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WILLIAM J. BOUWSMA. The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga. We have come a long way since Bury informed us so firmly that history is a science. The Waning of the Middle Ages has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat said : Bought this by mistake thinking it was a book by Burckhardt, which was ob. Brilliant study of art, life and thought in France and the Netherlands during the 14th and 15th centuries explores the period’s splendor and simplicity, courtesy.

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Johan Huizinga is the greatest of all Dutch cultural historians, whose fascination with the past speaks from every page of his work.

He treats different areas and periods with equal ease: In he achieved international renown with Herfsttij der Middeleeuwenin which he presented a dazzling panorama of the cultural history of France and the Netherlands in the age of the Dukes of Burgundy.

That same year his critical biography of the great humanist Erasmus appeared, in English as mifdle as in Dutch. Huuizinga he believed that he could detect disturbing developments even in his own west European cultural environment: He wrote about this in his In de schaduwen van morgen In the Shadow of Tomorrowa bestseller in Dutch and in many other languages.


From then on, he was also considered a cultural critic. Huizinga gained further international renown with his Homo ludensin which he framed the bold hypothesis that culture has emerged in all the great civilisations in the form of a game.

In particular, the constitution, jurisprudence, warfare, culture in the narrower sense had their origin in serious games. This debatable but masterly study helped to make his name as a cultural philosopher. His broad outlook and interdisciplinary approach, his concern with intellectual history and his evocative style made him — despite his expressly conservative views — one of the most modern of Dutch historians.

In a sense, this rendered him immune to changing fashion and imbued his work with a timeless and fresh appeal. To the world when it was half a thousand years younger, the outlines of all things seemed more clearly marked than to us.

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The contrast between suffering and joy, between adversity and happiness, appeared more striking. All experience had yet to the minds of men the directness and absoluteness of the wning and pain of child-life.

Every event, every action, was still embodied in expressive and solemn forms, which raised them to the dignity of a ritual. For it was not merely the great facts of birth, marriage and death which, by the sacredness of the sacrament, were raised to the rank of mysteries; incidents wanong less importance, like waninv journey, a task, a visit, were equally attended by a thousand formalities: In addition, he was appointed editor of the literary journal De Gids and chairman of the Division of Letters of the Royal Dutch Academy of the Sciences.


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Herfsttij der middeleeuwen Revised and illustrated edition by Contact Publishers, 40, copies sold of edition. Details Herfsttij der middeleeuwen Revised and illustrated edition by Contact Publishers, 40, copies sold of edition Themes: Literary agent Erven Huizinga Estate — J. Wanng and translators Books.