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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
Title variation
Alternative history of the 20th century
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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Back cover
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Higgs, John
Dewey number
909.82
Index
index present
LC call number
CB425
LC item number
.H45 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • HISTORY / Social History
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Twentieth century
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Twentieth century
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Stranger than we can imagine : an alternative history of the 20th century, John Higgs
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in the UK by Weidenfeld & Nicolson"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9781593766269
Lccn
2015030018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn922572341
  • (OCoLC)922572341
Label
Stranger than we can imagine : an alternative history of the 20th century, John Higgs
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in the UK by Weidenfeld & Nicolson"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9781593766269
Lccn
2015030018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn922572341
  • (OCoLC)922572341

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