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Posthistoire : has history come to an end?

Author: Lutz Niethammer; Dirk van Laak
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, ©1992.
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"Whether its ultimate resting-place is deemed to be Fukuyama's liberal democracy or Baudrillard's hyperreality, history, according to a number of pundits, has reached the end of the line. In the inflated debates that have ensued, it is precisely history which has often been ignored, for the conception of posthistoire is far from new. Here, Lutz Niethammer, Germany's leading practitioner of 'history from below',  Read more...
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Niethammer, Lutz, 1939-
Posthistoire.
London ; New York : Verso, ©1992
(OCoLC)988390799
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lutz Niethammer; Dirk van Laak
ISBN: 0860913953 9780860913955 086091691X 9780860916918 0860916979 9780860916970
OCLC Number: 26399126
Description: 158 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Invitation to a Tracking of the Zeitgeist --
2. Retrogression: Loss Or Overcoming of History? I. The End of the History of Bourgeois Society? II. Posthistorical Modernization --
3. From 'End State' to 'Exterminism': On Some Sceptical Tropes Used in Diagnosing the Twentieth Century. I. Dialogue of Spirits. II. The Megamachine. III. Nature and Death --
4. Recapitulation --
5. History, Destinies and the Resurrection of the Lord: Metaphors of the Impact of History. I. Hegel's Man on Horseback. II. Junger's Forest Way. The Adventure of Power and the Myth of Nature. The Roulette Wheel of History. The Age of the Titanic. Land and Sea. Passage de la ligne. Excursus: Leading the Leader. Decline into Profundity. Postscript on Forest and Reality. III. De Man's Current. Biographical Note (1). Disappearance of the Dinosaurs. Biographical Note (2). The 'Social Protectorate' --
6. The Blown-Away Angel: On the Posthistory of a Historical Epistemology of Danger. At the Moment of Danger. The Chess Automaton. The Angel. Excursus on Recent Consideration of the Gender of Angels. Thinking History in Danger. Reason Unfit to Fly --
7. The Dissolution of History. I. The Legacy of Salvationist History. II. The Will to Powerlessness. III. History and Posthistoire.
Other Titles: Posthistoire.
Responsibility: Lutz Niethammer in collaboration with Dirk van Laak ; translated by Patrick Camiller.
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History, be it Fukuyama's democracy or Baudrillard's hyperreality, according to a number of pundits, has reached the end of the line. This text traces the idea of hisory's end back to Nietzsche and  Read more...

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.".. a fascinating, provocative and timely piece of intellectual history."--Malcolm Bull, "London Review of Books""Niethammer's book ... tells a much more interesting story than Fukuyama's and Read more...

 
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