“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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I felt like I was physically witnessing what I was reading.

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

The author draws on just eites every cultural source and reference that the he could lay his hands on, from the breadth of cultural trends, metaphysics, and the arts to individual human experiences, drives and responses.

The First World War: This is an interesting parallel to follow throughout the book.

Want to Read saving…. It’s absolutely new, different, weird. Scientism, efficiency, management, expertise, technique. Now he clearly saw that feelings were vermin, and that there was nothing to do but to treat them as such. I don’t normally do that when reading a history text. Nazism was a grand spectacle, from beginning to end.

Professionals aimed to recover emotional spontaneity, to be part of a Symphony of a Thousand beyond the constraints of the civilized marketplace, thought fused with action. In the case of Eksteins, he proposes a drama in three memorable acts: Were the rulers elsteins Europe as weak and ineffectual as to give in to the riges of the crowds, if there had not been strong economic and oc reasons for the war?

There is another option. Sep 14, Ai Miller rated it really liked it Shelves: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. This surging energy literally drove the crowds to demand the war that their monarchs and prime ministers were hesitantly offering. This makes me uncomfortable, somehow, as if in appreciating the art I have also condoned the violence.


The exlcusion of the photographs was an incredibly stupid thing to do in order save money. They are all symptoms of a larger problem in Western Civilization, rather than defining our society. Details This Republic of Suffering: As a cultural historian, he tends to skip the economic and political dimension of the war and its causes, which would be fine, given the scope of his work, except that he attempts to make the war seem as an inevitable clash between the two systems of ideas, and the spirit of the mobs, the determinant factor in starting the war.

Eksteins’ description of a lone violin on the German lines beginning to play ‘Stille Nacht’ Silent Night and a German soldiers beginning to sing. For Nazis, beauty and, thus, aesthetics were paramount, and their morality can, thus, be considered equivalent to kitsch in art and myth in history [35]. The bridge between the two banks took a heavy toll. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

But, in a world where science and progress are no longer infallible, the new assertiveness of religion is not out of place. He displays remarkable erudition and often sees connections in ries which may not be obvious to the great majority of people. A new examination of WWI, its origins, actions, and aftermath on the twentieth century.

As a nation which was recently unified and had undergone a tremendously fast transformation from a traditional society to the most industrialized nation in the world, the Germans found their moral support in a glorification of their own nation and riges a deep spirituality.

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The chapter on Hitler also seemed rather rushed to me, and the one place where Ekstein fell short in his ability to make certain that the general public got equal consideration with major historical figures. Act II — An analysis of a fundamental shift in the perception of the Great War by the soldiers, and eventually by the civilian segments of the belligerent nations. Sure, ideals which characterize Germany, such as estheticism, myth-making and emancipation are a big part of our modern world.


But, don’t expect a finely honed argument that weaves together Or, the Maxim gun, and Hitler. This led to a general growth and apring of modernism. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Sprinng Preview See a Problem? I have to admit that I am not a fan of striking, but unsuccessful, attempts to tie too tightly together things that really have only some surface similarities. The Germans, more than any other nation, placed a lot of emphasis on ideals and on spiritual fulfillment [13].

The Lakota ghost dancers donned what they believed were bulletproof shirts, for frenzied dances intended to bring about an apocalypse in which the ancestors would revive, the buffalo return and the whites vanish; the US Army eventually resolved this problematic religious revival with a machine gun-aided massacre at Wounded Knee in Most of them felt betrayed by the leaders of the military establishment, and this feeling of betrayal only accentuated the spirit of liberation which was so characteristic before the war.

It makes grandiose claims that it only backs by – oh wait, by nothing at all. The most important change was ideological or moral. ekstdins