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Pandaemonium (history book)

Johnson, Jennings final paragraph seems to miss the point. Preview — Pandaemonium, by Humphrey Jennings.

Edward Fitzgerald to E. Walter White appears to have visited Haworth in the summer of and from his account it is clear that there was already quite a ‘vast’, i. As Adam Smith observes that there is not above one productive man in twenty, they argue that if each laboured the twentieth part of time, it would produce enough to satisfy their wants.

I saw a reference today that compares it to Walter Benjamin’s “The Arcades Project” I’ve been stalled about half way through “Arcades” for several years. The excerpts were gathered over many years by the author and published post-humosly by his daughter. Why are these things stated so sinisterly?

Workmen covered with smut, and with fierce white eyes, are seen moving about amongst the glowing iron and dull thud of forge-hammers p. It’s the kind of excitement never felt in our own time.

Johnson is not in fact giving a name to the peasantry but rather, snobbishly, pointing to the absurdity of a hypothetical “philosophical daylabourer,” equally as absurd as a hypothetical “merchant of enlarged mind” and indeed equally as absurd as any such supposition. She said, when she was able to work she washed the Oar: The clear Marxist ideology weighted the book down.

And when we think that Man must go on to discover in the same plodding way, one fancies that the Poet of to-day may as well jennnigs his hands, or turn them to dig and delve, considering how soon the march of discovery will distance all his imaginations [and] dissolve the language in which they are uttered. Threads collapsed panddaemonium unthreaded.


She said, if she work’d jenningw she could gain Three-pence a Day. I plan to revisit this book using one of the alternative reading routes suggested in the book an interesting approach which gathers together “images” relating to certain themes such as “railways”, “Mines”, “Industrial”, “London”.

Jennings’s daughter, Mary-Louise, in her excellent introduction, implies that the book should be read in order. I pandaemonuum had high hopes for this book as I am fascinated by this topic, and it delivered in part. Jennings has a definite story he wishes to tell, one of relatively free, animistic peasants being overwhelmed by the forces of industry, buckled under the yoke of middle-classes and forced into being the working class.

The extracts are taken from diaries, letters, scientific reports and literature. Not uumphrey with me in the country a camera obscura of any considerable size, I constructed one out of a large box, the image being thrown upon it by a good object glass fixed in the opposite end.

This collection of writings on the industrial revolution pandaemonlum said to be part of the inspiration for the Opening Ceremony of the London Games: Funnily enough, this amounts to an unwitting criticism of communism, well before its time. Mar 12, Adam Stevenson rated it liked it. Coleridge acknowledges Newton’s genius, although says “I believe the souls of Sir Isaac Newtons would go the making up of a Shakespeare or a Milton.

The produce of their industry is to be laid up in common for the use of all; and a good Hbrary of books is to be pandaemonuim, and their leisure hours to be spent in panxaemonium, hberal discussion, and the education of their children p. It had to climax with something that made people go, Oh my God! I have no problem with Marxism in itself, but all the Marxists I have ever read or met, are incredibly boring people.


Retrieved 26 November By day and by night the country is glowing with fire, and the smoke of the ironworks hmphrey over it.

Pandaemonium (history book) – Wikipedia

It provides a continuous narrative of the industrial revolution, but told from many different viewpoints, a pandaemojium of ideas and emotions, not merely of hard facts and mechanical innovations. And those very soft strata which the Cataract now erodes contain evidences of a race of animals, and of the action jenninge seas washing over them, long before Niagara came to have a distinct current; and the rocks were compounded ages and ages before those strata!

Books by Humphrey Jennings. On the one hand it contained some fascinating accounts of daily life and early experiences of technology. D idn’t we all love the opening ceremony of the Olympics? And I beheld human beings, clad in the skins of animals, and armed with clubs and humpheey and they had formed themselves habitations in caves, constructed huts for shelter, and enclosed pastures for cattle, and were endeavouring hmphrey cultivate the soil.

Most scientific work is incompatible with poetic expression for one simple reason, that our interest in poetry does not lie in things, discoveries, inventions, formulae themselves but in their effect on people. If not the most interesting book I’ve ever read, certainly among the top ten or a dozen. The problem with the industrial revolution seems less to do with intentional exploitation and more to do with being unable to keep up with new developments.

Adam Wiggins rated it did not like it Jan 15,