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Mr. Peter G. Watson Jr.

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University of Cambridge

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University of Cambridge

Downing Street

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 3EG

United Kingdom

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The Cambridge Canadian Studies Initiative (CCSI) was founded in 2004, creating a new focal point for Canadian Studies at the University of Cambridge. The CCSI was widely welcomed as reestablishing an institutional presence for Canadian Studies at Cambri ... 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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