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Time on a Human ScaleExperiencing the Present in Europe, 1860-1930$
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Julian Wright and Allegra Fryxell

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266977

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266977.001.0001

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Introduction: Time on a Human Scale, 1860–1930

Introduction: Time on a Human Scale, 1860–1930

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(p.1) Introduction: Time on a Human Scale, 1860–1930
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Time on a Human Scale
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Julian Wright

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266977.003.0001

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 opening essay establishes the wider intellectual context for the essays that follow. 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-siècle’ and an expanded frame of historical enquiry that traverses the First World War in assessing this vital period in European history. The humanity of the present is particularly at stake, both in the intellectual arguments about the present advanced during the period, which are surveyed rapidly in this introduction, and in the new cultural, artistic and political discoveries to be presented through the volume as a whole.

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

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