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.
About the Author
Steven Beller is an Independent Scholar who lives in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
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Notes on Contributors
Chapter 1. Vienna 1900 Revisited: Paradigms and Problems
Chapter 2. Rethinking the Liberal Legacy
Pieter M. Judson
Chapter 3. Fin de Siècle or Jahrhundertwende : The Question of an Austrian Sonderweg
Chapter 4. Theodor Herzl and Richard von Schaukal: Self-Styled Nobility and the Sources of Bourgeois Belligerence in Prewar Vienna
Chapter 5. Marginalizations: Politics and Culture beyond Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
Chapter 6. Freud’s “Vienna Middle”
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
Chapter 9. The Image of Women in Painting: Clichés and Reality in Austria-Hungary, 1895–1905
Chapter 10. Afterthoughts about Fin-de-Siècle Vienna : The Problem of Aesthetic Culture in Central Europe