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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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Marshall Berman

Berman, a scholar of political theory, urban studies, and modernist culture, possesses a unique blend of academic prowess in and personal insight into the modern condition. His book All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity, published in 1982, synthesizes his takes on the philosophical, social, and urban landscapes of modernity. Berman’s expertise is particularly relevant as he navigates the intersections between modernization—the economic and technological transformation of society—and modernism, the cultural and artistic responses to these changes.

Drawing from an eclectic array of sources—ranging from Goethe’s Faust to the urban planning of New York City—Berman embarks on a comprehensive exploration of modernity’s impact on individual and collective life. His scholarly work is infused with his personal experiences growing up in the Bronx, witnessing firsthand the transformative and often disruptive forces of urban renewal. This personal connection enriches his academic narrative, allowing him to present a nuanced and deeply felt account of the modern experience.

The significance of Berman’s work lies not only in his scholarly contributions but also in his ability to humanize the abstract concepts of modern theory.