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Selection notable educational identify for 2008A Half-Century of Greatness paints a brilliant and dramatic photograph of the inventive considered mid- to past due 19th century Europe and the impact of the unsuccessful revolutions of 1848. It finds usually 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 publication used to be 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 analyzing” 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 facets of eu Romanticism, specially foreshadowing and complementing contemporary paintings at the relation of Marxism to romanticism. somebody 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 great addition.

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28 e n g l a n d a t t h e g r e a t d i v i d e In change [he wrote in “Characteristics”] ... is nothing terrible ... On the contrary, it lies in the very essence of our log and life in this world ... Change, indeed, is painful yet ever needful ... Nay, if we look well into it, what is all Derangement, and necessity of great Change, in itself such an evil, but the product of increased resources, which the old methods can no longer administer; of new wealth which the old coffers will no longer contain: What is it, for example, that in our own day bursts asunder the bonds of ancient Political Systems, and perplexes all Europe with the fear of Change, but even this: the increase of social resources, which the old social methods will no longer sufficiently administer?

For the English at large, and the Scots as well, the outstanding representative of German letters was Friedrich Schiller. 3 22 e n g l a n d a t t h e g r e a t d i v i d e In Goethe, Carlyle saw a grander replica of himself in the journey from unbelief to belief: “At one time, we found him in darkness, and now he is in light; he was once an Unbeliever, and now he is a Believer . . How has this man, to whom the world once offered nothing but blackness, denial and despair, attained to that better vision which now shews it to him, not tolerable only but full of solemnity and loveliness?

A wealthy bachelor, he became one of the partners in Robert Owen’s New Lanark ventures. He was an open-handed, dedicated believer in the need for reform. It is gratifying to remember that he died in the year that the great Reform Bill was carried. The Utilitarians grew in numbers and support. In 1824 they founded the Westminster Review, which set out to compete for influence with the Edinburgh Review and the Quarterly Review—the most conservative journals of the day. In 1828 they established University College, London (later to become the University of London), the first nondenominational institution of higher learning in England.

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