The Education of Henry Adams

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Cosimo, Inc., 2008 M01 24 - 456 pages
Originally written for close friends and family The Education of Henry Adams was released to the public only after the death of its author, American historian HENRY BROOKS ADAMS (1838-1918), a member of the Adams political family, Harvard professor of medieval history, and a journalist dedicated to exposing corruption. A reflective chronicle of life as a man crossing eras, Adams details how he saw the world around him change from the 19th century to the 20th. The schooling he had as a child left him wholly unprepared for the newer, faster world. The 20th century was dominated by scientific development, and Adams's education had been grounded in classical literature and history-areas that, he believed, offered no real advantages to modern man. Readers interested in historical periods of transition will find this autobiography a moving and thoughtful way to access the stresses and fears of those who lived through the last great societal shift.
 

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QUINCY 18381848
13
BOSTON 18481854
30
WASHINGTON 18501854
45
HARVARD COLLEGE 18541858
57
BERLIN 18581859
71
ROME 18591860
82
TREASON 18601861
96
DIPLOMACY 1861
107
CHAOS 1870
261
FAILURE 1871
274
TWENTY YEARS AFTER 1892
287
CHICAGO 1893
302
SILENCE 18941898
315
INDIAN SUMMER 18981899
329
THE DYNAMO AND THE VIRGIN 1900
344
TWILIGHT 1901
354

FOES OR FRIENDS 1862
123
POLITICAL MORALITY 1862
138
THE BATTLE OF THE RAMS 1863
158
ECCENTRICITY 1863
169
THE PERFECTION OF HUMAN SOCIETY 1864
182
DILETTANTISM 18651866
194
DARWINISM 18671868
208
THE PRESS 1868
220
PRESIDENT GRANT 1869
235
FREE FIGHT 18691870
247
TEUFELSDROCKH 1901
365
THE HEIGHT OF KNOWLEDGE 1902
377
THE ABYSS OF IGNORANCE 1902
386
VIS INERTIAE 1903
395
THE GRAMMAR OF SCIENCE 1903
406
VIS NOVA 19031904
417
A DYNAMIC THEORY OF HISTORY 1904
427
A LAW OF ACCELERATION 1904
440
NUNC AGE 1905
449
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Page 18 - The bearing of the two seasons on the education of Henry Adams was no fancy; it was the most decisive force he ever knew; it ran through life, and made the division between its perplexing, warring, irreconcilable problems, irreducible opposites, with growing emphasis to the last year of study. From earliest childhood the boy was accustomed to feel that, for him, life was double.
Page 20 - From cradle to grave this problem of running order through chaos, direction through space, discipline through freedom, unity through multiplicity, has always been, and must always be, the task of education, as it is the moral of religion, philosophy, science, art, politics, and economy...

About the author (2008)

Henry Adams was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 16, 1838, the son of American diplomat Charles Francis Adams and grandson of President John Quincy Adams. Educated at Harvard University, he worked in Washington, D.C., as his father's secretary before embarking on a career in journalism and later in teaching. A prominent American historian, he wrote several important historical works. His works include The Education of Henry Adams, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, Esther: A Novel, and Democracy: An American Novel. He died on March 27, 1918 at the age of 80.

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