HUIZINGA WANING OF THE MIDDLE AGES PDF

There is not a more dangerous tendency in history than that of representing the past as if it were a rational whole and dictated by clearly defined interests. This trio are often credited with introducing a new more realistic and sensual style into painting in the first half of the fifteenth century. Very much the opposite, as it skips from one incident to another, across decades, between countries, taking excerpts from contemporary chroniclers, philosophers, writers and poets as required, to build up a mosaic of sources to exemplify the theme of each of the 23 chapters. Instead the focus is very much on the kingdoms of France and especially the Duchy of Burgundy, and mostly during the 15th century.

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The Waning of the Middle Ages was groundbreaking cultural study when it was published in He drops a lot of names, assuming that readers automatically know who he is talking about. For example I read the old translation The Waning of the Middle Ages many years ago and found it vivid. I understand this new translation is considered better and conveys a more positive image of the late middle ages. Johan Huizinga December 7, - February 1, , was a Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history.

He became professor of history at the University of Leiden in , and taught there until the University was closed under the Nazi occupation. From then until his death in , he was held in detention by the Nazis. First published in , this brilliant portrait of the life, thought, and art in France and the Netherlands in the 14th and 15th centuries is our most trenchant study of that crucial moment in history when the Middle Ages gave way to the great energy of the Renaissance.

From an analysis of the dominating ideas of the times—those that held the medieval world together, supported its religion and informed its art and literature—emerges the style of a whole culture at the extreme limit of its development. The Waning of the Middle Ages J.

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The Waning of the Middle Ages

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The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga (1919)

Considering theology and mysticism, politics and statesmanship, poetry and painting, marriage and love, Huizinga presents this period in France and the Netherlands as a death of an age, born of intellectual and cultural exhaustion, rather than the dawn of the Renaissance. In this light, the end of the Middle Ages becomes apparent as the logical conclusion of the old, rather than the genesis of the new. The Middle Ages : N either the best of times nor the worst of times. Johan Huizinga — was a Dutch historian, philosopher, and a founder of modern cultural history. He was professor of history at Gronigen University from to and at Leiden University from to , when the Nazis imprisoned him in a concentration camp. Huizinga lived out his life in exile.

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Its subtitle is: "A study of the forms of life, thought and art in France and the Netherlands in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries". In the book, Huizinga presents the idea that the exaggerated formality and romanticism of late medieval court society was a defense mechanism against the constantly increasing violence and brutality of general society. He saw the period as one of pessimism, cultural exhaustion, and nostalgia, rather than of rebirth and optimism. Huizinga's work later came under criticism, especially for relying too heavily on evidence from the rather exceptional case of the Burgundian court.

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The Waning of the Middle Ages was groundbreaking cultural study when it was published in He drops a lot of names, assuming that readers automatically know who he is talking about. For example I read the old translation The Waning of the Middle Ages many years ago and found it vivid. I understand this new translation is considered better and conveys a more positive image of the late middle ages. Johan Huizinga December 7, - February 1, , was a Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history. He became professor of history at the University of Leiden in , and taught there until the University was closed under the Nazi occupation.

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