[Reading] ➹ Rousseau and Revolution(Story of Civilization 10) ➯ Will Durant – Buyphenergan500.us

Rousseau and Revolution(Story of Civilization 10)The Story Of Civilization, With Its Tenth Volume, Rousseau And Revolution Around The Towering And Perplexing Personality Of Rousseau Who Set Spinning The Whirlpool Of Ideology, Both Left And Right, The Authors Recreate In Vivid Narrative Style The Growth Of Eighteenth Century Intellectual, Moral And Political Dissent, The Summit And Decline Of Autocratic Rule, Religious Disenchantment And Democratic Stirrings, The Role Of Genius In History, Of Man Versus The Mass And The State In Short, That Great And Continuing Debate Of Which We Are Now The Troubled Heirs The Gallery Swells With Figures As Important As The Star Performer Himself Goethe, Johnson, Voltaire, Catherine And Frederick, Mozart, Kant, Reynolds The Military Exploits, The Elegance And Corruption Of Court Life, The Diversity Of Cultural, Economic, And Social Events, The Prejudices And S Of The Entire European Scene Surely It Is A Measure Of The Durants Comprehensive Mastery That So Vast A Panorama Has Been Handled With So Many Splendidly Interwoven Episodes, Judicious Portraits, And Contemporary RamificationsFrom

[Reading] ➹ Rousseau and Revolution(Story of Civilization 10) ➯ Will Durant – Buyphenergan500.us
  • Hardcover
  • 1092 pages
  • Rousseau and Revolution(Story of Civilization 10)
  • Will Durant
  • English
  • 01 June 2017
  • 9781567310214

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➹ Rousseau and Revolution(Story of Civilization 10) ➯ Will Durant – Buyphenergan500.us

  1. says:

    Finally we come to the Pulitzer Prize winning volume of the series Even compared to the other excellent volumes of The Story, this one is notable for the range of brilliant actors who march across its stage In art we have Canaletto, Tiepolo, Houdon, Goya in music Scarlatti, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart and Rousseau in literature Schiller, Goethe, Sterne and Rousseau in biography Casanova, Boswell, Johnson and Rousseau in economics Smith in history Gibbon in political theory Burke and Rousseau in philosophy Beccaria, Vico, Kant and Rousseau and for Enlightened despots we have Catherine the Great, Frederick the Great, and Joseph II What other author offers such a feast for admiration Having come to this book after finishing William Shirer s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, I find myself amazed once again at Durant s ability to present history Though Shirer is no mean writer himself, Durant is infinitely easier and pleasant to read and despite this book s hefty bulk one of the biggest in the series it is so enjoyable and covers so many topics that it hardly feels taxing Granted, Durant achieves this fluid grace by writing something that is arguably not history, but rather an interconnected series of biographies with a bit of context thrown in The industrial revolution is dealt with in a few pages, the storming of Bastille seems like an afterthought, while Robert Burns is covered and quoted in detail For my part I prefer that Durant write this way, since as a historian, strictly speaking, he is weak and unconvincing By this I mean that he is not adept at showing how events developed from what came before and he seems bored when talking of causes, factors, trends, processes But that is not the point of these books It is not history for historians amateur or professional but rather history for travelers and readers Durant weaves the stories of famous writers, painters, sculptors, architects, philosophers, and scientists into a fascinating tapestry that adds crucial context and meaning to their works I always come away from Durant with books to read and places to see.

  2. says:

    One to go I ll write my review in the next few.

  3. says:

    Always scribble, scribble, scribble, eh Mr Durant Another one of these fat books the last one, ostensibly, before the couple came out of retirement for one final, eleventh gig wasn t that a movie plot Overall I love the Durants their calm view of history, seeing the extremes of each age in context as just swings of the pendulum really helps me find sang froid in the current political climate and in life Their respect for and interest in almost everything makes them wonderful guides But there are drawbacks For one, they tend toward very exact pronouncements on people and artistic works This one is good, this one is the weakest, this one fails because of x Astonishing as their scholarship is, I would prefer if they just described rather than rated most of the time I m no full throated relativist but the idea that there is some objective Eye of History giving a verdict on wildly different works of art throughout the world over centuries is patently absurd And in fact, their idea of synoptic history is predicated on the idea that a civilisation can be summarised by a gentleman and lady scholar with sufficient time on his hands, because there is a Artistic Canon comprised of what was good in that time But a civilisation will always elude synoptic summation, because the social history, the legal history, the folklore history, the ethnological and culinary and climatic history et cetera will always represent too much to summarise in a finite book, an ever unfurling coastline of knowledge mostly lost to the mists of time, or the veil of Clio This is not to say that, say, studying the queer history of 18th c France is a better use of time than studying Voltaire or Watteau, just that both are aspects of an infinitesimally large tapestry.Also, this book contains an enormous amount, the great age of English rhetoric Dr johnson, Walpole, Gibbon, Pitt, Burke, Charles Fox , the birth of liberalism waddup Locke and Romanticism and basically the seeds of all contemporary Western political discourse so, if you re going to just read one of these, maybe read this one But honestly, read em all you ll get your edgy modern history takes by reading the right sort of intellectual magazines, but you won t get the crusty old basis contained herein on which the entire edifice resides.

  4. says:

    This 10th volume of the Durant s magnificent History of Civilization is the most enjoyable so far The device of framing the history of the XVIII century with the twin avatars Voltaire vol 9 and Rousseau vol 10 worked perfectly, even better than in previous volumes about Louis XIV and Caesar and Christ This volume is full of ideas, art and literature The sections on Mozart, Sterne and Beaumarchais were all heartwarming and heartbreaking So many talented, yet so few happy people The story begins with the Seven Years War and it ends with the storming of the Bastille The extensive discussions about how the French Revolution came about are thorough and compelling Sad as that may be for those of us without special sympathy for vandals and pillagers, the French monarchical state had run out of steam, the established powers, notably the royal household, the aristocracy and the clergy were unable to overcome their immediate interests and the system was irredeemable Revolution was the only way forward in 1789 Yet one may feel sorrow at the barbarians taking power for a decade in Europe s most civilized state.The authors assumed this was the end of their work, as they wrote in a very moving afterword Fortunately it wasn t the case I am looking forward to volume 11, The Age of Napoleon.

  5. says:

    This review applies to all Durant s History of Civilization The author does not follow a strictly chronological approach, but emphasizes those events personages that have developed our Western civilization He tends to emphasize certain personalities some of whom I take exception to but he stresses those things which make Western man unique The arts have a prominent place in developing our culture and Durant convinces the reader how important they are.

  6. says:

    Unparalleled scholarship defines this stunning work The Durants talent for anecdotes and their quiet humor kept the book from becoming a slog of dates and names The history is holistic, using the personalities, arts and social conditions of the time to present a grand arc Very absorbing.

  7. says:

    Once again Will and Ariel prove wonderful guides, this time through the tumultuous period before the French Revolution I m satisfied with the framework they ve given me here to understanding this period, and look forward to digging deeper into its main events and personalities.

  8. says:

    Rousseau The American Revolution The philosophes Samuel Johnson The French Revolution Edmund Burke Yeah

  9. says:

    Not a bad entry in the series, but nowhere near as good as its preceding works Perhaps the closer the Durants got to contemporary times, the less distinct their vision was of what truly distinguished that partivcular period of history The sole unifying theme would appear to be the confrontation of Rousseau s emphasis on feeling and sentiment in contradistinction to the rational reliance on reason of the philosophes in general and of Voltaire in particular But this is less of an interpretation than a description of what was going on Still, as a description, it take aim at being a truly exhaustive one the polarity is between Romanticism vs Enlightenment, the 19th century vs the 18th century, 1760 1859 vs 1648 1760, feeling vs reason, instinct vs intellect, sentiment vs judgment, subject vs object, subjectivism vs objectivism, solitude vs society, imagination vs reality, myth and legend vs history, religion vs science, mysticism vs ritual, poetry and poetic prose vs prose and prosaic poetry, neo Gothic vs neo Classical, feminine vs masculine, romantic love vs marriage of convenience, natural and natural vs civilization and artifice, emotional expression vs conventional restraint, individual freedom vs social order, youth vs authority, and man vs the state Their summary of the complex interaction of events, ideas, actions and personalities leading to the epochal French Revolution is masterfully done In one sentence, they summarize it The essence of the French evolution was the overthrow of nobility and the clergy by a bourgeoisie using the discontent of the peasants to destroy feudalism, and the discontent of urban masses to neutralize the armies of the king Besides these two concise summaries, the near thousand pages of the book resonate with interesting character after interesting character Again and again, I felt myself drawn to read a biography devoted to one personality and or read the works written by them This focus on the specific individual meant that by half way through the book, I got into the habit or reading it like a collection of short stories, rather than a continuous history In no particular order, one is encouraged to explore deeply the biographies of Rousseau, Grimm, Frederick the Great, Catherine II, Maria Theresa of Austria, Joseph II, d Alembert, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Pompadour, Quesnay, Turgot, Necker, Morelly, Mme d Epinay, Vivaldi, Vico, the Marquis de Pombal, Charles III, Goya, Goethe, Casanova, Winkelmann, Viotti, Boccherini, Alfieri, Gluck, Piccini, Haydn, Mozart, Prince Radziwill, Ignacy Krasicki, Christian van Wolff, Lessing, Klopstock, Rudolph Raspe, Kant, Wieland, Herder, Schiller, Moses Mendelssohn, Boswell, Johnson, Holberg, Gustavus III, Burke, Pitt both of them ,North, Fox, Wilkes, Sheridan, Clive, Hastings, Garrick, Adam Smith, Gibbon, Hawkins, Chippendale, Wedgewood, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Macpherson, Burns, Sterne, Burney, Walpole, Chatterton, Cowper, Goldsmith, Franklin, Washington, Lafayette, Beaumarchais, de Sade, Condorcet, Houdon, Bernadin, Retif, Boissel and Mme de la Motte Valois.Books to read Rousseau s Julie, Goethe s Werther, Schiller s Robbers, Kant s Critique, Raspe s Baron Munchausen, Herder s History, Holberg s Niels Kilm, Sheridan s Rivals, Gibbon s Decline and Fall, Macpherson s Ossian, Burney s Evelina, Sterne s Tristram Shandy reread , Fielding s Tom Jones finish Walpole s Otranto, Chatterton s poetry, Goldsmith s Vicar, Johnson s Rasselas, de Sade s Justine, Bernadin s Paul et Virginie, Beaumarchais s Figaro and Retif s Nicolas.Interestingly, the Durants often gave into a penchant for generalizations I guess after writing ten weighty volumes of the history of civilization, they could be allowed to draw a conclusion here and there Examples of such the disappearance of structure of the organic relation of parts to a whole, or of beginning to middle and end is the degeneration of art , the secret of success is to seize a propitious chance , without intervals of lethargy, genius would slip into insanity , wisdom has no nationality , limitation of powers is the essence of liberty, for as soon as liberty is complete, it dies in anarchy , nearly all plots are absurd , but who of us, in the trial and error of love, has not wounded one or who hearts before winning one , it is not natural for writers to like one another they are reaching for the same prize , there are happy moments in history behind the drama of tragedy, and beneath the notice of historians , the romantic spirit, unless it is religious, is helpless in the face of death , justice is not only blind, it limps there is a secret pride in surviving our contemporaries, but we are punished with loneliness , and finally, in which than a little self analysis is apparent one of the laws of composition is that a pen in motion, like matter in Newton s first law, continues in motion unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it from without.The postscript indicated that this was the final volume in the work However, they did write a follow up volume on Napoleonic times Good book, but so in its individual parts than in the overall impression it makes.

  10. says:

    Will and Ariel Durant give us here both the end of an era, a king, an old feudal world and the end of their over 40 year journey of writing synthetic history though they would live past their predictions and live to write one volume Volume X won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non Fiction in 1968, and it is tough to decide whether it was the writing and dedication of its authors, or the age itself, bursting its seems with genius Goethe, Mozart, Kant, Rousseau, Voltaire, Franklin , villainy and roguishness England in India, Cagliostro, wars over words Voltaire and words about wars Frederick the Great You can tell that with this volume Durant has reached his wheelhouse This is the age that he himself was waiting to write, and he only saw fit to write it after filling us in on the previous 5,000 odd years of history Volumes I IX to bring us up to date He labours over Rousseau, Voltaire, with minor 50 plus pages each excursions on Dr Johnson, Goethe, Mozart Still, even with so much material brought to bear, he manages to synthesize it and tell the story through the main personages of the era Voltaire and Rousseau set as a canceling pair like Neo Agent Smith , while still giving than enough space to the nameless poor and the mass movements that pushed them and their societies forward If there is a flaw, it is that the details can bog one down, most easily when there is no narrative to make it go down easier But, really, it is impossible to narratize economics.

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