May 8, 2014 | Lecture | Series of World War I Centenary

Modernism in 1914

The Austrian Cultural Forum proudly presents the lecture of Steven Beller titled "Modernism in 1914" related to the Series of World War I Centenary.

For many the modern era began with the violent caesura of the First World War, which kick-started the changes that brought us the world we live in today. In some ways this is right, but in so many other ways it is wrong, for there was already a thriving modern culture before 1914, and in some senses the war was to take the world off the promising path that was leading to modernity already 1914.  Some argue that the war was a product of modernist culture, and the war certainly molded the modern era that followed, but that was not the only modernity that would have been possible.  By looking at where the world of modern culture stood before 1914, the talk intends to bring some light to the relationship of the war to modernity.

About the lector

Steven Beller was born in London, England in 1958.  He was educated at Cambridge University.  From 1989 he has lived in the USA. He has written widely on Austrian, Jewish and Central European history.  His books include Vienna and the Jews, 1867-1938: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 1989); Herzl  (Halban, 1991); Francis Joseph (Longman, 1996); A Concise History of Austria (Cambridge, 2006); Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008). He also edited and introduced the anthology Rethinking Vienna 1900 (Berghahn, 2001).   His latest book is Democracy: All That Matters (Hodder, 2013).  He is currently an independent scholar resident in Washington DC.

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 7:30 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
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