Documents the extraordinary rise of the middle class by focusing on Viennese playwright Arthur Schnitzler, who defined the s of the nineteenth century, and challenges the many theories from such intellectual innovators as Darwin and Freud, presenting a century filled with science and superstition, revolutionaries and reactionaries, and eros and anxiety 25,000 first printing....
|Title||:||Schnitzler's Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture, 1815-1914|
|Publisher||:||W W Norton 1st edition November 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||366 pages|
|File Size||:||881 KB|
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Schnitzler's Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture, 1815-1914 Reviews
Peter Gay gives the reader a quick breeze over the psyche of the middle classes across industrialized Europe during the latter half of the long 19th century (despite the years given on the cover.) The book categorizes the various aspects that historians often consider the main themes of bourgeois experience, and then expounds upon each of them in a concise manner (albeit filled with detail and two-sentence anecdotes.) The reader should be prepared with a wealth of resources - namely Google - if he or she is unfamiliar with 19th century European literature, because Gay makes frequent references to works that extend beyond the basic oeuvre of common knowledge. Overall, it is a fairly light read and incredibly enlightening not just about people of the past but also about the becomings of our own psychosocial state, all without making one feel he or she is reading a textbook.
By utilizing Mr. Schnitzler's biographical info, Gay tells the story of his century in a most personal way, while never losing touch of the institutional matters that are needed to round out the study.
Well written - by a scholar whose comprehension of the various topics is excellent.
Peter Gay is a great historian. He meshes art, literary history to reveal deeper truths, not so much about political history, but about these artists. He uses Schnitzler as a general example. The Weimar culture is so fasinating and Gay really casts an interesting light on it. These intellectual heavy weights in art and in threatre were so high above what was happening that they conversely drew inspiration and, in this separation or contradication, they made art from tension. They hated their middle class culture, they made better culture. Great read. It's not a dry history book.
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"Schnitzler's Century" is an engagingly written guided tour of the mental worlds of the late-nineteenth century European classes. As traced out over five previous volumes by the historian Peter Gay (b. 1923), the book argues that us Moderns have completely misunderstood our Victorian predecessors: they were neither as repressed nor as religious nor, frankly, as dull as their historical reputations have led us to believe. "Schnitzler's Century," despite Gay's claims in his introduction, is essentially a synthesis and considerable condensation of his five-volume work and, while making slight adjustments for then-recent scholarship (the book came out in 2002), tells fundamentally the same story. Gay, who also wrote a masterly biography of Freud, is at his most animated when discussing how much more varied and open were Victorian sexual habits than previously thought - it even creeps into chapters that address such other subjects as violence and anxiety. Other chapters really describe facets of nineteenth-century life that have, by now, been well integrated into common historical understanding: we know a lot more about home life and middle-class patronage of the arts, for example, than was appreciated when Gay started his project on the European bourgeoisie in the 1970s.