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Heritage of Our Times

Heritage of Our Times

By Ernst Bloch
Translated by Neville and Stephen Plaice

Heritage of Our Times is a brilliant examination of modern culture and its legacy by one of the most important and deeply influential thinkers of the 20th century.

Through a montage of separate analyses, Bloch explores the cultural dimensions of our "age of transition," and offers a powerful defense of unclaimed ideas and images from the past and present. He argues that the key elements of genuine cultural tradition are not just to be found in the conveniently closed and neatly labelled ages of the past, but also in the open and experimental cultural process of our times. Included in this edition are the writings which formed Bloch's cental contribution to the Expressionist debate of the 1930s.

One of the most compelling aspects of this work is a contemporary analysis of the rise of Nazism. It probes ts bogus roots in German history and mythology at the very moment when the ideologies of Blood and Soil and the Blond Beast were actually taking hold of the German people.

Originally published in Germany in 1935, Heritage of Our Times is an astonishingly prescient book, literally before its time. The breadth and depth of its vision, together with the rich diversity of Bloch's interests, ensure its place as one of the key books of the 20th century.

Paperback
382 Pages
Polity Books, 2009
6.3 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
ISBN 9780745647111

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