Vienna and the Jews, 1867-1938: A Cultural History

Vienna and the Jews, 1867-1938: A Cultural History

by Steven Beller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521407273

ISBN-13: 9780521407274

Pub. Date: 01/28/1991

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book studies the role played by Jews in the explosion of cultural innovation in Vienna at the turn of the century, which had its roots in the years following the Ausgleich of 1867 and its demise in the sweeping events of the 1930s. The author shows that, in terms of personnel, Jews were predominant throughout most of Viennese high culture, and so any attempts

Overview

This book studies the role played by Jews in the explosion of cultural innovation in Vienna at the turn of the century, which had its roots in the years following the Ausgleich of 1867 and its demise in the sweeping events of the 1930s. The author shows that, in terms of personnel, Jews were predominant throughout most of Viennese high culture, and so any attempts to dismiss the "Jewish aspect" of the intelligentsia are refuted. The book goes on to explain this "Jewish aspect," dismissing any unitary, static model and adopting a historical approach that sees the "Jewishness" of Viennese modern culture as a result of the specific Jewish backgrounds of most of the leading cultural figures and their reactions to being Jewish.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521407274
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables; Preface; Introduction; Part I. Jews in Viennese Culture and Society: The Statistical Perspective: 1. Who was a Jew in Vienna at the turn of the century?; 2. How Jewish was fin-de-siècle Vienna?; 3. The social context; 4. Education and class - the position of the Jews in Viennese society; Part II. The Jewish Background to Viennese Culture: 5. Jewish consciousness: Jewish mind?; 6. The distance from tradition; 7. Education; 8. Ethics and the individual; 9. The Enlightenment; 10. German culture; 11. Vienna; 12. Antisemitism; 13. The ethics of outsiders: the cultural response; Conclusion: Vienna and the Jews in perspective; Bibliography; Index.

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