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Himmelfarb, Gertrude

Works: 84 works in 537 publications in 2 languages and 23,255 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Biography 
Roles: Editor, Speaker
Classifications: HV4086.A3, 323.44
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Most widely held works by Gertrude Himmelfarb
Darwin and the Darwinian revolution by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
43 editions published between 1959 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In her enduring study of the impact of Darwinism on the intellectual climate of the nineteenth century, Gertrude Himmelfarb brings massive documentation to bear in challenging the conventional view of Darwin's greatness. Touching on biography, history, and philosophy, she traces the origins and development of Darwin's views against the opinions of his time; assesses the influences on him; and shows what he intended his theory to mean, what his readers took it to mean
Victorian minds by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
38 editions published between 1958 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A study of intellectuals in crisis and of ideologies in transition, elegant in style and thought. "Few works that I know convey the excitement of the intellectual life of 19th-century England as immediately ... The essays are remarkable no less for the cogency of their wit than for the range and precision of their scholarship."--Lionel Trilling
The de-moralization of society : from Victorian virtues to modern values by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
22 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 1,700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gertrude Himmelfarb, like so many Americans, is appalled by crime, drug addiction, illiteracy, juvenile delinquency, illegitimacy and welfare dependency. The solution she proposes, in this follow-up to her much-praised On Looking into the Abyss, is as simple as it is radical - and has the further advantage of solid historical substantiation. We must look back on the Victorians with open minds; they must cease to irk us. And then, Himmelfarb hopes, we can begin to learn from them
The idea of poverty : England in the early Industrial Age by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
28 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 1,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The new history and the old by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
24 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and held by 1,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For this updated edition of her acclaimed work on historians and the writing of history, Gertrude Himmelfarb adds four insightful and provocative essays dealing with changes in the discipline over the past twenty years. In examining the effects of postmodernism, the illusions of cosmopolitanism, A. J. P. Taylor and revisionism, and Francis Fukuyama's "end of history," Himmelfarb enriches her exploration of the myriad ways - new and old - in which historians make sense of the past."--BOOK JACKET
Work and welfare by Robert M Solow ( Book )
5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Solow condemns the welfare reforms recently passed by Congress and President Clinton for confronting welfare recipients with an unworkable choice - finding work in the current labor market or losing benefits. He argues that the only practical and fair way to move recipients to work is, in contrast, through an ambitious plan to guarantee that every able-bodied citizen has access to a job. Solow contends that the demand implicit in the 1996 Welfare Reform Act for welfare recipients to find work in the existing labor market has two crucial flaws. Solow concludes that it is legitimate to want welfare recipients to work, but not to want them to live at a miserable standard or to benefit at the expense of the working poor, especially since children are often the first to suffer. Instead, he writes, we should create new demand for unskilled labor through public-service employment and incentives to the private sector - in effect, fair "workfare." Throughout, Solow places debate over welfare reform in the context of a struggle to balance competing social values, in particular self-reliance and altruism
The roads to modernity : the British, French, and American enlightenments by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
28 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 1,244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Roads to Modernity reclaims the Enlightenment - an extraordinary time bursting with new ideas about the human condition in the realms of politics, society, and religion - from historians who have downgraded its importance and from scholars who have given preeminence to the Enlightenment in France over concurrent movements in England and America. Contrasting the Enlightenments in the three nations, Gertrude Himmelfarb demonstrates the primacy of the British and the wisdom and foresight of thinkers such as Adam Smith, David Hume, Thomas Paine, the Earl of Shaftesbury, Edward Gibbon, and Edmund Burke, who established its unique character and historic importance. It is this Enlightenment, she argues, that created a moral and social philosophy - humane, compassionate, and realistic - that still resonates strongly today, in America perhaps ever more so than in Europe." "This is a contribution to the history of ideas."--Jacket
Marriage and morals among the Victorians : essays by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
28 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In these brilliant essays, Gertrude Himmelfarb, one of America's most respected scholars of Victorian thought and culture, explores the many facets, public and private, of the Victorian idea of morality. Incisively and provocatively she illuminates the moral imagination of the More...Victorians, the imagination that treasured the complexity of the heart and mind and that sought, by aesthetic means as well as ethical, to adorn and enhance rather than destroy the 'decent drapery of life.' The conventional view of Victorianism-a Family Shakespeare purged of indelicacies, piano legs sheathed in pantaloons, and the works of male and female authors chastely residing on separate shelves-gives way to the subtle and sympathetic analysis of an ethos that combined a profound sense of social and moral responsibility with a remarkable tolerance for idiosyncrasy and individuality. Marriage and Morals Among the Victorians invites us to reconsider the complex and colorful panorama of ideas and attitudes, beliefs and behavior, that goes under the name of Victorianism-and it reconsiders well our own relation to that much abused and misunderstood culture
Lord Acton; a study in conscience and politics by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
27 editions published between 1950 and 1993 in English and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On looking into the Abyss : untimely thoughts on culture and society by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
18 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In these perceptive essays, the highly regarded historian Gertrude Himmelfarb critically examines the cultural and ideological fashions of contemporary America. She analyzes the intellectual arrogance and spiritual impoverishment at the heart of such current academic movements in history, literature, and philosophy as structuralism, deconstructionism, and postmodernism - and shows how they have led to the belittling of one of the great tragedies of all time, the Holocaust. And she demonstrates the intimate, pervasive relationship between what is taught in our universities and what happens in society. She describes how the very idea of the "abyss" is made trivial and banal; how the role of the hero in history is being usurped by the writer of history; how with the end of the Cold War the greatest threat to liberalism is liberalism itself, how the link between nationalism and religion has been dangerously ignored; and how the relativization of history leads to its de-moralization and de-humanization. Provocative and incisive, Gertrude Himmelfarb's writings force us to examine our ideas about the troubling issues that concern our society and culture today
On liberty and liberalism: the case of John Stuart Mill by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
16 editions published between 1974 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poverty and compassion : the moral imagination of the late Victorians by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
16 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the ways in which poverty was regarded and addressed in late nineteenth-century England
One nation, two cultures by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
18 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Himmelfarb argues that American culture is split between a traditional side and a side born in the counterculture of the 1960s
On liberty by John Stuart Mill ( Book )
41 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mill's famous argument for a liberal, tolerant, pluralistic, democratic political and social philosophy
On population. Edited and introduced by Gertrude Himmelfarb by T. R Malthus ( Book )
1 edition published in 1960 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The neoconservative persuasion : selected essays, 1942-2009 by Irving Kristol ( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Irving Kristol, the "godfather" of neoconservatism and one of our most important public intellectuals, played an influential role in development of American intellectual and political culture over past half century. These essays, many hard to find and reprinted here for the first time since their initial appearance, are a survey of intellectual development of one of the progenitors of neoconservatism. Kristol wrote on a broad range of topics from W.H. Auden to Ronald Reagan, from neoconservative movement's roots in the 1940s at City College to American foreign policy, from religion to capitalism. Kristol's writings provide us a unique guide to development of neoconservatism as one of the leading strains of thought, one of leading "persuasions" in recent American political and intellectual history
The Jewish odyssey of George Eliot by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It is one of the curiosities of history that the most remarkable novel about Jews and Judaism, predicting the establishment of the Jewish state, should have been written in 1876 by a non-Jew - a Victorian woman and a formidable intellectual, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest of English novelists. And it is still more curious that Daniel Deronda, George Eliot's last novel, should have been dismissed, by many of her admirers at the time and by some critics since, as something of an anomaly, an inexplicable and unfortunate turn in her life and work. Yet Eliot herself was passiona
The moral imagination : from Edmund Burke to Lionel Trilling by Gertrude Himmelfarb ( Book )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Gertrude Himmelfarb here explores the minds and lives of some of the most brilliant and provocative thinkers of modern times. Behind the drama of ideas that played itself out in the lives and writings of these individuals was the free play of the moral imagination. From her own long engagement with these subjects, Ms. Himmelfarb describes how these thinkers, coming from different traditions, responding to different concerns, writing in different genres, shared a moral passion that permeated their work. And it is the liveliness of their imagination that makes their reflections - on politics and literature, religion and society, marriage and sex - sometimes unpredictable, often controversial, always exciting, and as illuminating and pertinent today as they were then."--Jacket
The spirit of the age : Victorian essays ( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"None of the stereotypes of Victorian England - narrow-minded, inhibited, moralistic, complacent - prepares us for the vitality, variety, and above all extraordinary quality of intellectual life displayed in this volume of essays. Selected and annotated by Gertrude Himmelfarb, a distinguished historian of Victorian thought, the writings address a wide range of subjects - religion, politics, history, science, art, socialism, and feminism - by eminent figures of the era. The selections reflect what Himmelfarb terms "the spirit of the age"--Contentious as well as earnest, given to high aspirations and convictions, and at the same time subject to deep anxieties and doubts."--Jacket
Essays on freedom and power by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton ( Book )
31 editions published between 1948 and 2010 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Himmelfarb, G.
Himmelfarb, G. (Gertrude)
Kristol, Gertrude.
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