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

May 21, Rock rated it really liked it. Both left their marks on architecture early, and luckily neither one took his vision to its full fruition as most their later and more schorsie designs never made it past proposal state. Schoeske reach is wide–he looks at Freud and Klimt and architecture and political theories and ideas about the garden in Austrian culture at the time. It is not a fair critique, I admit, to complain that Schorske did not provide what I wanted. Politics and Culture Carl E.

Of course today our world is full of Kokoschkas viennaa are convinced that the vision of their subjective inner-self IS in fact reality.

A landmark book from one of the original scholars of our time: For instance, in writing on Klimt’s Medicine, a painting the features the Greek goddess Hygeia holding a snake as is traditionalhe notes: Everytime I read an essay in this book I have to get my graduate school mind back.

In his retirement, he has returned to singing both in private and public, Schubert among his favorite lieder such as “Morgenrot.

Moreover, a rather slow and uncomfortable read. In the ‘Introduction’ the schorskf claims that the text was born from his desire ‘to construct a course in European intellectual history, designed to help students to understand the large, architectonic correlations between high culture and socio-political change’ p.


The introduction looks at the current state of historical studies, and argues for the value of asking why something happened, and why it happened here sfhorske not there and what that means in relation to everything else that happened – which I guess is what is meant by the phrase “intellectual history” that’s printed on the back cover. The snake, amphibious creature, phallic symbol with bisexual associations, is the great dissolver of boundaries: Schorske must have felt at home.

Schorske makes the point that in England and France the bourgeoise succeeded in destroying–his word–or fusing with the aristocracy; in Austria, by contrast, the bourgeoisie assimilated aristocratic values through culture–and especially the arts. Hygeia is ambiguity par excellence; accordingly, she is associated with the snake, the most ambiguous of creatures The Ringstrasse, Its Critics, and the Birth of Urban Modernism The Ringstrasse was a district developed in Vienna, beginning in the s, out of what were previously the city walls and surrounding earthworks.

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He seems to know his stuff and be incredibly versed in the minutiae of the topics. And what it means to a nation when the highly educated do not respect the thinking and the voices of Of course this book is about the turn of the century and the early years of the 20th. Each chapter considers the interrelationships between key artists with the development of psychoanalysis and what was — at the time — viewed as an end of history.

The chronologically compressed and socially circumscribed character of the Viennese experience created a more coherent context crl studying the different ramifications of its high culture p.

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

Sigmund Freud carries much more currency today with social scientists than among actual scientists. Not just another speech, one might have thought, until mid third sentence he exploded into English.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. With age, immediate recall may fail, but reminiscences become strong. Jan 29, Manuel Durazo rated it it was amazing. This article about a non-fiction book on Austrian history is a stub. Schorske tries and fails.


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Now at 92, he sings what he pleases, and without embarrassment, he burst into full song before the assembled audience:. 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 of schorke Ringstrasse, both in terms of land use and architectural design. I saw through their eyes, I dreamt through their minds, I felt everything.

It is also a moving vindication of historical study vienns, in the face of modernism’s defiant suggestion that history is obsolete. Schorske refrains from expounding on the lives of aristocrats and politicians, though. He never abandons these values, but instead uses them as a foundation to create his own.

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This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat Apr 06, Andy Oram rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 22, Murray rated it liked it Shelves: On the other hand, nice finish with Arnold Schoenberg freeing music from the oppressive hierarchy of diatonic scale by introducing democracy of tonalities. The first is that the work falls in an awkward grey region between survey and targeted study. Recently varl Vienna, I reread this famous work by Carl E.

Both brought about anti-Semitism which beget Zionism through a pretty interesting path of Theodore Herzl. He suggests the salience of schorsme conflict through the works of both Arthur Schnitzler, whose works explored the consequences of replacing rational politics with instinctual politics, and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, whose cwrl expressed his desire to harmonize irrational instinct with politics through art.