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Rites of Spring by Modris Eksteins
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Sep 20, 07

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Read in July, 2005

This is a most unusual and compelling book of political, artistic and social history in the period before and after World War I. Starting with the shocking effect that Stravinsky's Rite of Spring had on audiences and the musical world, Eksteins moves on to explore the romanticism and exuberance that most people in Europe felt at the outset of World War I, including those who would later become famous pacifists. After the horrors of the trench warfare that ensued, he explores the equally phenomenal impact of Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front," and examines the rise of Hitler. Very interdisciplinary and challenging.

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Sarah Keliher I read this in college, and I remember absolutely nothing about it - except that I kept it too long, and had a huge library fine. Maybe I should re-read it.

Mark I enjoyed it, I think particularly because it wasn't just about one thing or the other -- almost like a series of linked essays.

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