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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The term antimodernism refers to a philosophical orientation which constitutes a rejection of modernist ideals and behavior in favor of what is perceived as a purer historical or even prehistorical way of life and consciousness of mind. As such, antimodernism is neither a singlely definable movement nor a unified set of beliefs, but a vaguely defined gist of thought.

The notion of antimodernty was primarily borne as a part of disillusionment with Europe's industrial revolution in the 19th century, which oversaw one of the the most dramatic periods of social change in human history. Mass urbanisation and industrialisation contributed to the heralding of a markedly different era within a relatively short space of time. This thereby created an environment that was conducive to the rise of ideologies alternative to a mainstream which was a far departure from what was in the hearts and minds of generations in their prime merely decades before.

While not necessarily being anti-technology by nature, antimodernism typically either considers technology as a being a lesser priority of human endeavour, or that in the modern world its utilisation is misapplied and misguided. At the far side of the spectrum, some individuals characterisable as being antimodernist would consider all technology beyond a certain level of advancement as being demonic in either a literal or practical sense.

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