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Der Untergang der Welt von gestern. Wien und die k. u. k. Monarchie 1911–1919
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ViennaAustro-Hungarian Empirec 1910 to c 1919European history
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Yesterday’s End

Vienna and the Habsburg Monarchy 1911-1919

by Karsten, Arne

The ‘world of yesterday’, as Viennese author Stefan Zweig’s memorably called imperial Austria, disappeared with the First World War. It was a world marked by internal contradictions and external tensions; and yet, in retrospective, appeared a lost paradise. The victors of this history have been much discussed, but what about the losers? And what future trouble did their stories foretell? In his brilliant book, Arne Karsten gives us an alternative history of the great epochal shift, set apart from high politics.

One emblematic case is Stephanie Bachrach, the young friend of Arthur Schnitzler and brilliantly witty daughter of a Jewish stockbroker in Vienna. After her father’s bankruptcy and suicide, the former heiress of millions serves as a nurse during the war and takes her own life in 1917 – like so many other young women of her generation whose familiar world had broken apart. Arne Karsten shows us Schnitzler in his perceptive and sympathetic account of Bachrach’s fate. The book places the two figures alongside an abundance of representatives of the time – diplomats, members of the military, politicians, artists of the late Austro-Hungarian Empire – and weaves an intricate tapestry of a spectacular epoch, which became the funeral procession of the bourgeois age, not only in Vienna, but all over Europe.

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