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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - 396 páginas
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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.
 

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Just a specific: anyone who thinks Eksteins went off-course by linking Nazism with kitsch needs to watch video of recent Scientology 'events'. Leer reseña completa

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This is a fascinating, though episodic book that touches, in turn, on: * The debut of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring ballet as staged in Paris; * World War I, specifically trench warfare as viewed by its ... Leer reseña completa

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Modris Ekstein is a professor of history at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus.

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