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The Last of old Europe : a grand tour with A.J.P. Taylor.

Author: A J P Taylor
Publisher: New York : Quadrangle/The New York Times Book Co., 1976.
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"More than a recreation of moments in time from Europe that no longer exists, The Last of old Europe captures in these photographs an unchanging quality of humanity. AJP Taylor reminds us that "all things change" but that we recognize ourselves in these faces looking out at us from the past. Coming as it so opportunely did at the eleventh hour of culture about to be overtaken by incredible industrial and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Last of old Europe.
New York : Quadrangle/The New York Times Book Co., 1976
(OCoLC)903478447
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A J P Taylor
ISBN: 0812906837 9780812906837
OCLC Number: 3195181
Description: 222 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction by AJP Taylor --
The eye of the camera: A new new visual record of history in the making --
Up for the coronation: A tour of the Moscow streets, 1896 --
Dynastic splendour: Spectacular twilight of Europe's monarchies --
Workshop of the world: Industry and commerce --
Rural contrasts: The face of the countryside --
Two nations: Rich and poor --
The ghetto: 'Huddled masses yearning to breathe free' --
Religion: Variety of observance and ritual --
Urban life: Street scenes and great cities in their heyday --
The new transport: Trains and cars --
Sail & steam: Ships and harbours --
At work: Crafts and occupations --
Leisure & pleasure: Holidays, sport, entertainment --
Women: Emerging and submerged --
Wars & warriors: The armies of Europe --
The first of new Europe: The children --
The lamps go out: Europe goes to war.

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"More than a recreation of moments in time from Europe that no longer exists, The Last of old Europe captures in these photographs an unchanging quality of humanity. AJP Taylor reminds us that "all things change" but that we recognize ourselves in these faces looking out at us from the past. Coming as it so opportunely did at the eleventh hour of culture about to be overtaken by incredible industrial and technological change, the camera has preserved a record of daily life that the written history of the period could never have a wholly preserved. Though artists of the day recorded the splendor of royal and wealthy patrons, few could afford to devote themselves to as vast a record of the common man. The efforts of these pioneering phtographers have immensely enriched historical perspective.

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