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Searching for Utopia : the history of an idea

Author: Gregory Claeys
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2011.
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Explores the quest for a utopian society throughout history, including examinations of the catalysts that have served as inspiration, and how the search for a utopia by developed countries has hurt third-world countries.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Claeys
ISBN: 9780500251744 0500251746
OCLC Number: 668194730
Notes: "With 206 illustrations, 141 in colour"--t.p.
Description: 224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: The search for Utopia --
The Classical Age : myths, golden ages and ideal constitutions --
Christian archetypes : heaven and hell, millennium and apocalypse --
Extra-European visions of the ideal society : nowhere, Elsewhere --
A genre defined : Thomas More's Utopia --
Paradise found? : voyages of discovery to the new world and beyond --
The age of Defoe and Swift : satires and desert islands --
Revolution and enlightenment : America, France and worlds remade --
Ideal cities : medieval to modern --
Utopia as community : from Shakers to hippies --
The second age of revolution : socialism, communism and anarchism --
Inventing progress : rationalism, technology and modernity as Utopia --
The emergence of science fiction : new worlds above and beyond --
Varieties of dystopia : totalitarianism and after in satire and reality --
Utopia, science fiction and film : the final frontier --
Paradise lost?.
Responsibility: Gregory Claeys.

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Surveys the enduring human need to imagine and construct ideal worlds. This title surveys the influence of the idea of utopia on history, literature, art, architecture and religious and political  Read more...

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