All that is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity

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"The political and social revolutions of the nineteenth century, the pivotal writings of Goethe, Marx, Dostoevsky, and others, and the creation of new environments to replace the old - all have thrust us into a modern world of contradictions and ambiguities. In this fascinating book, Marshall Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and cultures, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical idealism and a complex, bureaucratic materialism. From a reinterpretation of Karl Marx to an incisive consideration of the impact of Robert Moses on modern urban living, Berman charts the progress of the twentieth-century experience. He concludes that adaptation to continual flux is possible and that therein lies our hope for achieving a truly modern society."--back cover.
 

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This is a very popular and influential book in Iran's intellectual realm.

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This book is a fascinating refutation of many post-modern ideas. In particular, Lyotard's idea of "the decline of meta-narratives". Meta-narratives are as relevant as ever, in particular as we move further into an information age. See for example:
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Contents

Preface
14
The Tragedy of Development
37
Marx Modernism
87
Modernism in the Streets
131
The Modernism of Underdevelopment
173
The City Rises the
249
Some Notes on
287
A Shout in the Street
312
Bringing It All Back Home
329
Notes
349
37
363
71
370
Index
371
115
376
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