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SummaryThe Decline of the West (Oxford Paperbacks) by Oswald Spengler Since its first publication in two volumes between 1918-1923, The Decline of the West has ranked as one of the most widely read and most talked about books of our time. In all its various editions, it has sold nearly 100,000 copies. A twentieth-century Cassandra, Oswald Spengler thoroughly probed the origin and "fate" of our civilization, and the result can be (and has been) read as a prophesy of the Nazi regime. His challenging views have led to harsh criticism over the years, but the knowledge and eloquence that went into his sweeping study of Western culture have kept The Decline of the West alive. As the face of Germany and Europe as a whole continues to change each day, The Decline of the West cannot be ignored.
The abridgment, prepared by the German scholar Helmut Werner, with the blessing of the Spengler estate, consists of selections from the original (translated into English by Charles Francis Atkinson) linked by explanatory passages which have been put into English by Arthur Helps. H. Stuart Hughes has written a new introduction for this edition.
In this engrossing and highly controversial philosophy of history, Spengler describes how we have entered into a centuries-long "world-historical" phase comparable to late antiquity. Guided by the philosophies of Goethe and Nietzsche, he rejects linear progression, and instead presents a world view based on the cyclical rise and decline of civilizations. He argues that a culture blossoms from the soil of a definable landscape and dies when it has exhausted all of its possibilities.
Despite Spengler's reputation today as an extreme pessimist, The Decline of the West remains essential reading for anyone interested in the history of civilization.
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"Mikhail Chekhov v zapadnom teatre i kino" (Mikhail Chekhov in Western Theatre and Cinema) (560 pp.) It was published in St.Petersburg by Akademicheski proekt and the Alexander Institute of University of Helsinki, (series: Sovremennaia zapadnaia rusistika) ISBN 5-7331-0212-8.
The book was accepted as a Ph.D. dissertation by the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, in October. The book is a complete chronological history of Mikhail Chekhov´s work as actor, director and teacher in emigration. Sharon Marie Carnicke writes in her final report to University of Helsinki: " --- Liisa Byckling employed research methods of the highest order to collect her material, assembling an enormous amount of information from the various countries in which Chekhov worked (Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, France, England and the United States). She uncovered information about his acting, about the several studios and schools he established (most notably in Dartington, England, and Ridgefield, Connecticut), and about his many directorial projects that came to fruition in the West. She relied upon archives, periodical reviews, personal interviews, and rare books in the absence of other sources. Remarkable as well, has been her ability to organize this mass of information into an elegant chronological tale.
--- As such, the book will become an invaluable resource to scholars who wish to examine any aspect of Chekhov's work."
The book is available from the publishers. Contact Mrs. Elina Kahla, Alexander Institute, Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies, Po Box 4, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland * e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org * http://www.halvi.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri
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