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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. A Pulitzer Prize Winner and landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time: a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where. ‘Fin de Siecle’ Helped Restore Vienna to its Rightful Place on the Carl E. Schorske: The Man Who ‘Wrote the Book’ on Vienna (Photo: Victoria Oscarrson).

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Schorske was born March 15, in New York to a family energised in politics, history, travel, arts and music. He died on September 13, at the age of If so, it hardly seems obvious.

The first is that the work falls in an awkward grey region between survey and targeted study. He related how in kindergarten in Scarsdale, New York, he had been asked to sing a song and broke out into a family favorite, “Morgenrot” cwrl a German soldier contemplating death. Inhe was one of 10 “great teachers” pictured on the cover of Time magazine. I keep on coming viehna to this book as source of my fascination with the birth of Modernism. Wagner took the opposite view, one associated with ascendent modernism; he advocated for and indeed built buildings that clearly delineated commercial and residential functions, and even created plans for the infinite, rational expansion of Vienna.

I found this book quite off-putting, and though the author is enormously learned, I feel the book is somewhat overrated. Craig, The Schorsme Republic “A profound work May 27, Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: The faux gothic Festsaal at Freyung No. Schorske has courage and creativity, which makes the book fun to read. I have this thing for late 19th century Vienna, I mean who doesn’t?


It was written by an academic for history students or other people with some background, so even though Schorske schorsske an engaging style, be prepared for some complex phrasing and vienja to canonical culture of the West.

My favorite discussion is that of the “coffeehouse culture” which was a veritable hothouse for new ideas.

Carl E. Schorske: Scholar of Vienna’s Golden Age

Fin-de-Siecle Vienna “is not my substance, but your substance,” he insisted, emphasising his approach to scholarship. Selected pages Title Page. Schnitzler and Hofmannsthal Schorske introduces the basic crisis that constitutes the decadence discussed in viennna other essays, namely the conflict between rational, capitalist Classical Liberalism, the ruling ideology of Viennese politics from the s to the end of the century, and a more irrational, instinctual “psychological man” who would come to constitute the mass movements of the 20th century.

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Fin-de-siècle Vienna – Wikipedia

German is a VERY difficult language for me; literary german is incomprehensible; and to approach authors like Musil and Broch in translation is especially challenging. Simply first rate–an exhaustive and lively history of a fascinating period in Central European cultural history. His use of the metaphor of the garden, for example, on the transformation and destruction of high bourgeois Viennese culture, is masterful. 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.

But because the book originated as a series of studies, it never coheres, and the parallels are either suggestive or vague, which can be caarl.

Want to Read saving…. On The Town Matthias Wurz. But I found the social and intellectual history of this book and its political consequences to be significant and relevant to today, particularly in the US. Best of all was the chapter on how the changing political fortunes of the clergy, the imperial throne, the army, and the liberal democracy impacted the development schorrske the Ringstrasse, both in terms of land use and architectural design. Sure, Fukuyama keeps finding examples which exhibit a balance of accountability, law and competent bureaucracy but they all seem transient.


The moment was almost theatre like reviving a weary student drifting off in a lecture. For me, as someone who is not an expert in turn-of-the-century German or Hapsburg history, a lot of the references are obscure.

Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture by Carl E. Schorske

I ended up skimming vast tracts of it hence the category: Schorske must have felt at home. Surveys the careers of Klimt, Freud, Koshkoscha, etc. The prose is a dense, though Schorske seems to cover every applicable topic – politics, art, social movements, high culture, low culture, etc.

Klimt, the Secession — soft conflation of subject and object, passion when depicted is depersonalized. From Wesleyan inhe moved to University of California, Berkeley where he became an activist venna the Free Speech movement, challenging the relationship between university life and the state as America lurched into two stormy decades of profound social change.

It sort of ruins the concept of a progression towards tolerance and enlightenment in human society that was sometimes envisioned. Schorske and published by Alfred A.

Aug 22, Alex Zakharov rated it really liked it. Unnoticed, Schorske is very much among you when in Vienna: View all 16 comments. After reading this book, I see more similarities to the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire: