By Oswald Spengler
On account that its first book in volumes among 1918-1923, The Decline of the West has ranked as some of the most greatly learn and such a lot spoke of books of our time. In all its a variety of variants, it has offered approximately 100,000 copies. A twentieth-century Cassandra, Oswald Spengler completely probed the starting place and "fate" of our civilization, and the outcome might be (and has been) learn as a prophesy of the Nazi regime. His demanding perspectives have resulted in harsh feedback through the years, however the wisdom and eloquence that went into his sweeping research of Western tradition have stored The Decline of the West alive. because the face of Germany and Europe as a complete maintains to alter every day, The Decline of the West can't be missed.
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The other group, composed above all of belated romanbooks of this choruses, of the represented in recent times by the three Basel professors Bachofen, succumb to the usual dangers of ideology. They lose themselves in the clouds of an antiquity that is really no more than the ticists Burckhardt and Nietzsche image of their own sensibility in a philological mirror. , the relics of the old literature, yet there never sented for us by its itself principally 1 great writers. upon the The humdrum was a Culture so incompletely repre- group, on the other hand, supports material of law-sources, inscriptions and first coins (which Burckhardt and Nietzsche, very much to their own Joss, despised) and subordinates thereto, often with little or no sense of truth and fact, the surviving literature.
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What can Tolstoi as something alien and distant do Western world-idea whole the rejected with the "Middle Ages," with Dante, with Luther? What can a Japanese do with Parzcval and "Zarathustra," or an Indian with Sophocles? And is the of Islam? Christian, Classical thought-range of Schopenhauer, Comte, Feuerbach, Hebbel or Strindberg any wider? Is not their whole psychology, for all its intention of world-wide one of purely West-European significance? which also challenge the comic seem Ibsen's woman-problems attention of all "humanity" when, for his famous Nora, the lady of the North-west European city with the horizon that is implied by a house-rent of 100 to 300 a year and a Protestant upbringing, we substitute Ciesar's wife, Madame de Sevigne, a Japanese or a Turkish peasant woman!