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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This IS one of the biggest gaps in my knowledge, and possibly I’d have a more favorable view of this book if I viennna more about it. He drops in names as references to the ideas he means to develop, but I have no idea who the people are, nor really why I should care.
There are vieenna discussion topics on this book yet. However, on Schorake account Hertz was anti-Semitic in an important way himself.
The empire itself continued to decline and shortly ceased to even exist as a formal legal body though in many ways it is still alive, if struggling to remain so, in the tiny piece of the empire which survives as scohrske Austria.
Mar 21, Evan rated it really liked it. Vienna had grown up around the walls and expanded dramatically in the first half of the 19th century. It was written by an academic for history students or other people with some background, so even though Schorske uses an engaging style, be prepared for some complex phrasing and references to canonical culture of the West.
At the same time, chapters are a bit too varied to count as a focused investigation. But if those things interest you, read those and skim or skip the rest. Table of contents Acknowledgments Introduction I. Schorske means to trace out this interplay throughout the century in the various people he studies. The essays were written in the s and s and although that shows from time to time, what shows even more is Schorske’s subtlety, originality and resourcefulness.
Sep 06, Arjen Taselaar rated it it was amazing. Analysis by an historian is not necessarily historical analysis. Apr 06, Andy Oram rated it it was amazing Shelves: And through the absence of hierarchy at the bottom he gives us a meta, emergent order on top. Politics and Culture is a transdisciplinary non-fiction book written by cultural historian Carl E.
Politics and Culture by Carl E. The metaphor of the garden in the last 2 chapters was fine for the most part but crumbling badly at the edges. Schorske’s reach is wide–he looks at Freud and Klimt and architecture and political theories and ideas about the garden in Austrian culture fij the time.
Jan 23, Boris Cesnik rated it it was amazing. Sep 03, Kristin rated it really liked it.
Fin De Siecle Vienna
Of course this book is about the turn of the century and the early years of scjorske 20th. They struggled with the question of what does or can life mean in the face of the collapse of the entire social order which had organized and guided life in Habsburg Austria for centuries. When Schonerer went too far with personal violence against cshorske liberal Jewish enemies, he ended up in jail and Karl Lueger picked up the pieces of his style and movement.
It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism’s defiant suggestion that history is obsolete. It does make you appreciate the explosion of artistic ideas immediately prior to World War I as the classical style burned itself out.
Other books in this series. The book examines the hot bed of social change that was Viennese culture at the turn of the twentieth century by examining the lives of some of its more notable citizens.
When the walls were finally razed there was a dramatic swath of land surrounding the city center, the most elegant part of Vienna even todayand the residences not only of the Habsburg monarchy, but the bulk of the aristocracy, the ascendant bourgeoisie scchorske was significantly Jewish, and the intellectual class. Want to Read saving….
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Everytime I read an essay in this book I have to get my graduate school mind back. Very entertaining, beautifully written base-to-superstructure account of late-century Vienna, a culture that prefigured our own preoccupation with the personal over the political.
Schorske describes the reactions of the intelligentsia of the Habsburg Empire to the destruction of a long-standing political system. I found the essays here a bit uneven. Carl Schorske is most likely the ultimate scholar on fin-de-siecle Vienna and provides excellent background, intimate details regarding daily shcorske, city buildings, and analyzes Klimts work, as well as Egon Schiele and Oscar Kokoshka in excellent intricacy.
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Craig, The New Dchorske “A profound work The violent, irrational mass-rule politics of “the new key” made the dream of a rational society guided by science, harmony among peoples and tolerance seem just a hopeless dream, even a nightmare of what might have been but couldn’t survive in the climate of turn of the century Vienna.
The central notions of an objective and known morality no longer seemed tenable and Schnitzler’s close vidnna, Sigmund Freud had changed from a focus on “rational man” as the center of humanity to the much more nebulous “psychological man. Schnitzler and Hofmannsthal Schorske introduces the basic crisis that constitutes the decadence discussed in the 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.
When it was finally decided to use this foot wide semi-circle of land to build a phenomenal street of gigantic buildings it had two important functions: I also feel better for having read it–more culturally literate and well-rounded.
Parts of it are actually very interesting especially the essays on the transformation of Austrian politics from a liberal democracy to populist demagoguery at fienna end of the century.
It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism’s defiant suggestion that history is obsolete. Views Read Edit View history. Better yet, it provides an in-depth look at how certain individuals of this class began to search for new meaning in the world during the failure of classical liberalism.
Cover of the first edition featuring a preliminary sketch of Pallas Athene by Gustav Klimt. I wish though that he’d offered more of a connection to the chapters – particularly as his original thesis is that all these developments in politics, art, and architecture were interrelated.
These new meanings took shape via aesthetic romanticism, the abandonment of rationality and science for aesthetics as a way of viewing the world. Is he seeding the roots for Ludwig von Mises and Austrian economics here? 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 believe my dissatisfaction with the work relates back to all of these otherwise ingenious characteristics. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.