The Viennese Splendor Twilight and Exile None

  • Title: The Viennese: Splendor, Twilight, and Exile
  • Author: Paul Hofmann
  • ISBN: 9780385239745
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. In The Viennese, Paul Hofmann presents the biography of a very old city through its many incarnations. The book spans the two thousand-some years from Vienna's beginnings as a Roman camp to Kurt Waldheim's presidency in the 1980s. In tracing the history of Vienna and, at times, the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire in relation to its capital city, Hofmann focuses on the city's residents. He seeks throughout to elucidate the nature and character specific to the Viennese and, while their city has cha [...]

    2. Published in 1988, Paul Hofmann uses primary and secondary sources to describe the cultural life of Vienna from the late 19th century through World War II and beyond. Vienna serves as a microcosm of what happened during that period in Europe as a whole – from years of advancements in science and engineering, when the arts flourished and individual freedom was enhanced by education, improving healthcare and economic opportunity came the decades when nationalism and anti-semiticism stirred up tw [...]

    3. It was a pretty dense book, and hard to follow the who's who at times, but it was an easier book to read than I expected. It gave a really good sense of the city and its culture. It was written in the 80's so I'm interested to learn what's changed since then. But overall, it was worth reading in preparation for my upcoming trip.

    4. The first half of this book provided quite a good overview of the history of Vienna—lots of info that will help with the course I'll be teaching on Vienna Study Abroad. On the other hand, my perception is that the second half of the book suddenly got quite a bit more detailed in discussing the 20th century (not my primary interest).

    5. A good history of Vienna up until 1988. I thought it gave a good impression of the complex Viennese pchyie. Lots of name dropping that I just had to skip over because I couln't keep them all straight

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