In the Shadow of Tomorrow
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By Johan Huizinga
In the Shadow of Tomorrow, first published in 1936, is a commanding analysis of the Western world in the midst of modernity. Johan Huizinga, best known for his landmark studies The Waning of the Middle Ages and Homo Ludens, confronts the anxieties and afflictions of his time—the destruction and disease of war, the decay of art and culture, the emergent spiritual apathy of a world grown weary of itself.
Prophetic and powerful, In the Shadow of Tomorrow is a highly valuable, historically significant treatment of the cultural deterioration in the decades prior to World War II. For, in examining the “modern distemper,” Huizinga provides a cogent diagnosis and remedy that still warrant attention today.
Johan Huizinga (1872–1945) was a Dutch historian, philosopher, and a founder of modern cultural history. He was professor of history at Gronigen University from 1905 to 1915 and at Leiden University from 1915 to 1942, when the Nazis imprisoned him in a concentration camp. Huizinga lived out his life in exile. His works in English include The Waning of the Middle Ages, Erasmus and the Age of Reformation, and Homo Ludens.