Great War Modernisms and the New Age Magazine: Historicizing by Paul Jackson

By Paul Jackson

The literary journal The New Age brought
together a various set of intellectuals. opposed to the backdrop of the First
World struggle, they selected to write down approximately greater than modernist artwork and aesthetics. By
closely interpreting and contextualizing their contributions, Paul Jackson's study
engages with the political and philosophical responses of literary artists to
modernity. Jackson demonstrates the necessity to interpret modernism now not only as an
aesthetic phenomenon,but inherently associated with politics and philosophy.

By putting the writing of a canonical modernist, Wyndham Lewis, opposed to a
figure frequently excluded from the modernist canon, H.G. Wells, Jackson examines
further a wartime modernism that embraced socialist and political beliefs. This
reinterpretation of modernism offers a historicised knowing of the
politicised hopes of artists selling progressive types of cultural renewal.
Considering modernist writers' courting among politics,philosophy and
aesthetics within the context of overall warfare Jackson encourages new
cultural-historical definitions of modernism. additionally this learn provides
the first shut research of cultural contributions from a number one wartime
Little journal, tracing the unconventional modernist debates that constructed in its

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For example, Orage regularly called not merely for the nationalization of key industries, especially shipping, but ultimately wanted organized labour to take over the economic organization of the country through the establishment of the proposed series of national guilds. We can see in the following chapter some of the technical details here, with regard to Hobson’s analysis of wartime economics. Orage’s commentaries, meanwhile, linked the major theme of revolution with the weekly flow of the war.

Indd 30 6/7/2001 2:01:41 PM A. R. Orage and Modernist Publicism 31 Regarding the final ‘mighty’ political event, revolutions in Russia, when responding to the February Revolution, Orage praised the fact that the country now enjoyed fresh liberties. With each war Russia fought in, he asserted the nation made great sociopolitical advances, citing the emancipation of the Serfs after the Crimean war alongside the creation of the Duma after the Russo-Japanese war as the precedents of this trend. In keeping with this tendency, the ‘Russian Revolution’, Orage stressed, ‘even if it should now experience the dangers of reaction and counter-revolution .

51 War had not lifted the world out of liminality. Meanwhile, despite his praise for Wilson’s presence on the international stage, Orage also believed that the new League of Nations would stymie attempts to overcome Europe’s crisis. Indeed, the creation of the League following the war was the political development that he feared most. indd 36 6/7/2001 2:01:42 PM A. R. Orage and Modernist Publicism 37 the grounds that it failed to present an economic solution to the origins of war. Rather, Orage stressed that the only way to curtail the potential for massive international wars was for the inauguration of a new economic system internationally.

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