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Stranded in the Present: Modern Time and the Melancholy of History

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In this inventive book, Peter Fritzsche explores how Europeans and Americans saw themselves in the drama of history, how they took possession of a past thought to be slipping away, and how they generated countless stories about the sorrowful, eventful paths they chose to follow. In the aftermath of the French Revolution, contemporaries saw themselves as occupants of an utt ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published May 28th 2004 by Harvard University Press
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Stranded in the Present: Modern Time and the Melancholy of History by Peter Fritzsche (Harvard University Press, Cambridge 2004)

Hegel, from his vantage point as professional philosopher in Germany, perceived the Emperor Napoleon on his white horse, followed in close step by the French post-revolutionary army, as history on the move, a distinctly modern conception that was not Hegel’s alone, but one that was shared by almost every person in the European battle zone. History emerged, as metaphor,
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