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Posted November 20, 2008
Caveat: the writing is verbose and arrogant. The reader must have fortitude and forgiveness of the labyrinthine writing to forge through this monumental work.<BR/><BR/>And monumental it is. Few books create academic departments, like Freud did with his psychoanalytic theories. Schorske broke new ground by identifying the massive importance of fin-de-siecle Vienna on modern history and thought. He dedicates each essay to particular themes from this period: the Ringstrasse, Freud, Klimt and gardens. The book is by no means exhaustive, however, and scores of academicians have taken up sub-themes spawned from this book (see Janik, LeRider etc.) <BR/><BR/>I suggest this book to anyone interested in history, culture, Europe or Vienna. It may prove too impermeable for anyone else.
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Posted November 3, 2009
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