“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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His discussion of public support for the war and changes over time in that support are very insightful.


There is another option. Total war was now not only sprinb, but a requirement for liberation and, hence, for life [20]. The First World War had not only the effects that Eksteins focuses sprlng, but also it is responsible, amongst others, for provoking the Russian Revolution and the establishment of a competing world order, with different ideals and values from the ones which were dominant in Western Civilization.

Maybe it was all going to become wonderfully substantial and important, but I just can’t take the groundless statements and interlaced cultural trivia anymore.

The final chapter on Nazism was superficial and trite and presumably tacked on at the publishers’ behest. Eksteins argues that this change in riyes toward the war carried over into the postwar era and the working out of the memory of the battles.

Modris Eksteins writes in an engaging, readable style. Try instead listening Stravinsky and reading Eksteins’ Rites of Spring. Eksteins takes wide-brush strokes at times, but his design is convincing and the final portrait indelibly cast, the Great War situated as the pivotal turning point of the Victorian and Edwardian eras into the post modern age. We spent some time discussing how important World War I was as an accelerant to tensions over increased sexual freedom, the roles of the New Woman and the New Man in Eksteisn society, etc.

What propelled them over the top? Science, a bulwark of the Enlightenment, always won out in debates. Drama, music, dance and later radio and film were accorded more importance than literature. A Life in Prague, So crazy, that if you take what Eksteins calls the First Act and then you compare it with the Third one, you arrive to the conclusion that the Great War didn’t have any sense from the start and that after all those millions of deaths and wounded you arrive to the Third Act without knowing who really won the conflict.


His discussions of WWI experiences are also informative–patrols walking past each other and exercising an unwritten compact to ignore the oc. Essentially every niche and aspect of society was affected somehow.

Nov 09, Shannon rated pf it was amazing Shelves: Now well, in this vein, what you get in Rites of Spring is an elaborated but very natural picture of a crazy world. Apr 03, Charles Phillips rated it liked it. Showing of 78 reviews. Mar xpring, Sherwood Belangia rated it it was amazing. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Eksfeins that The Great War was the psychological turning point.

The trio of Stravinsky the composer, Diaghilev the founder of the Ballets Russes, and Nijinksy the choreographer were instrumental in the infamous production of The Rite of Spring in ekstsins There was no Germany until In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Which brings us back to the Germans. Trains, factories, skyscrapers, automobiles, airplanes; record-breaking speed, record-breaking innovation.

It seemed like a good time to delve deeper in these questions, so I picked up Eksteins. The author transports the reader by demonstrating the advent of the modern through a mood laced with death, movement, irony, rebellion and inwardness.

The free act, devoid of any meaning except its own inherent accomplishment, the vitality of the moment.

I’m going to get really sentimental now It was also a book were passages struck such a cord with me that I recall them years later.


The modern impulse before the war had possessed a strong measure of optimism, springing from a bourgeois religion of meliorism. Nov 06, Tina Davis rated it it ekxteins amazing. Like life in the trenches.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Eksteins makes connections that seem implausible until he connects the dots — then, it’s “Aha!

There is also a lengthy superfluous section on Lindbergh’s solo flight whose purpose is unclear. Or is eeksteins that the war caused a shift in attitudes which caused our modern values to bear a coincidental resemblance to those of pre-war Germany?

That their political program resulted in the horrors of the Ritee and the subjugation of Europe should not, Ecksteins argues, be viewed as an aberration. 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. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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

A telling consequence of the war was that words such as Honor, Duty and Valor started to lose their capitals: From here it also seems to me, that the logical, even inevitable, consequence of the Nazi’s attempted ressurection of prewar values, i. So the question is how do you solve the equation.

To understand an epoch like the twentieth century you need something different, you need to take a walk on the wild side which is the aesthetic side of life. The Great War and Modern Memory. My only caveat is that this book may actually work at least for me with a second reading.

Eksteins calls himself a post-modern narrativist, and he gives the reader a lot of responsibility.