Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture / Edition 1

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Overview

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It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism's defiant suggestion that history is obsolete."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."

-- Newsweek

A landmark study of Habsburg Vienna in the late 19th and 20th centuries by one of the truly original scholars of our time.

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"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." —David A. Hollinger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394744780
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1980
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 403,500
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

I. Politics and the Psyche: Schnitzler and Hofmannstahl

II. The Ringstrasse, Its Critics, and the Birth of Urban Modernism

III. Politics in a New Key: An Austrian Trio

IV. Politics and Patricide in Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams

V. Gustav Klimt: Painting and the Crisis of the Liberal Ego

VI. The Transformation of the Garden

VII. Explosions in the Garden: Kokoschka and Schoenberg

Index

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    Schorske's magnum opus, but inaccessible writing

    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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