Cultural pessimism arises with the conviction that the culture of a nation, a civilisation or of humanity itself is in a process of irreversible decline. In an incisive and wide-ranging analysis, Cultural Pessimism: Narratives of Decline in the Postmodern World charts the growth of pessimism in the West during the last decades of the twentieth century.
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Chapter One: Environmental Decline
Chapter Two: Moral Decline: Warfare, Human Rights & the Crime Explosion
Chapter Three: Intellectual Decline: Science & Art
Chapter Four: Political Decline: The 'New' Capitalism
Chapter Five: Cultural Pessimism