roy Porter died March 4, 2002, at the age of 55.

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