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What did being 'modern' mean to Europeans in the nineteenth century?
Jerrold Seigel's new book, Modernity and Bourgeois Life: Society, Politics, and Culture in England, France and Germany since 1750, offers a panoramic view of the ties between modernity and bourgeois life in Western Europe. To be modern may mean many different things, but for nineteenth-century Europeans 'modernity' suggested a new form of life in which bourgeois activities, people, attitudes and values all played key roles.
In his interview he answers questions such as:
- What inspired you to research this subject?
- What did being modern mean to Europeans in the nineteenth-century
- Is it possible to draw any parallels behind the motives for this drive in the nineteenth century and Present day?
Professor Seigel answers the final question 'can you describe your book in three words?' with "Ambitious for sure; responsible and thoughtful I hope."
Modernity and Bourgeois Life has just been published by Cambridge University Press and is available here.
Friday, 4 May 2012
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