Tag / recommendation
The Kulturgeschichte der Neuzeit is Friedell’s main work, capturing him for the better part of his last 15-or-so years. It is a wild ride through European history from the Black Death in 1348 until World War I, playing homage to many of the geniuses, kings, and lost souls of what he calls the Neuzeit, the pre-modern and early modern age.
Ross‘ book was among the first I read on Taiwan and is still among my favourites. It reads like a kind of reading journal, or rather, like going to your dry-humoured neighbour (the one with shelves up every wall) to borrow a book and not leaving for the afternoon because both of you can’t really decide which one to pick.