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

ISBN-10: 0395937582
ISBN-13: 9780395937587
Edition: 2000
Authors: Modris Eksteins
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Description: Dazzling in its originality, witty and perceptive in unearthing patterns of behavior that history has erased, RITES OF SPRING probes the origins, the impact, and the aftermath of World War I -- from the premiere of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/14/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Dazzling in its originality, witty and perceptive in unearthing patterns of behavior that history has erased, RITES OF SPRING probes the origins, the impact, and the aftermath of World War I -- from the premiere of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring in 1913 to the death of Hitler in 1945. "The Great War," as Modris Eksteins writes, "was the psychological turning point . . . for modernism as a whole. The urge to create and the urge to destroy had changed places." In this "bold and fertile book" (Atlantic Monthly), Eksteins goes on to chart the seismic shifts in human consciousness brought about by this great cataclysm through the lives and words of ordinary people, works of literature, and such events as Lindbergh's transatlantic flight and the publication of the first modern bestseller, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. RITES OF SPRING is a remarkable and rare work, a cultural history that redefines the way we look at our past and toward our future.

Modris Eksteins was born in Latvia in 1943 & is currently a professor of history at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.

Map of the Western Front
Preface
Prologue: Venice
Paris
Vision
May 29, 1913
Le Theatre Des Champs-Elysees
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
Rebellion
Confrontation and Liberation
Audience
Scandal as Success
Berlin
Ver Sacrum
Overture
Technique
Capital
Kultur
Culture and Revolt
War as Culture
In Flanders' Fields
A Corner of A Foreign Field
Guns of August
Peace on Earth
The Reason Why
Victorian Synthesis
Is There Honey Still for Tea?
Rites of War
Battle Ballet
Themes
Transvaluation
Reason in Madness
Theirs Was Not to Reason Why
Duty
Sacred Dance
War God
Congregation
Journey to the Interior
War as Art
Art as Form
Art and Morality
Avant-Garde
Night Dancer
The New Christ
Star
Lest We Forget
Itinerary and Symbol
New Worlds and Old
Associations
Memory
War Boom
Life of Death
Fame
Cloud Juggler
Spring Without End
Germany, Awake!
Victim Hero
Art as Life
Myth as Reality
"Es Ist Ein Fruhling Ohne Ende!"
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Sources
Index

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