Thinking the Twentieth Century

ISBN-10: 1594203237
ISBN-13: 9781594203237
Edition: 2012
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Description: An unprecedented and original history of intellectual life throughout the past century. Thinking the Twentieth Centuryis the final book of unparalleled historian and indomitable public critic Tony Judt. Where Judt's masterpiece Postwar redefined the  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/2/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

An unprecedented and original history of intellectual life throughout the past century. Thinking the Twentieth Centuryis the final book of unparalleled historian and indomitable public critic Tony Judt. Where Judt's masterpiece Postwar redefined the history of modern Europe by uniting the stories of its eastern and western halves, Thinking the Twentieth Centuryunites the century's conflicted intellectual history into a single soaring narrative. The twentieth century comes to life as the age of ideas-a time when, for good or for ill, the thoughts of the few reigned over the lives of the many. Judt presents the triumphs and the failures of public intellectuals, adeptly extracting the essence of their ideas and explaining the risks of their involvement in politics. Spanning the entire era and all currents of thought in a manner never previously attempted, Thinking the Twentieth Centuryis a triumphant tour de force that restores clarity to the classics of modern thought with the assurance and grace of a master craftsman. The exceptional nature of this work is evident in its very structure-a series of luminous conversations between Judt and his friend and fellow historian Timothy Snyder, grounded in the texts of their trade and focused by the intensity of their vision. Judt's astounding eloquence and range of reference are here on display as never before. Traversing the century's complexities with ease, he and Snyder revive both thoughts and thinkers, guiding us through the debates that made our world. As forgotten treasures are unearthed and overrated thinkers are dismantled, the shape of a century emerges. Judt and Snyder make us partners in their project as we learn the ways to think like a historian or even like a public intellectual. We begin to experience the power of historical perspective for the critique and reform of society, and for the pursuit of the good and the true from day to day. In restoring and indeed exemplifying the best of the intellectual life of the twentieth century, Thinking the Twentieth Centurycharts a pathway for moral life in the twenty-first. An incredible achievement, Thinking the Twentieth Century is about the life of the mind-and about the mindful life.

Timothy Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997. He has held fellowships in Paris and Vienna, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. He has written and edited a number of critically-acclaimed and prize-winning books about twentieth-century European history, including The Reconstruction of Nations, Sketches from a Secret War and The Red Prince. He is Professor of History at Yale University.

Foreword (Timothy Snyder)
The Name Remains: Jewish Questioner
London and Language: English Writer
Familial Socialism: Political Marxist
King's and Kibbutzim: Cambridge Zionist
Paris, California: French Intellectual
Generation of Understanding: East European Liberal
Unities and Fragments: European Historian
Age of Responsibility: American Moralist
The Banality of Good: Social Democrat
Afterword (Tony Fudt)
Works Discussed
Index

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