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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Fin-De-Siecle Vienna

View all 16 comments. Schorske, a sometimes difficult but rewarding read. Jun 16, Jack rated it really liked it. And through the absence of hierarchy at the bottom he gives us a meta, emergent order on top.

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

Jul 18, Scott rated it it was amazing. On the other hand, nice finish with Arnold Schoenberg freeing music from the oppressive hierarchy of diatonic scale by introducing democracy of tonalities.

I found this shcorske 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.

Books by Carl E. Inhe arrived at Princeton, where he remained for the rest of his career, today Professor Emeritus. Not for the beach. catl

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 and not there and what that means in relation to everything else that happened – which I guess is what is meant by the schorsoe “intellectual history” that’s printed on the back cover. On The Town Matthias Wurz. It is not a fair critique, I admit, to complain that Schorske did not provide what I wanted.


Complete list — — — The reader doesn’t even get a citation. Schorske Snippet view – I visited the WW II sites and the ghettos. And the rise of nationalist populism. The Rosenhaus, for Stifter, was proof that schorwke and nature can co-exist; a society, in a time of crisis, should not abandon science entirely for art. This is more plausible, but would still require more cafl support than he gives it.

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.

I’m going to have schorzke think about it a bit more.

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Surveys the careers of Klimt, Freud, Koshkoscha, etc. I suppose it is possible to get those ideas out of the book, but it is not obvious; for me, the reads have been disappointing, the mechanisms and community sketches obscure.

There’s also a great essay on Gustav Klimnt and his development from a straight I have this thing for late 19th century Vienna, I mean who doesn’t? He enjoyed this phenomenon, to show how culture evolves, how language is altered and preserved. There’s also a great essay on Gustav Klimnt and his development from a straightforward artist to the avant-garde. Schorske, eminent American historian who with his universally admired Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Schorske thanked the audience for “prosperity of the intellect, in the deepest sense.

While these offer archetypal experiences of the times, the analysis fails to dig into the greater arena, beyond immediate causes repeatedly stated to be caused by the declining liberal ideology and politics.

Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. 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 schorsk Viennese politics from the s to the end of the century, and a more irrational, instinctual “psychological man” who would come veinna constitute the mass Since this book consists of seven more-or-less independent essays, I’ll review them vinna I read them.


In a time of crisis, intellectuals abandoned politics and threw away objective thinking in order to discover new meanings and values. He never abandons these values, but instead uses them as a foundation to create his own.

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

Sep 18, Joshua Buhs rated it it was ok Shelves: The social and political disintegration of Vienna created a particularly fertile and ahistorical culture. He cited it in a way that made me think it would discuss the way ideas developed in Venice transferred to the culture at large–Venice of the time, after all, was the city that, inter alia, gave us Freud and psychoanalysis, as well as the early glimmerings of the so-called Austrian school of econ As this book becomes older, it becomes harder to see what once made it so exciting.

Explosion in the Garden: The second essay, “The Ringstrasse, its critics, and the birth of urban modernism” looks back to explore the liberal cultural system in carrl ascendancy through the medium of urban form and architectural style Jul 15, Justin rated it it was ok.