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Between Cultures: Europe and Its Others in Five Exemplary Lives (Intellectual History of the Modern Age) Hardcover – December 1, 2015
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"Between Cultures is an engaging, insightful, and highly original study. The variety of individuals and cultures that Seigel examines makes this a daring and challenging project, and he pulls it off with considerable skill and conviction."—Dane Kennedy, George Washington University
"Jerrold Seigel is one of the greatest practitioners of intellectual history in our time—and this account of five exemplary individuals, who produced great works while inhabiting two different cultures simultaneously, speaks to all of his strengths: his psychological insight, combined with a deep knowledge of the social sciences as well as world history; his philosophical sophistication, allied with an anthropologist's interest in all that initially seems alien; and his profound compassion for the 'human, all too human,' which is evident on every page of this exemplary study."—James Miller, author of Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche and The Passion of Michel Foucault
"Jerrold Seigel, one of our most astute commentators on the Western self, now explores the lives and writings of five remarkable men moving between modern cultural worlds. From Richard Burton to Orhan Pamuk, Seigel leads us on a fascinating journey where religion, eros, politics, and violence are all brought into play across regimes of colonial conflict. An absorbing examination of loss and discovery, Between Cultures gives us powerful new insights into what belonging can mean in our entangled universe."—Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto
About the Author
Jerrold Seigel is Kenan Professor of History, Emeritus, at New York University. He is author of Modernity and Bourgeois Life: Society, Politics, and Culture in England, France and Germany Since 1750 and The Idea of the Self: Thought and Experience in Western Europe Since the Seventeenth Century.