Rethinking Vienna, 1900

Rethinking Vienna, 1900


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Rethinking Vienna, 1900 by Steven Beller

Fin-de-siècle Vienna remains a central event in the birth of the century's modern culture. Our understanding of what happened in those key decades in Central Europe at the turn of the century has been shaped in the last years by an historiography presided over by Carl Schorske's Fin de Siècle Vienna and the model of the relationship between politics and culture which emerged from his work and that of his followers. Recent scholarship, however, has begun to question the main paradigm of this school, i.e. the "failure of liberalism."

This volume reflects not only a whole range of the critiques but also offers alternative ways of understanding the subject, most notably though the concept of "critical modernism" and the integration of previously neglected aspects such as the role of marginality, of the market and the larger Central and European context. As a result this volume offers novel ideas on a subject that is of unending fascination and never fails to captivate the Western imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571811394
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2001
Series: Austrian History, Culture and Society Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Steven Beller is an Independent Scholar who lives in Washington, D.C.

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Steven Beller

Chapter 1. Vienna 1900 Revisited: Paradigms and Problems

Allan Janik

Chapter 2. Rethinking the Liberal Legacy

Pieter M. Judson

Chapter 3. Fin de Siècle or Jahrhundertwende : The Question of an Austrian Sonderweg

James Shedel

Chapter 4. Theodor Herzl and Richard von Schaukal: Self-Styled Nobility and the Sources of Bourgeois Belligerence in Prewar Vienna

Michael Burri

Chapter 5. Marginalizations: Politics and Culture beyond Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

Scott Spector

Chapter 6. Freud’s “Vienna Middle”

Alfred Pfabigan

Chapter 7. Popper’s Cosmopolitanism: Culture Clash and Jewish Identity

Malachi Haim Hacohen

Chapter 8. A Matter of Professionalism: Marketing Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

Robert Jensen

Chapter 9. The Image of Women in Painting: Clichés and Reality in Austria-Hungary, 1895–1905

Ilona Sármány-Parsons

Chapter 10. Afterthoughts about Fin-de-Siècle Vienna : The Problem of Aesthetic Culture in Central Europe

Mary Gluck

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