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

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

by Steven Beller
 
A study of the role played by Jews in the Viennese explosion of cultural innovation at the turn of the century, which began in the years following the Ausgleich of 1867, and ended with the prewar events of the 1930s.

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A study of the role played by Jews in the Viennese explosion of cultural innovation at the turn of the century, which began in the years following the Ausgleich of 1867, and ended with the prewar events of the 1930s.

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On the history of Austrian Jews from their flourishing under Emperor Franz Joseph, through World War I and the Hitler years, to the election of Kurt Waldheim. Describes the rapid rise and tragic extinction of the greatest Jewish community of its time. Beller (research fellow, Cambridge U.) studies the role played by Jews in the explosion of cultural innovation in Vienna at the turn of the century. He views the result of the Jewish backgrounds of most of the leading cultural figures and their reactions to being Jewish. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"The solidity of his research, clarity and sophistication of his argumentation, and...felicity of his style combine to produce a book from which one can learn much and with pleasure." Mark Webber, Canadian Journal of History

"...this work commands enormous respect for its percipient and sensitive handling of an outstanding generation of Jews." L'Eylah

"Beller's is a bold, exciting, and largely convincing attempt to explain content in terms of origins. It is not the last word, but it will take its place as a major contribution." London Review of Books

"The book blossoms into a lucid, intellectual study, culminating in a discussion of the ethical links between the work of Arnold Schönberg, Karl Kraus and Ludwig Wittgenstein...the argument is exciting." The Times Higher Education Supplement

"The importance of Jews in Vienna's cultural life has often been noted, but Steven Beller is the first to offer a statistical analysis and breakdown." Dana Mack, Commentary

"...a well researched book that offers some pertinent information about an intellectually exciting and confusing period of time." Glenn R. Sharfman, Jewish Quarterly Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521351805
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/24/1989
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.79(d)

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