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Rites of spring : the Great War and the birth of the Modern Age

Author: Modris Eksteins
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Mariner books edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Modris Eksteins
ISBN: 0395937582 9780395937587
OCLC Number: 45105096
Notes: "A Mariner/Peter Davison book."
Originally published: 1989.
Awards: Trillium Book Award in Canada, 1989; Canadian Historical Society-Societe Historique du Canada Wallace K. Ferguson Prize, 1990.
Description: xvi, 396 pages : 1 map ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue : Venice --
Paris --
Berlin --
In Flanders' Fields --
Rites of war --
Reason in madness --
Sacred dance --
Journey to the interior --
Night dancer --
Memory --
Spring without end.
Other Titles: Great war and the birth of the modern age
Responsibility: Modris Eksteins.

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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 book, 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.

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