Study Guide for Exam II of LCC 3114

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Study Guide for Exam II of LCC 3114 Modris Eksteins – Rites of Spring -speaks with the voice of a historian, and he plays out the history, and the perspectives of the people within the events, to some extent. -He also analyzes the effects -EXAMPLE for Berlin excerpt -He speaks of the efforts and rewards experienced by the industrialization of Germany Thesis of “Rites of Spring” -Eksteins believes that Germany was the modernist country pre-WWI, and that because of the war, despite their lost, the epistemology of Germany spread to the rest of the world creating the modern world we live in. -The epistemology Germany was said to have was one seeking emancipation, introspection, and revival in the arts to breach into life as art, escape from absolute truths. -The ballet “Rites of Spring” is said by Eksteins to be as momentous as the First World War. -“A milestone in the history of culture” -It provoked and demolished the established ideas of beauty and art. -The eroticism presented in it represents the rebellion of the established order that Germany presents prior to WWI. -Eksteins sees the ballet as nihilistic (truly revolutionary for any ballet to be steeped in chaos), and it brings civilization into question -Germany was said to hold a “scientism [its what is sounds like, a belief in assumptions and scientific ventures in general], efficiency and management. -Some psychological benefits to the country were gained from all the societal advancement, which were the glorification of their own nation and the deep spirituality gained from it. -Germany placed more emphasis on these ideals more than any other nation of the time. These ideals, which led to a rebellious attitude from foreign ideals, were instigated by their spirituality. -The concrete thought that permeates through this ideal is that war is necessary to life, as is death. -With the initiation of the war came excitement and enthusiasm toward the fight, up until the actually trench fighting occurred.
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-The motivations of the two parties changed accordingly: -England felt entitled to protect its way of living, the old-way. -Germany wished to win the war to succeed some
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