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The Resource Stranger than we can imagine : an alternative history of the 20th century, John Higgs

Stranger than we can imagine : an alternative history of the 20th century, John Higgs

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Stranger than we can imagine : an alternative history of the 20th century
Title
Stranger than we can imagine
Title remainder
an alternative history of the 20th century
Statement of responsibility
John Higgs
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Stranger Than We Can Imagine, John Higgs argues that before 1900, history seemed to make sense. We can understand innovations like electricity, agriculture and democracy. The twentieth century, in contrast, gave us relativity, cubism, quantum mechanics, the id, existentialism, Stalin, psychedelics, chaos mathematics, climate change and postmodernism. In order to understand such a disorienting barrage of unfamiliar and knotty ideas, Higgs shows us, we need to shift the framework of our interpretation and view these concepts within the context of a new kind of historical narrative. Instead of looking at it as another step forward in a stable path, we need to look at the twentieth century as a chaotic seismic shift, upending all linear narratives. Higgs invites us along as he journeys across a century "about which we know too much" in order to grant us a new perspective on it. He brings a refreshingly non-academic, eclectic and infectiously energetic approach to his subjects as well as a unique ability to explain how complex ideas connect and intersect-whether he's discussing Einstein's theories of relativity, the Beat poets' interest in Eastern thought or the bright spots and pitfalls of the American Dream"--
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Higgs, John
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Civilization, Modern
  • Twentieth century
Label
Stranger than we can imagine : an alternative history of the 20th century, John Higgs
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Publication
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17783197
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
viii, 341 pages
Isbn
9781593766269
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 12652173
  • (NhCcYBP) 2015030018
  • (OCoLC)922572341
Label
Stranger than we can imagine : an alternative history of the 20th century, John Higgs
Publication
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17783197
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
viii, 341 pages
Isbn
9781593766269
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 12652173
  • (NhCcYBP) 2015030018
  • (OCoLC)922572341

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