By John Stokes
The across the world unique students who've contributed to this well timed booklet have been requested to participate in a collaborative act of demystification: a reconsideration of the eschatological principles of the final fin de sicle, the Eighteen Nineties, within the gentle of the serious considered the Nineteen Nineties. Their essays draw upon a variety of methods, and are generally interdisciplinary. All are characterized by means of the realisation that, with a century's hindsight, the past due 1800s could be obvious now not a lot as a interval of decadence as of discovery and development.
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This was the essence of urban degeneration theory which fused degradation and 'generation' into a condition which was inexorable, because inherited and, in tum, transmitted; a pathology that was, as Galton and others saw it, consuming the very life blood of the imperial body. The 'hooligan', brought into public view about 1898, neatly exposed another contradiction. Were hooligans the exhausted product of an exhausted civilisation, or were they 'just the kind of rough boys needed as a warrior class to defend the Empire '?
One of them was the belief that all was not well with the physical and the moral condition of the Anglo-Saxon race, in the context of an ideology to which we can apply the convenient description 'social Darwinism'. The compelling power of the resources of prejudice, blind faith and misinformation, on the subject of fitness for survival, during the fin de siec1e, can be documented from the journalism and the fiction of the period. At the outset an example from George Gissing's novel of 1897, The Whirlpool, makes the point.
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Fin de Siècle/Fin du Globe: Fears and Fantasies of the Late Nineteenth Century by John Stokes