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Marshall Berman

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 1982

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Historical Context: The Evolution of Modernity

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity explores the depths of modernity not as a fleeting moment in history but as a complex, ongoing process that began in the 16th century and continued to shape the world during the time period in which Berman wrote the text (and continues to do so today). This historical context is essential for understanding how modernity, with its roots in the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, has transformed societies, cultures, and individual identities across the globe. Berman traces the evolution of modernity through significant historical events and figures, such as the French Revolution, which epitomized the modern desire for political and social transformation, and the industrial advancements that drastically altered economic structures and urban landscapes.

The book situates modernity within a socio-historical framework that encompasses the rise of capitalism, the development of modern nation-states, and the subsequent socio-political upheavals that have defined the modern era. Berman examines the dialectical nature of modernity, characterized by the constant tension between progress and destruction, innovation and alienation. This historical perspective highlights the multifaceted impact of

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