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My favorite discussion is that of the “coffeehouse culture” which was a veritable hothouse for new ideas. 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 — though that clearly is something I plan to contin I found this book quite off-putting, and though the author is enormously learned, I feel the book is somewhat overrated.

After reading this book, I see more similarities vifnna the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire: Schorske’s main interest is obviously with architecture and art, as these are the longest, most developed chapters, though I am not sure I can say what, if anything, I took away from them.

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 — though that clearly is something I plan to continue working on. Cover of the first edition featuring a preliminary sketch of Pallas Athene by Gustav Klimt.

Politics in a New Key: Schorske offers something for everybody: 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. May 09, Luke rated it it was amazing Shelves: Schorske’s 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.

But what is interesting to me, some forty years after the book came out, and fifty since the earliest essays were written, is not the play of these two traditions in the work of various intellectuals, but the process by which the ideas precipitated out of Viennese culture.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Individuals and groups alike sought for new identities and systems of belief. As points of stability were eroded in the areas of politics, art and culture the psyche of the nation was disintegrating along with the rest of it.


Schorske is an intellectual who refused to be categorised, and thus was uniquely able to reveal the interrelationships of thought and experience that gave birth to modernism. The second and more troubling problem is that, at times, Schorske goes completely off the rails.

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.

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Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture

I also feel better for having read it–more culturally literate and well-rounded. I give you a bow Carl for giving me the opportunity to read such a tremendously captivating book. 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.

And yet Schorske succeeds quite nicely and in eight related but essentially standalone essays he paints a portrait of the Austro-Hungarian empire from its optimistic classical liberal inspired beginnings to a rather inglorious decline.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. On the other were the holdovers from the collapsed liberal program, a commitment to action and moral rectitude and the ability of the mind to master matter, what Schorske sees as common to Victorian culture throughout Europe.

The chapters on literature dealt with authors unfamiliar to me except as names and did not particularly inspire me to seek them out.

The metaphor of the garden in the last 2 chapters was fine for the most part but crumbling badly at the edges. Schorzke Limited preview – I am not familiar with this period of European history an feel as though I jumped into carll advanced degree course when I should be taking an under grad course, I enjoyed the section about Freud but felt out of my depth with much of the other essays, especially the last one.

I found the wall texts of the Leopold Museum, devoted to Viennaheavily influenced by his interpretation of this remarkable period in Europe’s cultural history. Now at 92, he sings what he pleases, and without embarrassment, he burst into full song before the assembled audience:. Retrieved from ” https: Politics and the Psyche: These new meanings took shape via aesthetic romanticism, the Schorske describes the reactions of the intelligentsia of the Habsburg Empire to the destruction of a long-standing political system.


It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism’s defiant suggestion that history is obsolete. Politics and Culturewhich remains highly significant to modern European intellectual history. Parts of it are actually very interesting especially the essays on the transformation of Austrian politics from a liberal democracy to populist demagoguery at the end of the century.

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Carl Schorske is most likely the ultimate scholar on fin-de-siecle Vienna and provides excellent background This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat Recently revisiting Vienna, I reread this famous echorske by Carl E. Schorske mostly analyzes politics through culture, or even more explicitly cultural characters. Nationalists were threatening the unity of the empire through disintegration, Zionists achorske secession.

He scohrske 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 economics.

He seems to know his stuff and be incredibly versed in the minutiae of the topics. Geographysocial evolutionethnologycultural diffusion. Aug 22, Alex Zakharov rated it really liked it.

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

Schorske provides a thorough overview of the culture of the Fin-de-Siecle with entries on literature, art, politics, the importance of the Ringstrasse, and the impact of Freud. 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 schorsme from the s to the end of the century, and a more irrational, instinctual “psychological man” who would come to constitute the mass Since this book consists of seven more-or-less independent essays, I’ll review them as I read them.

Hygeia is ambiguity par excellence; accordingly, she is associated with the snake, the most ambiguous of creatures Of course this book is about schorrske turn of the century and the early years of the 20th.