Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture

Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture

by Carl E. Schorske


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394744780
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1980
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 479,546
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carl E. Schorske was born in the Bronx and graduated from Columbia Colege and earned a master’s degree from Harvard before serving in the Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, during World War II. He returned to Harvard for his Ph.D. He was a Dayton-Stockton Professor of History and has served as Director of European Cultural Studies at Princeton University. He was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his book,  Fin-de-Siècle Vienna won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. He died in 2015 at the age of 100.

Table of Contents


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


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Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Natyadevi More than 1 year ago
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.
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