“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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There is a whole chapter on the spontaneous truce that erupted the first Christmas in the trenches, and quite a penchant explanation of spfing it never happened again. That is, Nazis and apring of their admirers such as American aviation hero Charles Lindbergh saw themselves as cutting-edge modernists, and were merely applying technology worship, industrialism, Darwinian theory, socialism, state-sponsored capitalism, extreme nationalism, and a host of other faddish notions many of which are still around today to the problem of governance.

Ekstejns, Eksteins sees this ballet as nihilistic[9], and as bringing civilization into question[10]. Start reading Rites of Spring on your Kindle in under a minute. He points out the unreasonable expectations which both sides had about the duration of the war [17], as well as the enthusiasm which greeted the news of the impending conflict.

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I think Pau I struggled to get through this book and was disappointed. For those interested in the nexus of traditional history and culture this is an essential book. Paul Fussell’s brilliant book is a kind of literary history of the Great War, and one of its theses is that the cataclysm of that war gave birth to literary and cultural modernism.

The final chapter on Nazism was superficial and trite and presumably tacked on at the publishers’ behest.



Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. To ask other readers questions about Rites of Springplease sign up. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Science, a bulwark of the Enlightenment, always won out in debates.

The industrial revolution gave us the telephone and the machine gun, the airplaine and the bomber, the anesthesia and the poisonous gas. That attitude makes me care little for the book. It was within these complex amalgamations of a fiery prewar modernist and avant-garde uprising against the previous centuries’ stolid virtues, and an existential angst and smoldering resentment at all that was lost—most especially, personally lost—that, wedded with the spreading idealistic themes of spirit and myth and a primal, romantic Samsonian strength that was treacherously sheared by the Delilah of eksteuns enlightenment bourgeoisie, set the stage for the virulent outbreak of Nazi fervor and a crippling and nihilistic self-doubt amongst the Western states.

The eroticism present in the ballet is in fact a rebellion against the established order, which Eksteins sees as characteristic of Germany prior to the onset of the First World War [6].

The beginning months of the war did not mark an abrupt end to the prevalent Romantic view of the world, as many believe. My own exposure zpring the period comes largely from that literature and some contemporary fiction, such as the novels of Pat Barker.

This led to a general growth and expansion of modernism. Without the war, the Russian people would have never successfully revolted against the tsarist regime, and Lenin would never have been transported to Russia by the Germans.

Without the war, the Russian Revolution would have never acquired that mythical status which it enjoyed in the Soviet Union throughout much o the subsequent 70 years [37], greatly contributing to the stability of the communist regime and indirectly to the western civilization which it rivaled.

Oct 28, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: Beginning with the debut of the then-controversial ballet The Rites of Spring in Paris in and ending with the death of Hitler inEksteins has written a unique cultural history of the time period. Nazism, Eksteins tells us, had no rules, no platform, and no agenda beyond any ekseins sense. It seemed like a good time to delve deeper in these questions, so I picked up Eksteins.


Sure, ideals which characterize Germany, such as estheticism, myth-making and emancipation are a big part of our modern world. I found that work more readable, eksteons, and not disjointed, which is the best way I sprign describe this book. Generally one would say the material changes in tites come first. Sep 14, Ai Miller rated it really liked it Shelves: May 27, Czarny Pies rated it it was ok Recommends it for: A single poignant event, such as a performance of the Ballet Russe in or the Unofficial Christmas Truce ofbecomes the point of departure for Ekstein’s far-reaching discussions, as he attempts to explain how such an event was possible within the context of the time.

Now he clearly saw that feelings were vermin, and that there psring nothing to do but to treat them as such. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The possibility of civil war was present in many nations before the war.

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I would recommend listening to at least the beginning of Stravinsky’s score for the Rite of Spring ballet before reading its on YouTube. Eksteins hints that, perhaps, such German ideas are not so peculiar after all [36].

However, the French and Bolshevik revolutions grew out of ideas not any change in our physical circumstances. 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.