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From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun

From Dawn to Decadence

500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present

by Jacques Barzun

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
38 Hrs.


Highly regarded for his works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun turns his gaze to the past tumultuous hundred years. Taken from "From Dawn to Decadence," his landmark study of the past five centuries, Barzun's enthralling analysis of the Twentieth Century rates the present not as a culmination of Western civilization, but as a decline. Barzun is in no way, however, a prophet of doom. Instead, he shows decadence as the normal close of great periods in history and a necessary condition of the creative novelty that will burst forth -- tomorrow or the next day.

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