Fin-De-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Cultureby Carl E. Schorske
"Not only is it a splendid exploration of several aspects of early modernism in their political context; it is an indicator of how the
A landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time: a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art and thought was born.
"Not only is it a splendid exploration of several aspects of early modernism in their political context; it is an indicator of how the discipline of intellectual history is currently practiced by its most able and ambitious craftsmen. It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism's defiant suggestion that history is obsolete."
-- David A. Hollinger, History Book Club Review
"Each of [the seven separate studies] can be read separately....Yet they are so artfully designed and integrated that one who reads them in order is impressed by the book's wholeness and the momentum of its argument."
-- Gordon A. Craig, The New Republic
"A profound work...on one of the most important chapters of modern intellectual history" -- H.R. Trevor-Roper, front page, The New York Times Book Review
"Invaluable to the social and political historian...as well as to those more concerned with the arts" -- John Willett, The New York Review of Books
"A work of original synthesis and scholarship. Engrossing."
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Caveat: the writing is verbose and arrogant. The reader must have fortitude and forgiveness of the labyrinthine writing to forge through this monumental work.
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.)
I suggest this book to anyone interested in history, culture, Europe or Vienna. It may prove too impermeable for anyone else.