All that is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity

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Viking Penguin, 1988 - Fiction - 383 pages
"A bubbling caldron of ideas . . . Enlightening and valuable." ?Mervyn Jones, New Statesman.

The political and social revolutions of the nineteenth century, the pivotal writings of Goethe, Marx, Dostoevsky, and others, and the creation of new environments to replace the old?all have thrust us into a modern world of contradictions and ambiguities. In this fascinating book, Marshall Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and cultures, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical idealism and a complex, bureaucratic materialism.

From a reinterpretation of Karl Marx to an incisive consideration of the impact of Robert Moses on modern urban living, Berman charts the progress of the twentieth-century experience. He concludes that adaptation to continual flux is possible and that therein lies our hope for achieving a truly modern society.

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This book has completely shifted my thinking on modernity whilst being a joy to read. Passion oozes from the pages. I'd write more, but I don't think I could do it justice. If you're in any way interested in the concepts of modernity or postmodernity, read this book. Read full review

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Non Fiction, An extraordinary book, Critical Theory, Cultural Theory, Criticism, Cultural studies, Modernism, Modernity, Urban studies, "For most of my life, since I learned that I was living in ‘a ... Read full review


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Marshall Berman was an American philosopher and Marxist humanist writer. He was a distinguished professor of political science at City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was the author of All That Is Solid Melts into Air and wrote the introduction to Penguin Books' edition of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto. He died in 2013.

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