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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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 — scuorske that clearly is something I plan to continue working on. My favorite discussion is that of the “coffeehouse culture” which was a veritable hothouse for new ideas.

Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture

I take slight issue with a Freudian interpretation of politics, but the section is nonetheless an interesting read. I don’t yet know what to make of this book, except that I loved it.

schorake The moment was almost theatre like reviving a weary student drifting off in a lecture. The structure does not bear the weight, and not just because I lacked sufficient background in 19th Century Viennese playwrights.

Fin-De-Siecle Vienna

Schorske makes the point that in England and France the bourgeoise succeeded vifnna destroying–his word–or fusing with the aristocracy; in Austria, by contrast, the bourgeoisie assimilated aristocratic values through culture–and especially the arts. Complete list — — — Nov 20, Kendall rated it it was ok. Klimt, the Secession — soft conflation of subject and object, passion when depicted is depersonalized.


One can see how this approach would develop, in later decades, into what is now considered cultural history. 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” about a German soldier contemplating death.


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

Moderately interesting Enough information to warrant reading, but not so much as to be wonderful. The social and political disintegration of Vienna created a particularly fertile and ahistorical culture.

Sep 03, Kristin rated it really liked it. With age, immediate recall may fail, but reminiscences schordke strong. Jul 15, Justin rated it it was ok. But because the book originated as a series of studies, it never coheres, and the parallels are either suggestive or vague, which can be frustrating.

These are quite welcome.

Fin-de-siècle Vienna – Wikipedia

While I confess to a fixation on Vienna, I think that anyone interested in history, art, or cities would enjoy this book, or at least part of it. I found the essays here a bit uneven. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.


Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction — In other words, for all the work at reading this, I got little nourishment, and effectively decided to move on. Schorske discusses the influence of Classical Liberalism on the early form of the buildings in the district, and the reactions by Camillo Sitte and Otto Wagner. Surveys the careers of Klimt, Freud, Koshkoscha, etc. Jan 21, Bill Wallace rated it really liked it.

Although introductions are supplied for the various artists, music I found this an excellent selection of topics that covered an important era–one that produced both Hitler and Theodor Herzl, both austere functionalism and wild expressionism–in a reasonable amount of space.

Schorske, eminent American historian who with his universally admired Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: And so Klimt is confused about reality, while Kokoschka refuses to deal with it. Craig, The New Republic “A profound work And what it means to a nation when the highly educated do not respect the thinking and the voices of the less fortunate. May 09, Luke rated it it was amazing Shelves: Views Read Edit View history.