By Josef Chytry
Mountain of Paradise demanding situations traditional taxonomies of worldwide civilizations by way of introducing a brand new and ambitious candidate: the civilization of higher California shortly incubating because the evolution of California right into a veritable «nation-state» or «world commonwealth» in keeping with modern commentators and students. via a sequence of reflective essays it clarifies the momentous implications of this declare by way of a radical account of the genealogical origins of «California», permutation into its speculative second of self-identity due to lengthy inventive interchange with ecu suggestion and philosophy, development to prestige of a socio-economic powerhouse by means of the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, invention of surprisingly Californian variations of political economic system by means of the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, and current domination over areas previously labeled as «Greater California». In its variety and originality Mountain of Paradise constitutes a strong contribution to present political, social, monetary and worldwide thematics
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In contrast, the original Homeric material begins in the Kupria (authored ostensibly by Arctinus of Miletus) with Zeus’ desire to bring down population growth by inciting a struggle through the dissensions to be caused by the Judgment of Paris; in addition, Dictys’ account also does not begin with Jason and the Argonauts. Both Dares and Benoît de Sainte-Maure give great emphasis to a meeting of Paris and Helen on the isle of Cythera at a temple consecrated to “Vénus” prior to the famed abduction.
See Leonard  and Kripal . 44 Such excellence was responsible not only for epochal discoveries in the pure sciences of astronomy and related astrophysical fields, but also for the more pragmatic sciences of jet propulsion, atomic fission and the construction of both atomic and hydrogen bombs. 46 6. The second stage begins when such elements – the “California” style of life, the willingness to risk new modes of living and esoteric communitarianism, fantasy, scientific cosmic speculation, and the pragmatics of that designer of dreams, Hollywood – became American standards mainly through the effects of the second world war and its immediate aftermath (1945–55).
In the second stage, mainly as a result of the second world war, California would begin its entry into the ranks of the world’s major civilizations. Between 1920 and 1945 Californians developed a new more casual style of life, from home design, clothing, diet, sports and “outdoorsness” to a generalized commitment to the “pursuit of pleasure” that placed them apart from the rest of the United States. These tendencies not only promoted fantasy, esotericism and utopianism that made California the most receptive culture for heterodox religiosities and communities.
Mountain of Paradise: Reflections on the Emergence of Greater California as a World Civilization by Josef Chytry