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Fin De Siecle Vienna : Politics And Culture

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A landmark study of Habsburg Vienna in the late 19th and 20th centuries by one of the truly original scholars of our time. Photos included.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 378 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 25mm | 564g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0394744780
  • 9780394744780
  • 28,368

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A landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time: a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art and thought was born.
"Not only is it a splendid exploration of several aspects of early modernism in their political context; it is an indicator of how the discipline of intellectual history is currently practiced by its most able and ambitious craftsmen. It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism's defiant suggestion that history is obsolete."
-- David A. Hollinger, History Book Club Review
"Each of [the seven separate studies] can be read separately....Yet they are so artfully designed and integrated that one who reads them in order is impressed by the book's wholeness and the momentum of its argument."
-- Gordon A. Craig, The New Republic
"A profound work...on one of the most important chapters of modern intellectual history" -- H.R. Trevor-Roper, front page, The New York Times Book Review
"Invaluable to the social and political historian...as well as to those more concerned with the arts" -- John Willett, The New York Review of Books
"A work of original synthesis and scholarship. Engrossing."
-- Newsweek
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A landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time; a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art and thought was born.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

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

Index
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"Not only is it a splendid exploration of several aspects of early modernism in their political context; it is an indicator of how the discipline of intellectual history is currently practiced by its most able and ambitious craftsmen." --David A. Hollinger
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About Carl E. Schorske

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.
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