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A Degenerate World


Jerzy Jedlicki

Edited By Elena Rozbicka

Modernism and pessimism seem to go hand in hand. What are the sources of the historical pessimism we see in the legions of writers and thinkers over the past three centuries who saw modern civilization as degenerate and despicable, happily marching to its own doom? Why did so many educated and intelligent people despise the innovations that were the work of their contemporaries? This book focuses on English and Polish thought during the 19 th and early 20 th centuries, a time of relative political stability and great success in science and industry, when many nevertheless voiced concern that Europe is moving in the wrong direction, to its own destruction. After WWI, these warnings became even more dire and have left their mark on the European culture of our times.
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Works up to 1918

Adams, Henry. “A Letter to American Teachers of History, 1910”, in The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1919.

Anonymous [Elliott Mills]. The Decline and Fall of the British Empire : a brief account of those causes which resulted in the destruction of our late ally, together with a comparison between the British and Roman Empires ; appointed for use in the national schools of Japan, “Tokio [sic] 2005”, Oxford: Alden & Co., Ltd., Bocardo Press, London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd., [no publ. date].

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