“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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Now he clearly saw that feelings were vermin, and that there was nothing to do but to treat them as such.

Rites of Spring is a work of art. Eksteins strikes the right balance between supplying general information and counting on the reader to have a little background on the subject; he writes with both the rigor of academia and the accessibility of popular history. 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 eosteins Hitler in Above all this book is fun to any seasoned reader and culture buff.

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Simply stunning – beautifully structured and written arguments and an immensely informative text on not just World War One but a wide variety of cultural issues from the s to 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. Sadly, the author does not attempt the latter.


His analysis of the First World War focuses almost exclusively on the attitudes and ideas expressed by common people in the lead-up to the war, as well as throughout the duration of the brutal trench warfare period. I felt that Eksteins backed into his discussion of pre-War England, and did not develop as comprehensive a description of English culture as he provided for Germany and France.

His answers, executed in brilliantly descriptive and readable prose, embrace a contextual totality rarely achieved in a manageable monograph.

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.

The mix of vivid narrative accounts of key events–the “Rite” premiere, Lindbergh’s landing in Paris, etc.

It leans too much on it’s opening act la sacrifice de printemps and cannot hope to accomodate both pre-war and post-war modernism in full, but it does link the two in an ecclectic but erudite manner.

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 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 well.

The war as presented by Remarque is pointless: Collective reality had vanished into the dreams and myths of individual response, divorced from the social conventions of normality. One of the best books, on any topic, that I have ever read.

Pure motion, pure vitality, pure revolt.

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

I have to admit that I am not a fan of striking, but unsuccessful, attempts to tie too tightly together things that really have only some surface similarities. There is a whole chapter on the spontaneous truce that erupted the first Christmas in the trenches, and quite a penchant explanation of why it never happened again.


Trillium Book Award Even truth became a matter of technique, all sense of proportion lost, anything made up by anyone to serve the war effort. You need metal tools in other words to make marble statues.

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

Drama, music, dance and later radio and film were accorded more importance than eksteine. I can’t be bothered to remember this guy’s name, that’s how bad it is. As a cultural historian, he tends to skip the economic and political dimension of the war and eeksteins causes, which would be fine, given the scope of his work, except that he attempts to make the war seem as an inevitable clash between the two systems of ideas, and the spirit of the mobs, the determinant factor in starting the war.

Imaginative, not historical, literature it was that sparked the intense reconsideration of the meaning of the war at the end of the twenties. Intentionally manufactured for a reaction, the author argues that the audience is integral to rires experience of the work.

Don’t try to comprehend the war by counting the corpses and the wounded.

Surely, Eksteins could have strengthened his thesis by examining the zeitgeist of these countries and not simply limiting himself to Germany. Showing of 78 reviews.