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Whilst modern can simply mean something that is up-to-date, trendy, or new, it can also refer to modernity - the period of time since about 1500 (the end of the Middle ages) or to modernism, an artistic and cultural movement which lasted from the 1850s until the 1950s. [Jun 2006]

Related: avant-garde - city - contemporary - enlightenment - hip, cool, trendy, ... - industrial revolution - mod - modernism - modernity - renaissance - reproduction

Preceded by : Middle Ages - Renaissance

The Crystal Palace (1851) - Joseph Paxton

Eiffel Tower (1889) - Gustave Eiffel

Bauhaus building in Dessau, Germany (1926) - Walter Gropius


See also: http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern


Modernization is the process of changing the conditions of a society, an organization or another group of people in ways that change the privileges of that group according to modern technology or modern knowledge. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernization [Oct 2005]

Etymology the term modern

"of or pertaining to present or recent times," 1500, from M.Fr. moderne, from L.L. modernus "modern," from L. modo "just now, in a (certain) manner," from modo "to the measure," abl. of modus "manner, measure"). In Shakespeare, often with a sense of "every-day, ordinary, commonplace." Slang abbreviation mod first attested 1960. Modern art is from 1849; modern dance first attested 1912; first record of modern jazz is from 1955. Modern conveniences first recorded 1926. Modernize is from 1748 (implied in modernized).

as a movement in the arts, 1929, from modern (q.v.). The word dates to 1737 in the sense of "deviation from the ancient and classical manner" [Johnson, who calls it "a word invented by Swift"]. It has been used in theology since 1901.

1949, from post- + modern. Originally in architecture writing; specific sense in the arts emerged 1960s. Postmodernism defined by Terry Eagleton as "the contemporary movement of thought which rejects ... the possibility of objective knowledge" and is therefore "skeptical of truth, unity, and progress."

Source: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=modern [Aug 2005]

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