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It cannot be the former, since it leaves too many areas untouched. I found the wall texts of the Leopold Museum, cienna to Viennaheavily influenced by his interpretation of this remarkable period in Europe’s cultural history. And this, most fundamentally, captures the nature of my problem. Account Options Sign in.

Unlike Jacobs, however, Sitte’s critique was rooted in an artistic and historic ideology, rather than one based on personal experience with modernist planning. There is no real engagement with turn of the century Viennese philosophy Ernst Mach or economics Bohm-Bawerkfor example. 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 schoske Ringstrasse, both in terms of land use and architectural design.

Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture

He never abandons these values, but instead uses them as a foundation to create his own. Passages like this really hurt my reading experience. 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.

His father, the banker son of a German born cigar-maker, was also a socialist.

Fin-De-Siecle Vienna

In all three cases, presented one after the other, he identifies the reaction against rational politics as a shift away from the classical political spectrum, and towards one that reflects a mass psychology, one that paradoxically reflected the values of what Schorske calls a “pre-rationalist order. Sep 03, Kristin rated it really liked it. I found the essays here a bit uneven.


Politics and Patricide in Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams Schorske works through Freud’s dreams, as detailed in his eponymous interpretation thereof, to suggest that Freud viewed politics as ultimately the conflict between father and son, and that repressed sexual force mirrors the repressed force of a revolutionary people.

They include everything from architecture to psychoanalysis to antisemitism. Holding himself tall, Carl E. Well written, if at times bombastic, particularly in the literary analysis chapter. The importance of culture for literature and the rest of art is brilliantly propounded in this influential book.

It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism’s defiant suggestion that history is obsolete.

Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture – Carl E. Schorske – Google Books

The prose is a dense, though Schorske seems to cover every applicable topic – politics, art, social movements, high culture, low culture, etc. This was what he calls the moralistic-scientific. He suggests the salience of this 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 works expressed his desire to harmonize irrational instinct with politics through art.

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. Schorske mostly analyzes politics through culture, or even more explicitly cultural characters.

Open Preview See a Problem? Cover of the first edition featuring a preliminary sketch of Pallas Athene by Gustav Klimt. Jan 21, Bill Wallace rated it really liked it. During a test for a sociology class I took at Truman Community College in Chicago, I encountered a question that asked whether and how the contemporary United States was comparable to the Roman Empire as it collapsed.

I also feel better for having read it–more culturally literate and well-rounded. Complete list — — — In other words, for all the work at reading this, I got little nourishment, and effectively decided to move on.

He is not an historian or by his own admission an expert on Austria; he is not an art historian or literary historian or literary critic – he is a “cultural historian” and that, I’m afraid to say, means that he has only a mish-mash of a method. Schorske tries and fails. And in his old kindergarten, he recently discovered, the banners of many nations hang now where in his childhood, there was only the American flag.


So on the one hand there was art as essence, transformed into a kind of narcissism and sensitivity–what would have been called neurasthenia, in an American context. The weakening authority of history sped up the process of change as it liberated people to create new forms.

Carl E. Schorske: Scholar of Vienna’s Golden Age – THE VIENNA REVIEW –

Klimt, the Secession — soft conflation of subject and object, passion when depicted is depersonalized. As a work of history, it fails. Carl Schorske is most likely the ultimate scholar on fin-de-siecle Vienna and provides excellent background, intimate details regarding daily life, city buildings, and analyzes Klimts work, as well as Egon Schiele and Oscar Kokoshka in excellent intricacy.

I wish thou Well written, if schorrske times bombastic, particularly in the literary analysis chapter. He seems to know his stuff and be incredibly versed in the minutiae of the topics. I viennw myself to never forget the result of exclusion and lack of diversity. Partly reconstructed from Schorske’s articles published in the American Historical Reviewthe book is structured into seven thematically interlocking chapters.

Schorske refrains from expounding on the lives of aristocrats and schorrske, though. Nationalists were threatening the unity of the empire through disintegration, Zionists through secession.

Aug 22, Alex Zakharov rated it really liked it.

I read this book in Prague and on a cruise down the Danube from Nuremberg to Budapest and during another stay in Vienna.

There’s also a great essay on Gustav Klimnt and his development from a straightforward artist to the avant-garde. In his retirement, he viienna returned to singing both in private and public, Schubert among his favorite lieder such as “Morgenrot.