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Out of Revolution: Autobiography of Western Man

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Originally published in 1938, this book interprets modern Western history as a single 900-year period, initiated by total revolution, and punctuated thereafter by a series of total revolutions which broke out successively in the different European nations.
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Published December 1st 1993 by Berg Publishers (first published August 1st 1993)
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Jeremy
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy was a prophetic polymath. A German academic who fought in WWI, immigrated to America, and taught for nearly 40 years. He's one of those guys who seems to know everything: history, theology, political theory, philosophy, linguistics, sociology, etc. And he weaves it all together in this highly interpretive history of the great revolutions that rocked Europe from the 12th century to the 20th, the results of which are now woven into our modern culture. It is literally shocki ...more
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Nov 04, 2017 added it
- read this over several months, carefully marking up nearly every page and sticking post-its everywhere to form my own little index
- this book reshaped my thinking so fundamentally i'm placing it with Chesterton's "Heretics/Orthodoxy" and St. Augustine's "City of God" for books i'll never stop reading
Troy Martin
Apr 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sociology, l-histoire
FINISHED!
What a book! What a excursion! What a harmony of rabbit trails! What a symphony of I know not what! The book was amazing, frustrating, and has sent me don't so many visions of history's patterns that I feel quite dizzy. Rosenstock-Huessy's goal is to right the theme of the last thousand year as revolution. From the millennium’s first revolution in the heart of the pope against the Holy Roman Emperor (in Hildebrand 900s) to the climax of revolutions in WWI (1914).
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Harley
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve read this book off and on over the past few years. I did not read it cover to cover, but jumped around. There are parts I will come back to, and some that meant nothing to me. Interesting book. ERH is always illuminating if a bit strange.
Leandro Lara
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I strongly recommend this book. Rosenstock shows the begging of revolution in west civilization and unveils each great revolution. He proves that Gregório VII was the great revolutionary of all times.
Luke Echo
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have been skimming through this Rosenstock-Huessy tome. What is this book really about? I have no idea. It is a meandering morass of details and random anecdotes, history, and oddities.

Douglas Hayes
This is one of the most unique and important works of historiography written.

A must read!
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Eugen Rosenstock-Hüssy (July 6, 1888 – February 24, 1973) was a historian and social philosopher, whose work spanned the disciplines of history, theology, sociology, linguistics and beyond. Born in Berlin, Germany into a non-observant Jewish family, the son of a prosperous banker, he converted to Christianity in his late teens, and thereafter the interpretation and reinterpretation of Christianity ...more

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