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Mr. Peter Watson G. Jr.

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McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

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McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Downing Street

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 3ER

United Kingdom

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The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in the University of Cambridge was established in 1990 through a generous benefaction from the late Dr D M McDonald. The benefaction enabled the University to construct and maintain purpose-built premises ... more

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A Terrible Beauty : The People and Ideas That Shaped the Modern Mind - A History, by Peter Watson

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Peter Watson's A Terrible Beauty is an early sign of the deluge to come. (We're not counting cheaters such as Sir Martin Gilbert, who published the first volume of his History of the Twentieth Century back in 1997.) Watson, a British journalist now working as a research associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, offers a peculiarly sunny view of the past century.
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Peter Watson's A Terrible Beauty is an early sign of the deluge to come. (We're not counting cheaters such as Sir Martin Gilbert, who published the first volume of his History of the Twentieth Century back in 1997.) Watson, a British journalist now working as a research associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, offers a peculiarly sunny view of the past century.
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In telling his tale of the "people and ideas that shaped the modern mind," Watson is working with a staggering cast of characters. Even had he restricted his account to scientists proper, Watson would have set himself a daunting task. But he goes much, much further, sketching the lives of artists and theologians, composers and civil rights activists. "Great works of religion, literature, music, painting, and sculpture fit into this narrative," he writes, since "all cultures have been attempts to come to terms with both the natural and the supernatural world, to create beauty, produce knowledge and get at the truth.
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But to his credit, Watson does not shy away from offences committed, however fraudulently, in science's name. Two of the book's Big Ideas - genetic inheritance and Darwinian evolution - have together sired countless bastard offspring, odious pseudo-scientific theories about racial hierarchies and eugenics.
Does Watson miss anything? Inevitably. But he heads off any criticism by declaring flatly that his book is not intended to be "a definitive intellectual history of the twentieth century - who would dare attempt to create such an entity?
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Watson faults modern art for its "obsession with novelty for its own sake," and for speaking "with less and less confidence" as the century progressed. But perhaps it is Watson's lack of confidence that is the real issue. His discussion of music is particularly derivative and unassured. He ends with serialism and aleatory music in the 1950s, with barely a passing nod to pop music, and nary a whisper about anything else.
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Watson, meanwhile, has created an exquisite mess. His book jumps from story to story, with only the briefest nod to narrative coherence. In a characteristic transitional device, Watson writes that "T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and Adolf Hitler, so different in many ways, had one thing in common - a love of the classical world. He says that the painter Gustav Klimt was, "like [philosopher Otto] Weininger, the son of a goldsmith. But there the similarity ended. On literature, he tells us that "the form of Joyce's Ulysses could not be more different from The Waste Land or Virginia Woolf's Jacob's Room," then adds, "But there are similarities.


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Peter Watson was born in 1943 and educated at the universities of Durham, London and Rome. He was deputy editor of New Society and spent four years as part of the 'Insight' team at the Sunday Times. He was New York correspondent of The Times and has written for the Observer, The New York Times, Punch and the Spectator. He is the author of 13 books and has presented several television programmes about the arts. Since 1998 he has been a Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge.
Previous Books: Ideas (TPB 9780753820896 Sep 06); Terrible Beauty: A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century
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Peter Watson

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Peter Watson was born in 1943 and educated at the universities of Durham, London and Rome.
He was deputy editor of New Society and spent four years as part of the 'Insight' team of The Sunday Times.He was New York correspondent of The Times and has written for the Observer, The New York Times, Punch and The Spectator.
He is the author of thirteen books and has presented several television programmes about the arts.
Since1998 he has been a Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, at the University of Cambridge.
Selected publications
Watson, P. 2006.Ideas: A History.Orion
Watson, P & C. Todeschini.2006.The Medici Conspiracy: Organized Crime, Looted Antiquities, Rogue Museums.Public Affairs.
Watson.P.2001.A Terrible Beauty: The People and Ideas that Shaped the Modern Mind: A History.Orion
Watson, P. 1997.Sothebys: The Inside Story.Bloomsbury.


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Peter Watson
Peter Watson has been a senior editor at the London Sunday Times, the New York correspondent of the daily Times and a columnist for the Observer. He has also written regularly for the New York Times and the Spectator. He is the author of several books of cultural and intellectual history, including Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud, and The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, The Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century. From 1997 to 2007 he was a research associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. He lives in London. Peter also writes gripping and finely researched historical fiction, some of it under a pseudonym.


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Peter Watson has written for the New York Times, the London Sunday Times, Observer, and the Spectator. In June 1997, he was appointed Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of fourteen books including Ideas, The Modern Mind, The Caravaggio Conspiracy, From Manet to Manhattan, Sotheby's: The Inside Story, The Medici Conspiracy, The German Genius and most recently, The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New.
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Peter Watson's The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New is now available.
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Peter Watson's hugely ambitious and stimulating history of ideas from deep antiquity to the present day-from the invention of writing, mathematics, science, and philosophy to the rise of such concepts as the law, sacrifice, democracy, and the soul-offers an illuminated path to a greater understanding of our world and ourselves.
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Peter Watson, a former investigative journalist for the London Sunday Times and author of two previous exposés of art world scandals, names the key figures in this network that has depleted Europe's classical artifacts.
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In this absorbing cultural history, Peter Watson goes back through time to explore the origins of the German genius, how it flourished, and how it continues to shape our world. As he convincingly demonstrates, while we may hold other European cultures in higher esteem, it was German thinking--from Bach to Nietzsche to Freud--that actually shaped modern America and Britain in ways that resonate today.
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In this fascinating and erudite history, Peter Watson ponders these questions central to the human story. By 15,000 BC, humans had migrated from northeastern Asia across the frozen Bering land bridge to the Americas.
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Watson identifies three major differences between the two worlds - climate, domesticable mammals, and hallucinogenic plants - that combined to produce very different trajectories of civilization in the two hemispheres.

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