The Long Revolution
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|Format:||Paperback, 422 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 December 2011|
Raymond Williams was one of the world's leading cultural critics. With this book, Williams brilliantly documents the exciting birth of the popular press, and explores the growth of the reading public in English-speaking culture in Western Society. The 'Long Revolution' of the title is the third revolution of culture after the democratic revolution and the industrial revolution. Almost uniquely, William's work bridged the divides between aesthetic and socio-economic inquiry, between Marxist thought and mainstream liberal thought, and between the modern and post-modern world. Continuing the theme he began so successfully in Culture and Society, Williams examines the gradual change, which took over our political, economic, and cultural life. He placed special emphasis on the 'creative mind' in relation to social and cultural thinking. After discussing the theory of culture he turns to a fascinating historical study of such institutions as education and the press, traces the development of a common language, and reveals the links between ideas, literary forms, and social history.
About the Author
Raymond Williams was born in the Welsh border village of Pandy in 1921. He was educated at Abergavenny Grammar School and at Trinity College, Cambridge and he served in the Second World War as a Captain in the 21st Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. After the war he began an influential career in education with the Extra Mural Department at Oxford University. His life-long concern with the interface between social development and cultural process marked him our as one of the most perceptive and influential intellectual figures of his generation. Alongside his hugely influential literary criticism, Williams' most well-known work is his novel, 'Border Country' (1960) which was the first of a trilogy of novels with a predominantly Welsh theme or setting, and his engagement with Wales continued in the political thriller 'The Volunteers' (1978), 'Loyalties' (1985) and the massive two-volume 'People of the Black Mountains' (1988-90). He died in 1988.
|Publisher: ||Parthian Books|
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 13.0 x 3.0 centimeters (0.41 kg)|