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What is modernism?

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Modernism is a historical and artistic period ranging from around 1865 until the end of World War II. Modernism parallels the rise of industrialism and technology. Modernism is also considered to be a varied response (political, philosophical and artistic) to the challenges of a new fast-paced world and a response to the work of thinkers such as Freud, Marx, Nietzsche and Darwin who, in each their own ways, challenged humanity to consider how culture is a construction, not something inherent. And with Darwin, the awakening was a challenge to ideological authority (in his case, particularly the authority of the Bible) and therefore a challenge to the traditional foundations of morality, science and social life. So, Modernism was a rethinking of past beliefs and attempts to...

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modernism is something of being modern or advancede in every aspect of your life.keeping your thought broad for your life challenge is modernism.this this can be found in the litreate people who know the meaning of it

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