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Time on a Human Scale: Experiencing the Present in Europe, 1860-1930

Julian Wright and Allegra Fryxell


Assessing the present as a locus of particularly intense reflection in Western Europe, during a period which has often been explored for its passing interest in futurism or alternatively its obsession with decadence, this book establishes the wider intellectual context. It assesses the historiographical, philosophical and sociological interventions of the period under examination for their deepening of the cultural enquiry into the present that was being taken forward across different artforms, political discourses and individual experiences. It argues for a rethinking of the European ‘fin-de- ... More

Keywords: intellectual culture, art history, literature, nineteenth-century history, twentieth-century history, fin-de-siècle, philosophy, psychology, historiography, temporality

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266977
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266977.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Wright, editor
Northumbria University

Allegra Fryxell, editor
University of Cambridge

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Part I Conflicting Presents in Political Culture

Part II Creating the Cultural Present

Part III Being Present Through the Time of the First World War

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