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Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age

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A rare and remarkable cultural history of World War I that unearths the roots of modernism

Dazzling in its originality, Rites of Spring probes the origins, impact, and aftermath of World War I, from the premiere of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring in 1913 to the death of Hitler in 1945. Recognizing that “The Great War was the psychological turning point . . . for modernism as a whole,” author Modris Eksteins examines the lives of ordinary people, works of modern ...

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Overview

A rare and remarkable cultural history of World War I that unearths the roots of modernism

Dazzling in its originality, Rites of Spring probes the origins, impact, and aftermath of World War I, from the premiere of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring in 1913 to the death of Hitler in 1945. Recognizing that “The Great War was the psychological turning point . . . for modernism as a whole,” author Modris Eksteins examines the lives of ordinary people, works of modern literature, and pivotal historical events to redefine the way we look at our past and toward our future.

In a remarkable display of originality and discerning historical analysis, Rites of Spring describes the origins, the impact, and the aftermath of the Great War of 1914-1918, arguably the most traumatic event of this century. 16-page, black-and-white photograph insert.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A Fertile Book." -- Paul Fussell

"A bold and unforgetable journey into the heart of our Daemonic century." - Alfred Kazin

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``In a trailblazing, iconoclastic work of cultural history, Eksteins links the modern avant-garde's penchant for primitivism, abstraction and myth-making to the protofascist ideology and militarism unleashed by WW I,'' reported PW . ``This provocative and disturbing reappraisal of modernism rings with authority.'' Photos. (Apr.)
Library Journal
A brilliantly conceived and wonderfully written book of cultural and intellectual history that considers the impact of World War I on the 20th century. Ekstein (history, Toronto) begins by arguing that the ballet The Rite of Spring prefigured the mass psychology that was necessary to the waging of the war. He then carefully elucidates how the soldiers who fought experienced and internalized the horrors of the trenches. The last third of the book deals with the postwar era, considering Lindbergh's flight and its effect on Europe, the best seller All Quiet on the Western Front , and the Hitler phenomenon. Like Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory (LJ 7/75), this will likely become required reading for anyone who seeks to understand the central importance of the Great War to the decades that followed. For both public and college libraries.-- Ann H. Sullivan, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll. Lib., Dryden, N.Y.
Booknews
Describes World War I as the cultural fulcrum on which history turned into the modern age. From the premier of Stravinsky's Rites of Spring in 1913 to the death of Hitler in 1945, Eksteins (history, Toronto) traces the origins, impact and aftermath of the change through the lives and words of ordinary people, works of literature, and such events as Lindberg's flight. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395937587
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: None
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 176,114
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author


Modris Ekstein is a professor of history at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus.
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Table of Contents

Map of the Western Front xi
Preface xiii
Prologue: Venice 1
Act 1
I Paris 9
Vision 9
May 29, 1913 10
Le Theatre Des Champs-Elysees 16
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes 21
Rebellion 33
Confrontation and Liberation 39
Audience 44
Scandal as Success 50
II Berlin 55
Ver Sacrum 55
Overture 64
Technique 70
Capital 73
Kultur 76
Culture and Revolt 80
War as Culture 90
III In Flanders' Fields 95
A Corner of A Foreign Field 95
Guns of August 98
Peace on Earth 109
The Reason Why 115
Victorian Synthesis 128
Is There Honey Still for Tea? 131
Act 2
IV Rites of War 139
Battle Ballet 139
Themes 142
Transvaluation 155
V Reason in Madness 170
Theirs Was Not to Reason Why 170
Duty 176
VI Sacred Dance 192
War God 192
Congregation 202
VII Journey to the Interior 208
War as Art 208
Art as Form 215
Art and Morality 223
Avant-Garde 227
Act 3
VIII Night Dancer 241
The New Christ 242
Star 247
Lest We Forget 252
Itinerary and Symbol 261
New Worlds and Old 267
Associations 271
IX Memory 275
War Boom 275
Life of Death 277
Fame 285
Cloud Juggler 298
X Spring Without End 300
Germany, Awake! 300
Victim Hero 305
Art as Life 311
Myth as Reality 315
"Es Ist Ein Fruhling Ohne Ende!" 325
Acknowledgments 335
Notes 337
Selected Sources 367
Index 371
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  • Posted October 2, 2014

    Rites of Spring is a very interesting analysis of art and cultur

    Rites of Spring is a very interesting analysis of art and culture and the Great War, and Dr. Eksteins is a quite talented prose stylist, but the OCR of the Nook book is disgraceful. Couldn't the publisher have found a literate, financially-strapped undergraduate to proof read the OCR for a couple hundred bucks? Somebody should be ashamed of themselves and the author should be livid at this botch of an e-book.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2014

    Rating the book one star on the basis of the NOOK quality, is wr

    Rating the book one star on the basis of the NOOK quality, is wrong, and does a disservice to readers interested in the content, not technical issues.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2014

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    This is a fine cultural history that I have reread at least twic

    This is a fine cultural history that I have reread at least twice. Elegant and moving.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2014

    A refreshingly unique approach to history

    Sorry this review got so long....I got carried away....Rites of Spring is a fascinating look into the cultural tensions emerging in Europe in the years leading up to the outbreak of the First World War. I loved the use of music and art as a window into social history. It's not often you find a book which incorporates ballet and music as integral to understanding WWI history. I read this for a WWI history class. I usually develop an irritation with books I'm required to read, but this book Ifound absolutely fascinating. It is also a book were passages have stuck with me and I recall years later. I am not exaggerating when I say that his chapter on the Christmas Truce brought tears to my eyes. SPOILER............
    ......... The story of a lone violin playing Silent Night, a German soldier beginning to sing. The British soldiers listening from across the barren wasteland of No Man's Land, and eventually singing along. It was such a beautifully written passage. Not to sound ridiculously sentimental, but I could hear that violin in my head. It brought the scene to a visceral level that I have rarely experienced. Honestly I would recommend this book based on that "scene" alone.

    However, Eksteins makes it clear that the above scene was the outlier of WWI. The Christmas Truce never happened again. In fact, it is made clear that the war devolved quickly into dehumanizing brutality. If you are uncomfortable reading descriptive accounts of the gore and violence of war,I would read with caution.
    In conclusion, the book really forced me to think the deep questions; about humanity and cultural influences on warfare. It is a gripping but heavy read.
    Sidenote: I would recommend listening to at least the beginning of Stravinsky's score for Rite of Spring before reading (its on YouTube). Hearing the disdonant and jarring nature of the score will really assist in understanding the author's argument.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    "Faded Shadow" by SnowDream

    I'm not the person who's fit in at all. <br>
    I'm like a crack on a perfect wall. <br>
    But sometimes it seems that I'm the only one. <br>
    And I just need someone. <p>

    Faded Shadow, <br>
    I'm a Faded Shadow. <br>
    Faded Shadow, <br>
    I'm just a Faded Shadow. <p>


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