“The Great War,” as Modris Eksteins writes, “was the psychological turning point. .. for RITES OF SPRING is a remarkable and rare work, a cultural history that. “Ingenious and maddening”: thus many critics label Modris Eksteins’s *Review essay of Modris Eksteins, Rites of Spring: The Great War at the Birth of the. Rites of Spring The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age By Modris Eksteins Illustrated. pages. A Peter Davison Book/Houghton.

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Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age

Instead it means that they are complementary works. Eksteins rits the Nazis as the most extreme modernist impulse, which took the quest for liberation to its limit.

Generally one would say the material changes in history come first. The First and Second World Wars have so thoroughly discredited the idea that humans are good and rational, an idea which was central to the Enlightenment, that the old order formerly discredited by the Enlightenment now seems, to many people, as a more credible alternative for a guiding hand in ekstdins daily lives.

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To me it was easier to love that strange and sophisticated music than to those guys in Paris on What about the roles of the strict mobilization schedules and the complicated system of alliances in precipitating the crisis?

Nonetheless, the author’s discussions of the turmoil in high culture at the turn of the century is interesting and insightful. This is basically a nonsensical book written by a very cultivated person who puts bits and pieces together, then tries to convince you that they make sense. I got carried away I like my history a bit more grounded.


By contrast, Remarque’s All Quiet became, virtually overnight, the best seller of all previous time. Oct 28, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: I was ekstekns by it from the beginning where Stravinsky’s ballet ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ The Rites of Spring and it’s infamous premiere are offered as a precursor and motif of the world transformation wrought by the coming storm of World War I.

I can’t be bothered to remember this guy’s name, that’s how bad it is. True, Germany had, indeed, lost the war, but the German people felt that they had been winning all along. Refresh and try again. The Germans, more than any other nation, placed a lot sspring emphasis on ideals and ritss spiritual fulfillment [13].

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Anyone finding it on the reading list of a course they sprung enrolled in. Ours is the age of uncertainty in which all theories and sets of values hold a kernel of truth but none of them is absolute.

I felt that Eksteins backed into his discussion of pre-War England, and did not develop as comprehensive a description of English culture as he provided for Germany and France. Wpring, it had to be really hard to them. Dec 19, Ilinca rated it it was ok. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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The spoken word took precedence over the written. Sep 05, Daphna rated it really liked it Recommended to Daphna by: Nazism was the ultimate expression of kitsch, of its mind-numbing, death-dealing portent. This a wild, nonsensical theory made credible and charming by Ekstein’s elegant style and enormous erudition. The soldiers tentatively poking their heads above the trench and finally walking out to greet each other across the field where men were normally killed in droves, even exchanging gifts in honor of Christmas.


This is an interesting parallel to follow throughout the book.


One of the best books, on any topic, that I have ever read. But this book somewhat lost me in the the Rites of Spring ballet anticipating all of that, and further lost me with the Lindbergh flight as a post war benchmark.

Please try again later. Eksteins goes as far as suggesting that the emancipation of homosexuals in Germany was symptomatic of this spirit of emancipation and rebellion [14].

If Germany was remarkable by being the most advanced nation in the world, as Eksteins points out, would the shift to those attitudes have occurred in due time anyway in the rest of western society, even without the war? After the First World War, the British were certain that they psring going to lose India ekdteins, both, they and the Indians knew that there was no longer a moral justification for it.

Looking for something that followed the basic idea of a mix between literature and war I found this extraordinary book. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.