Manliness

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Yale University Press, 2006 - Psychology - 289 pages
17 Reviews
In the wake of the monstrous projects of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and others in the twentieth century, the idea of utopia has been discredited. Yet, historian Jay Winter suggests, alongside the 'major utopians' who murdered millions in their attempts to transform the world were disparate groups of people trying in their own separate ways to imagine a radically better world. This original book focuses on some of the twentieth-century's 'minor utopias' whose stories, overshadowed by the horrors of the Holocaust and the Gulag, suggest that the future need not be as catastrophic as the past. The book is organized around six key moments when utopian ideas and projects flourished in Europe: 1900 (the Paris World's Fair), 1919 (the Paris Peace Conference), 1937 (the Paris exhibition celebrating science and light), 1948 (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), 1968 (moral indictments and student revolt), and 1992 (the emergence of visions of global citizenship). Winter considers the dreamers and the nature of their dreams as well as their connections to one another and to the history of utopian thought. By restoring minor utopias to their rightful place in the recent past, Winter fills an important gap in the history of social thought and action in the twentieth century.
 

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Review: Manliness

User Review  - Hom Sack - Goodreads

This is one of the most boring books I've read. I wish I had quit after the first 50 pages. The author was needlessly long winded, wordy, and obtuse. It drones on and on, uselessly banal, like a ... Read full review

Review: Manliness

User Review  - David - Goodreads

I think the most interesting sentence was the last, "A free society cannot survive if we are so free that nothing is expected of us." I was hoping for a more clear definition of manliness. I left ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter Two Manliness as Stereotype
22
Chapter Three Manly Assertion
50
Chapter Four Manly Nihilism
82
Chapter Five Womanly Nihilism
122
Chapter Six The Manly Liberal
163
Chapter Seven Manly Virtue
190
Conclusion Unemployed Manliness
229
Notes
245
Bibliography
270
Index
281
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