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

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Edition: 1st
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Pub. Date: 2000-09-14
Publisher(s): Houghton Miff
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Summary

In a remarkable display of originality and discerning historical analysis, Rites of Spring describes the origins, the impact, and the aftermath of the Great War of 1914-1918, arguably the most traumatic event of this century. 16-page, black-and-white photograph insert.

Author Biography

Modris Ekstein is a professor of history at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus.

Table of Contents

Map of the Western Front
xi
Preface xiii
Prologue: Venice 1(8)
ACT ONE
Paris
9(46)
Vision
9(1)
May 29, 1913
10(6)
Le Theatre Des Champs-Elysees
16(5)
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
21(12)
Rebellion
33(6)
Confrontation and Liberation
39(5)
Audience
44(6)
Scandal as Success
50(5)
Berlin
55(40)
Ver Sacrum
55(9)
Overture
64(6)
Technique
70(3)
Capital
73(3)
Kultur
76(4)
Culture and Revolt
80(10)
War as Culture
90(5)
In Flanders' Fields
95(44)
A Corner of a Foreign Field
95(3)
Guns of August
98(11)
Peace on Earth
109(6)
The Reason Why
115(13)
Victorian Synthesis
128(3)
Is There Honey Still For Tea?
131(8)
ACT TWO
Rites of War
139(31)
Battle Ballet
139(3)
Themes
142(13)
Transvaluation
155(15)
Reason in Madness
170(22)
Theirs Was Not to Reason Why
170(6)
Duty
176(16)
Sacred Dance
192(16)
War God
192(10)
Congregation
202(6)
Journey to the Interior
208(33)
War as Art
208(7)
Art as Form
215(8)
Art and Morality
223(4)
Avant-Garde
227(14)
ACT THREE
Night Dancer
241(34)
The New Christ
242(5)
Star
247(5)
Lest We Forget
252(9)
Itinerary and Symbol
261(6)
New Worlds and Old
267(4)
Associations
271(4)
Memory
275(25)
War Boom
275(2)
Life of Death
277(8)
Fame
285(13)
Cloud Juggler
298(2)
Spring Without End
300(35)
Germany, Awake!
300(5)
Victim Hero
305(6)
Art as Life
311(4)
Myth as Reality
315(10)
``Es Ist Ein Fruhling Ohne Ende!''
325(10)
Acknowledgments 335(2)
Notes 337(30)
Selected Sources 367(4)
Index 371

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