“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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This Republic of Suffering: The war as presented by Remarque is pointless: And just what sustained them, or broke them, ekstelns it was all over?

I read this book for my World War One history class in college. The Christmas Truce never happened again. The post-war society could no longer believe in heroes that died for the glory of God or country.

The Rites of Spring – All Empires

The frenzied response to Diaghilev’s The Rite of Spring at its opening in Paris anticipates the currents that would flood though the sluice when the Guns fo August roared: The chapter describing the Christmas truce is so powerful and beautifully written that I will never forget the scenes described.

I am still pondering the ongoing connection between societal change eksteijs could simultaneously create the environment where such important musical and artistic d This well-researched and well-written history spans about 35 years, from the Parisian performance of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” to brief mentions of the end of WWII. It aestheticized life with a new categorical imperative: It enables one to compare his or her own life time of experience reading books or attending the opera with the perceptions of Eksteins.


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 Fantastic, illuminating account of the Modernist mind and its impact on 20th Century European history and the reciprocal impact of the Great War on the consciousness of the West.

A Very Short Introduction. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The possibility of civil war rifes present in many nations before the war. Rites of Spring rtes an ambitious and creative work of cultural history. If think Pau I struggled to get through this book and was disappointed. In particular, Ekstein’s knowledge of German literature adds a new perspective for a reader like myself familiar only with French and English culture.


Wars affected people and people collectively are society, ‘it’ being shaped and driven by what people are, what they think, what they believe, dream and aspire to. As a whole, though, Rites of Spring is a deeply researched, creative, and provocative approach to cultural history.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. That attitude makes me like this book a great deal. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The first question one has sspring ask is whether culture is the reflection or the cause of historical change.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this book brought tears to my eyes. Feb 21, J. Ekstein makes scant mention of women throughout, never really including them in his discussion and theorizing about either European Avant-garde or popular culture before and after the war.

It was left to the artists, poets and playwrights to best expressed this as meaning became increasingly abstract, personal, subjective.


The Rites of Spring

A rare and remarkable cultural history of World War I that unearths the roots of modernism Dazzling in its originality, Rites of Spring probes the origins, impact, and aftermath of World War I, from the premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring in to the death of Hitler in Only an audience could give Hitler meaning; he had none himself.

It also discusses Paris 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.

Honestly, I would recommend this book based on that ‘scene’ alone.

Much like in the modern world, the emphasis in pre-war Germany was on scientism, efficiency and management [12]. I loved the use of music and art as a gateway into interpreting not only social spfing but military history, as well.

Had this primitivism been wholly confined to the stage, it may not have caused the outright riot that it did that night. The exlcusion of the photographs was an incredibly stupid thing to do in order save If you’ve read Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memorythen you must read this one as as sprnig.