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By Frederic Ewen

Selection notable educational name for 2008A Half-Century of Greatness paints a brilliant and dramatic photo of the inventive considered mid- to past due 19th century Europe and the impact of the unsuccessful revolutions of 1848. It finds frequently unforeseen hyperlinks among novelists, poets, and philosophers from England, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine—especially Dickens, Carlyle, Mill, the Brontës, and George Eliot; Hegel, Strauss, Feuerbach, Marx, Engels, Wagner, and a number of other German poets; the Hungarian poet Sándor Petöfi; Gogol, Dostoevsky, Bakunin, and Herzen in Russia, and the nice Ukrainian poet Shevchenko. Ewen is going directly to hint the transition from Romanticism to Victorianism, or what he calls “the Victorian compromise”—the ascendancy of the center class.The e-book was once reconstructed and edited via Dr. Jeffrey Wollock from Ewen’s ultimate manuscript. It comprises the author's personal reference citations all through, a reconstructed bibliography, and an up-to-date “further interpreting” list.This is Ewen’s final paintings, the long-lost significant other to his Heroic mind's eye. jointly, those books current a landscape of the social, political, and inventive points of ecu Romanticism, specially foreshadowing and complementing contemporary paintings at the relation of Marxism to romanticism. someone attracted to what Lukacs referred to as “Romantic anticapitalism,”; who appreciates such books as Marshall Berman's Adventures in Marxism or E.P. Thompson's The Romantics (1997), will locate Ewen’s paintings a welcome boost.

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There was the shoemaker Thomas Cooper, schoolmaster, people’s poet, and editor of the Chartist Midland Counties Illuminator, who suffered a two-years’ imprisonment in Stafford. There were also—no less memorable —William Lovett, Francis Place, and Henry Hetherington. There was also the brilliant pre-socialist theoretician and practical leader Francis Bray, author of the extraordinary treatise Labor’s Wrongs and Labor’s Remedies. And there were many others. Naturally, Lancashire, which in 1840 had one quarter of a million operatives in the cotton industry, became the mainspring of the Chartist movement; though other industrial regions like the West Riding of Yorkshire were not far behind.

Can this last? ”16 The present was of course a time of dismemberment. He is reported to have prepared a translation of Le Nouveau Christianisme, with an Introduction, which remained unpublished and seems to have disappeared. But even meetings with two prominent Saint-Simonians in London—the Eichthal brothers— did not serve to keep his interest in the Saint-Simonian doctrines at full heat, and by 1832 it had almost petered out. For he was already deep in the transcendentalism of his “Clothes” philosophy, soon to take shape as Sartor Resartus.

For his new creed he had amalgamated secular versions of predestination, original sin, and special grace, having also adapted to his purposes something of German idealistic philosophy and—above all—the works and thought of Goethe. ” Though more closely fettered than any other portion of Britain to a theocratic Presbyterian “kirk,” Scotland had not escaped the new waves of ideas emanating from the continent. It had its own tradition of scepticism in the great philosopher David Hume. ” Carlyle read prodigiously in literature as well as the physical sciences, especially mineralogy.

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