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Decadence and decay : from ancient Rome to the present

The fear of living in the end times has a long history. The essays in this volume address how notions of decadence and decay have been used both as opprobrium and as a form of self-definition and empowerment an instrument to protect individualism against collectivistic oppression.  

The fear of living in the end times has a long history. In Decadence and Decay, a group of distinguished international scholars describe how societies over time have handled and interpreted the concept of decline. In times of unrest and transition, declinism the notion that a culture or civilisation is headed towards irreversible decline tends to capture the public imagination.  The essays in this volume address how notions of decadence and decay have been used both as opprobrium and as a form of self-definition and empowerment an instrument to protect individualism against collectivistic oppression. From ancient Rome to the present, ideas and expressions of decadence and decay have played a critical role in how we perceive the world.

  • ISBN: 9789198523652
  • Published: 2019-10-04
  • Illustrated. 254x292x38 mm. 294 pages.

Editors

Mattias Hessérus is a historian and Director of Civilisation Studies at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Kurt Almqvist är vd för Axel och Margaret Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse för allmännyttiga ändamål samt ledamot i stiftelsen Hilma af Klints verk.

Authors

University Lecturer and Fellow in Later Roman History, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, UK.

Professor, Department of Computer Science, Old Dominion University, USA.

Dr, BSR Cary Fellow, British School at Rome, Italy, and Senior Fellow at ANAMED Koc University Research Center for Anatolian Civilisations.

William O’Reilly teaches early modern history at the University of Cambridge and is Leibniz Professor of History at the German National Maritime Museum.

Professor of History, Colorado State University-Pueblo, USA.

Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University, USA.

Professor and American Environmental Historian, History Department, Georgetown University, USA.

Professor of History, Colombia University, Department of History, New York, USA.

Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley, USA.

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburg, USA.

Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham, UK.

Dr, Cultural Scientist, Berlin, Germany.

Senior Research Scholar in History, at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA.

Professor of Modern History and Co-Director, Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews.

Mattias Hessérus is a historian and Director of Civilisation Studies at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Andrew Preston is Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Clare College, where he is director of studies in history.

Richard Miles is Professor of Roman History and Archaeology and Vice Provost at the University of Sydney.

Peter Heather is Professor of Medieval History at King’s College London.

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