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Rites Of Spring

The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age

Modris Eksteins, Professor


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Named "One of the 100 best books ever published in Canada" (Literary Review of Canada), Rites of Spring is a brilliant and captivating work of cultural history from the internationally acclaimed scholar and writer Modris Eksteins.

A rare and remarkable cultural history of World War I that unearths the roots of modernism.

Dazzling in its originality, Rites of Spring probes the origins, impact, and aftermath of World War I, from the premiere of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring in 1913 to the death of Hitler in 1945.

Recognizing that “[t]he Great War was the psychological turning point . . . for modernism as a whole,” author Modris Eksteins examines the lives of ordinary people, works of modern literature, and pivotal historical events to redefine the way we look at our past and toward our future.

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

"A Fertile Book." -- Paul Fussell

"A bold and unforgetable journey into the heart of our Daemonic century." - Alfred Kazin —

Mariner Books, 9780395937587, 416pp.

Publication Date: September 14, 2000

About the Author

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