Alex Ross on the influence of Carl Schorske and his book “Fin-de-Siècle Vienna.”. 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-Siècle Vienna has ratings and 49 reviews. Miriam said: This reads more like a collection of topical essays than a book — because, in fact.

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Klimt, the Secession — soft conflation of subject and object, passion when depicted is depersonalized. An Austrian Trio IV. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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But if those things interest you, read those and skim or skip the rest. This dde was last edited on 25 Decemberat Politics and the Psyche: As points of stability were eroded in the areas of politics, art and culture the psyche of the nation was disintegrating along with the rest of it.

Schorske mostly analyzes politics through culture, or even more explicitly cultural characters. Lists with This Book.

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

And yet Schorske succeeds quite nicely and in eight related but essentially standalone essays he paints a portrait of the Austro-Hungarian empire from its optimistic classical liberal inspired beginnings to a rather inglorious decline.

Jul 01, Miriam rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Yet this period of liberalism was quite short lived, being effectively dead by Lueger was no pan-German, but an Austria patriot and champion of the underclasses, especially the artisan class which was suffering greatly from the new industrialism.


Rest are notes to self: Craig, The New Republic “A profound work A Sting in the Tale Dave Goulson. I wish thou Well written, if at times bombastic, particularly in the literary analysis chapter. Is it supposed to reflect how Klimt’s contemporaries would have seen it?

He came from a wealthy class of Jewish bourgeois capitalists. I don’t yet know eiecle to make of this book, except that I loved it. Changing Places David Lodge. Politics and Culturewhich remains highly significant to modern European intellectual history.

Explorations in the Passage to Modernism. The book’s logic lies in its 7 chapters, each revealing a slightly different piece of the puzzle. The structure does not bear the weight, and not just because I lacked sufficient background in 19th Century Viennese playwrights. Jul 15, Justin rated it it was ok.

Nov 20, Kendall rated farl it was ok. My own understanding of the period and the book grew in several contacts it. May 27, Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: One can see how this approach would develop, in later decades, into what is now considered cultural history. Vienna had kept its huge city walls long after other major cities had razed theirs.

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This was what he calls the moralistic-scientific. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Its main character is the son of a merchant who takes upon himself the bourgeois values of his father.


Part of the problem is me – I know very little about this period -as fascinating as it obviously is – and have had difficulty reading the few literary works I’ve tried — though vieenna clearly is something I plan to continue working on. I saw through their eyes, I give you a bow Carl for giving me the opportunity to read such a tremendously captivating book.

The irony is, that Hertzl thus became vehemently opposed to the sort of Jews that his own parents were, liberal, Austrian, assimilationist Jews. Both brought about anti-Semitism scyorske beget Zionism through a pretty interesting path of Theodore Herzl.

I saw through their eyes, I dreamt through their minds, I felt everything. Individuals and groups alike sought for new identities and systems of belief. Parts of it are actually very interesting especially the essays on the transformation of Austrian politics from a liberal democracy to populist demagoguery at the end of the century. So on the one hand there was art as essence, transformed into a kind of narcissism and sensitivity–what fij have been called neurasthenia, in an American context.

In his view, Vienna was a peculiar cultural environment due to the late ascendancy and schlrske crisis of its liberal middle class between the s and the s.

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