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Borneman - Chapter 01

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Buy and Download Description At the dawn of the twentieth century, groups of dashing young European men propelled themselves to the front of the political scene to play a role that would have been beyond their reach if genealogical rules had to be followed. Thus an era of effervescence started, breaking normative ties that seemed to be everlasting. Nowhere was this breach brought about in a more fruitful way and in more spheres of the intellectual, political, and artistic life than in Austria. Names such as Sigmund Freud, Joseph Roth, Stefan Zweig, Robert Musil, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Oskar Kokoschka, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schönberg, and so forth, only point to the richness of the period in that country. But it was also in Austria, in 1914, that its emperor, Franz Joseph, whose long reign went from 1848 to 1916, declared war on Serbia, after the assassination of the emperor's nephew (28 June), the archduke Frantz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo (Bosnia). For the old emperor understood that the two bodies of the Habsburg's monarch (Kantorowicz 1957) were now permanently torn apart and that the Habsburg's rule would probably end with him. The Great War he decided upon has also to be seen as a loud utterance of grief for his dying dynasty, a grief that took the lives of millions of young men. In this period of convulsions— before democracy was finally accepted as the best way to govern— men eager to establish new hereditary lines but with no pedigree came along, boasting that they would be their country's saviors. After Lenin, but before Hitler, Benito Mussolini was one of them. At the dawn of the twentieth century, groups of dashing young European men propelled themselves to the front of the political scene to play a role that would have been beyond their reach if genealogical rules had to be followed. Thus an era of eff
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