There is no thinking man, however shrewd or learned he may be, who can hope to dominate this anxiety, to escape from this impression of darkness, to measure the probable duration of this period when the virtual relations of humanity are disturbed profoundly. And now we see that the abyss of history is deep enough to bury all the world.
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On European Civilization and the European Mind, c. You know how greatly the general economic situation has been disturbed, and the polity of states, and the very life of the individual; you are familiar with the universal discomfort, hesitation, apprehension.
We hope vaguely, we dread precisely; our fears are infinitely more precise than our hopes; we confess that the charm of life is behind us, abundance is behind us, but doubt and disorder are in us and with us.
The Sourcebook is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted texts for introductory level classes in modern European and World history. But France, England, Russia,these names, too, are splendid.
We knew that all the apparent earth is made of ashes, and that ashes have a meaning. The circumstances which will send the works of [John] Keats and the works of [Charles] Baudelaire to join those of Menander an ancient Greek poet whose works were lost until the 19th century are not at all inconceivable; they are found in the daily papers.
It doubts itself profoundly. Almost all the affairs of men remain in a terrible uncertainty. One can say that all the fundamentals of the world have been affected by the war, or more exactly, by the circumstances of the war; something deeper has been worn away than the renewable parts of the machine.
We perceived, through the misty bulk of history, the phantoms of huge vessels once laden with riches and learning. The Mind has indeed been cruelly wounded; its complaint is heard in the hearts of intellectual man; it passes a mournful judgment on itself.
If you do reduplicate the document, indicate the source. We think of what has disappeared, we are almost destroyed by what has been destroyed; we do not know what will be born, and we fear the future, not without reason.
We feel that a civilization is fragile as a life.It is remarkable that the European is defined not by race. quite distinct from race. Paul. there is Europe. but by his aims and the amplitude of his will. as regards the mind. the source of this development.
from the human point of view. of Moses and St. Whereas other textbooks of this period focus on the political events, Themes in Modern European History uses a comparative history of institutions and societies, with emphasis on the cultural changes as well.
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