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Watson, Peter 1943-

Overview
Works: 106 works in 387 publications in 2 languages and 15,590 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Case studies  Fiction 
Roles: Compiler, Editor
Classifications: CB69, 363.25962
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Most widely held works by Peter Watson
The Medici conspiracy : the illicit journey of looted antiquities, from Italy's tomb raiders to the world's greatest museums by Peter Watson ( Book )
17 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the network of dealers and smugglers who have placed stolen European artifacts into the hands of museums and wealthy collectors
The modern mind : an intellectual history of the 20th century by Peter Watson ( Book )
15 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author of "War on the Mind" presents a major narrative history of the thoughts, ideas, individuals, scientific discoveries, literature, and art of the 20th century. This major narrative history of the people and ideas that shaped the modern world is a brilliantly reasoned examination of the thought and individuals that made twentieth-century culture. From Freud to Babbitt, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the books range is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists, and philosophers who produced the ideas by which we live. Beginning with four seminal ideas that were introduced in 1900 -- the unconscious, the gene, the quantum, and Picasso's first paintings in Paris-Peter Watson has produced a fluent and engaging narrative of the intellectual tradition of the past century. The book is divided into four parts -- Freud to Wittgenstein; Spengler to Animal Farm; Sartre to the Sea of Tranquillity; the counterculture to Kosovo -- and there are forty-two chapters. Watson emphasizes that "the century may be understood as a period during which the scientific method colonized all modes of thought and changed the way thinking is done." He sees the first half of the century as a period of discovery and the last half as a period of analysis, synthesis, and understanding, and he explores the role of the United States in setting the century's agenda in many areas. Unlike more conventional histories, in which the focus is on political events and personalities, The Modern Mind is an illuminating blueprint of twentieth-century thought and culture and the men and women who created it
Twins : an uncanny relationship? by Peter Watson ( Book )
5 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The German genius : Europe's third renaissance, the second scientific revolution, and the twentieth century by Peter Watson ( Book )
17 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A virtuosic cultural history of German ideas and influence, from 1750 to the present day"--
Psychology and race by Peter Watson ( Book )
19 editions published between 1973 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
War on the mind : the military uses and abuses of psychology by Peter Watson ( Book )
15 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From Manet to Manhattan : the rise of the modern art market by Peter Watson ( Book )
15 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
vocation since the days of ancient Rome, and it is this crucial link between art and commerce that makes Mr. Watson's history such absorbing one. He has produced a book that is rich in both scholarship and anecdote, one that traces not only the development of the great auction houses, like Sotheby's and Christie's, and the recent and spectacular involvement of Japanese buyers, but also the development of that fascinating breed the dealers: flamboyant salesmen, fastidious
Ideas : a history of thought and invention, from fire to Freud by Peter Watson ( Book )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this hugely ambitious and stimulating book, Peter Watson describes the history of ideas, from deep antiquity to the present day, leading to a new way of understanding our world and ourselves. The narrative begins nearly two million years ago with the invention of hand-axes and explores how some of our most cherished notions might have originated before humans had language. Then, in a broad sweep, the book moves forward to consider not the battles and treaties of kings and prime ministers, emperors and generals, but the most important ideas we have evolved, by which we live and which separate us from other animals. Watson explores the first languages and the first words, the birth of the gods, the origins of art, the profound intellectual consequences of money. He describes the invention of writing, early ideas about law, why sacrifice and the soul have proved so enduring in religion. He explains how ideas about time evolved, how numbers were conceived, how science, medicine, sociology, economics, and capitalism came into being. He shows how the discovery of the New World changed forever the way that we think, and why Chinese creativity faded after the Middle Ages. In the course of this commanding narrative, Watson reveals the linkages down the ages in the ideas of many apparently disparate philosophers, astronomers, religious leaders, biologists, inventors, poets, jurists, and scores of others. Aristotle jostles with Aquinas, Ptolemy with Photius, Kalidasa with Zhu Xi, Beethoven with Strindberg, Jefferson with Freud. Ideas is a seminal work
The death of Hitler : the full story with new evidence from secret Russian archives by Ada Petrova ( Book )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this groundbreaking book, which reads like a riveting detective story, Ada Petrova and Peter Watson provide the answers to these two questions. Given access to the Russians' hitherto unseen Hitler Archive - File I-G-23, the so-called Operation Myth File - they reveal not only the truth of what went on in Berlin in May 1945 after the Russians captured the bunker in which Hitler, Eva Braun, and their entourage spent their last days, but also why the Soviet regime felt the details of the Fuhrer's death had to be kept secret for so long. Further, they explain how and why his body and those of Braun, Josef and Magda Goebbels, and the Goebbels' six children were secretly buried in Magdeburg, East Germany, and finally disinterred and cremated in 1970 by order of the then KGB chief Yuri Andropov
Sotheby's : the inside story by Peter Watson ( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wisdom and strength : the biography of a Renaissance masterpiece by Peter Watson ( Book )
14 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Landscape of lies by Peter Watson ( Book )
5 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Isobel Sadler is dead broke. The only thing she's got that might bring in any money is a stupendously bad painting that's been in her family for generations. It's so ugly she can't imagine it would be worth much, but the other night someone tried to steal it. Mystified, she turns to art dealer Michael Whiting, who identifies the painting as a 16th-centuryt treasure map, pointing the way to a cache of priceless religious artifacts that were hidden by monks when Henry VIII was dissolving the monasteries
The great divide : nature and human nature in the Old World and the New by Peter Watson ( Book )
5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Compares and contrasts the development of humankind in the old world and the new between 15,000 B.C. and 1500 A.D., and cites climate, domesticable animals, and hallucinogenic plants as the reasons for the discrepancy"--Provided by publisher
The Nazi's wife by Peter Watson ( Book )
4 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nureyev : a biography by Peter Watson ( Book )
12 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biografi om den rusiskfødte balletdanser (1938-1993)
A terrible beauty : a history of the people and ideas that shaped the modern mind by Peter Watson ( Book )
13 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A Terrible Beauty presents a unique narrative of the twentieth century. Unlike more conventional histories, where the focus is on political events and personalities, on wars, treaties and elections, this book concentrates on the ideas that made the century so rich, rewarding and provocative." "Beginning with four seminal innovations which were introduced in 1900 - the unconscious, the gene, the quantum and Picasso's first paintings in Paris - the book brings together the main areas of thought and juxtaposes the most original and influential ideas of our time in an immensely readable narrative." "From the creation of plastic to Norman Mailer, from the discovery of the 'Big Bang' to the Counter-culture, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Salman Rushdie, from the Olduvai Gorge to chaoplexity, and from Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the book's range is encyclopedic. We meet in these pages the other twentieth century, the writers, the artists, the scientists and philosophers who were not cowed by the political and military disasters raging around them and produced some of the most amazing and rewarding ideas by which we live."--BOOK JACKET
Ideas : a history from fire to Freud by Peter Watson ( Book )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this hugely ambitious and exciting book Peter Watson tells the history of ideas from prehistory to the present day, leading to a new way of telling the history of the world. The book begins over a million years ago with a discussion of how the earliest ideas might have originated. Looking at animal behaviour that appears to require some thought - tool-making, territoriality, counting, language (or at least sounds), pairbonding - Peter Watson moves on to the apeman and the development of simple ideas such as cooking, the earliest language, the emergence of family life. All the obvious areas are tackled - the Ancient Greeks, Christian theology, the ideas of Jesus, astrological thought, the soul, the self, beliefs about the heavens, the ideas of Islam, the Crusades, humanism, the Renaissance, Gutenberg and the book, the scientific revolution, the age of discovery, Shakespeare, the idea of Revolution, the Romantic imagination, Darwin, imperialism, modernism, Freud right up to the present day and the internet
The great divide : history and human nature in the old world and the new by Peter Watson ( Book )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Compares and contrasts the development of humankind in the old world and the new between 15,000 B.C. and 1500 A.D., and cites climate, domesticable animals, and hallucinogenic plants as the reasons for the discrepancy"--Provided by publisher
Twins : an investigation into the strange coincidences in the lives of separated twins by Peter Watson ( Book )
6 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Watoson, Pītā 1943-
Watson, P.
Watson, Peter F. 1943-
Watson, Peter Frank 1943-
ワトスン, ピーター
ワトソン, ピーター
Languages
English (204)
Spanish (1)
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