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Rethinking Vienna 1900

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Rethinking Vienna 1900

Edited by Steven Beller

304 pages, 16 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-139-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2001)

ISBN  978-1-57181-140-0 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (October 2001)

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“This set of essays by leading scholars in the field aims to provide an overview of current work on what has sometimes been dubbed ‘the birth of modernity’ in fin-de-siècle Central Europe. This it succeeds admirably in doing, and editor Steven Beller will be thanked by many teachers of the subject of producing such a useful collection.   ·  German History

"In the not exactly small field of works on the Vienna Fin-de-Siècle this volume represents an important milestone. It will be indispensable, for a long time, for the debate it pushes forward and to which it contributes so much itself."  · H-Soz-u-Kult

"... tight and coherent ... not only because its eleven contributors focus on a single metropolis, but also because they generally share a common point of departure if not necessarily a common point of view."  · German Studies Review

"This enthralling collection of ten distinguished essays provides not only the best introduction to the subject, but is a major contribution in its own right."  · Tim Blanning, Cambridge University

"Beller's excellent introduction ... clearly lays out the scope of the original argument, provides a sound review of existing scholarship and a clear summary... [A] well-organized and focused [collection]."  · Laura Gellott, University of Wisconsin-Parkside


Fin-de-siècle Vienna remains a central event in the birth of the century's modern culture. Our understanding of what happened in those key decades in Central Europe at the turn of the century has been shaped in the last years by an historiography presided over by Carl Schorske's Fin de Siècle Vienna and the model of the relationship between politics and culture which emerged from his work and that of his followers. Recent scholarship, however, has begun to question the main paradigm of this school, i.e. the "failure of liberalism."

This volume reflects not only a whole range of the critiques but also offers alternative ways of understanding the subject, most notably though the concept of "critical modernism" and the integration of previously neglected aspects such as the role of marginality, of the market and the larger Central and European context. As a result this volume offers novel ideas on a subject that is of unending fascination and never fails to captivate the Western imagination.

Steven Beller is an Independent Scholar who lives in Washington, D.C.

Subject: 20th Century History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors

Steven Beller

Chapter 1. Vienna 1900 Revisited: Paradigms and Problems
Allan Janik

Chapter 2. Rethinking the Liberal Legacy
Pieter M. Judson

Chapter 3. Fin de Siècle or Jahrhundertwende: The Question of an Austrian Sonderweg
James Shedel

Chapter 4. Theodor Herzl and Richard von Schaukal: Self-Styled Nobility and the Sources of Bourgeois Belligerence in Prewar Vienna
Michael Burri

Chapter 5. Marginalizations: Politics and Culture beyond Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
Scott Spector

Chapter 6. Freud’s “Vienna Middle”
Alfred Pfabigan

Chapter 7. Popper’s Cosmopolitanism: Culture Clash and Jewish Identity
Malachi Haim Hacohen

Chapter 8. A Matter of Professionalism: Marketing Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
Robert Jensen

Chapter 9. The Image of Women in Painting: Clichés and Reality in Austria-Hungary, 1895–1905
Ilona Sármány-Parsons

Chapter 10. Afterthoughts about Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: The Problem of Aesthetic Culture in Central Europe
Mary Gluck

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