“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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Kitsch is a form of make-believe, a form of deception. Perhaps the most important book I have ever read as it regards shaking up my understanding of the world. Details This Republic of Suffering: Don’t try selling this idea on any undergraduate history term paper however.

Would the war still have happened, and, if so, would it have taken the same character which was essential in changing the world? With the failure of facsist or socialist idealism, all that remained afterwards was image without substance, loss of meaning and disillusionment; Scarecrows in Grass’ fiction. The German spirit of emancipation found as its outlet the necessity for war. Mar 18, John David rated it really liked it Shelves: Even considering the German peculiar spirit of rebellion, most of the values were initially shared by the two sides [19].

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RITES OF SPRING: The Great War and the Birth of th by Modris Eksteins | Kirkus Reviews

There was no Germany until Germany was new, a fiction, a question of imagination and inwardness, an illusion, self-conscious, something memed into existence, a pf.


Eksteins hints that, perhaps, such German ideas are not so peculiar after all [36]. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

The Rites of Spring – All Empires

If you want the telephone, then you have to face the machine guns. Basic materials have their own authenticity; let them speak honestly for themselves, without melody, rties ornamentation, without plot.

Dazzling in its originality, Rites rittes Spring probes the origins, impact, and aftermath of World War I, from the premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring in to the death of Hitler in Apr 03, Charles Phillips rated it liked it.

It’s neither Bach nor Mozart. What does this confused jumble have in common?

The Rites of Spring

Pure motion, pure vitality, pure revolt. Simply stunning – beautifully structured and written arguments and an immensely informative text on not just World War One but a wide variety of cultural issues from the s to Now well, in this vein, what you get in Rites of Spring is an elaborated but very natural picture of a crazy world.

At the center there was nothing, an utter vacuum. Oct 21, Jacky rated it liked it. Behavior that would have been considered scandalous in peacetime was actually condoned by the authorities for the sake of morale, even though morals and morale had hitherto been considered inseparable [26].

The full range of peak experience at the limits of existence, a place beyond understanding, beyond imagination, beyond feeling. Eksteins argues that this change in attitude toward the war carried over into the postwar era and the working out of the memory of the battles. Gee, it had to be really hard to them. If you’re looking for a pretentious bit of philosophizing around one of the most interesting and least easily understood dramas of the 20th century, this is the right book.


The war experience was a crucial factor in understanding the new culture of the s and 30s, but it was first met with silence, then with emotional rather than intellectual accounts. Get to Know Us. This book succeeds in doing exactly what it sets out to do, which is provide a cultural history of the Great War, beginning with the avant-garde and the premiere of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” in and ending with Hitler’s rise to power. There are some good sections on art and aesthetics but Eksteins expends much energy trying to tie this into political matters.

Eksteins seems, at times, to hint at this larger point, but never quite spells it out. In the case of Eksteins, he proposes a drama in three memorable acts: I felt like I was physically witnessing what I was reading. The Last Great War: A Very Short Introduction. It resided in irony. Write a customer review. The book unveils a pre-war world of German industrialization and avant-garde art, discusses the disillusionment of an unending first world war, and climaxes with the resultant rise of Nazi regime.