By Theodore Dalrymple
Western Europe is in a surprisingly neurotic of being boastful and terrified while. at the one hand, Europeans think they've got eventually created a great social and political process within which guy can reside conveniently. in lots of methods, issues have by no means been larger at the outdated continent. nevertheless, there's becoming nervousness that Europe is readily falling in the back of in an competitive, globalized international. Europe is on the vanguard of not anything, its demographics are quickly remodeling in unsettling methods, and the traditional probability of barbarian invasion has resurfaced in a clean manifestation.
In The New Vichy Syndrome, Theodore Dalrymple strains this malaise again to the nice conflicts of the final century and their devastating results upon the eu psyche. From problems with faith, classification, colonialism, and nationalism, Europeans carry a miserablist” view in their background, person who alternates among indifference and outright contempt of the prior. Today’s Europeans now not think in something yet own monetary protection, an elevated way of life, shorter operating hours, and lengthy vacation trips in unique locales.
The consequence, Dalrymple asserts, is an unwillingness to maintain eu achievements and the dismantling of western tradition by way of Europeans themselves. As vapid hedonism and competitive Islamism fill this cultural void, Europeans don't have any one else guilty for his or her plight.
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The foreword to the Authorized Version criticized the ‘scrupulosity of the Puritans’ who ‘put washing for Baptism’. 80 83 Hammond (1982), 210. Hermans (1992), 108. 81 Quoted in Borowski (1999), 29. 82 Quoted in Kelly (1979), 208. Cultures of translation in early modern Europe 29 Faced with the problem of translating Christianity beyond Europe, different missionaries chose different options. 84 In the Philippines, they used the Spanish words ‘Dios’, ‘Esp´ıritu Santo’ and ‘Jesu-Cristo’, whether to avoid the risk of misunderstanding or because they believed in the superiority of Spanish.
50 These manuscript translations include Spanish versions of More’s Utopia, Sidney’s Defence of Poetry, Montaigne’s Essays, Cambini’s history of the Turks, Spandugino’s account of the Turks, the two Guicciardinis, Francesco and Ludovico (both translated by King 49 50 Of all these authors, Machiavelli has been studied with most care: Gerber (1911–13). Love (1993); Bouza (2001). 51 Again, a German translation of the Italian historian Sabellico (by Thomas Murner, more famous as a critic of Luther), like an English translation of the history of England by the Italian humanist Polydore Vergil, remained unpublished in the early modern period.
Turning to political and social thought, we find that More’s Utopia, written in Latin, was available in six printed translations before the end of the sixteenth century (one each in German, Italian, English and Dutch and two in French). In the case of the Reformation, translation was even more important. Erasmus wrote in Latin in order to be read all over Europe, but to reach ordinary people he needed the help of translators. 122 Works by Luther, notably his catechisms, were translated into ten vernaculars between 1517 and 1546.
The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism by Theodore Dalrymple