Richard Cockett – Vienna

How the City of Ideas Created the Modern World

Richard Cockett traces the extraordinary history of Vienna’s artists, philosophers and scientists. This is a panoramic account of a city whose ideas made the mordern world and shaped every aspect of our history, science and culture.

How can one European capital be responsible for most of the West’s intellectual and cultural achievements in the twentieth century? Viennese ideas saturate the modern world. From California architecture to Hollywood Westerns, modern advertising to shopping malls, orgasms to gender confirmation surgery – every aspect of our history, science and culture is in some way shaped by Vienna.

The city of Freud, Wittgenstein, Mahler, and Klimt was the melting pot at the heart of a vast metropolitan empire. But with the Second World War and the rise of fascism, the dazzling coteries of thinkers who squabbled, debated, and called Vienna home dispersed across the world, where their ideas continued to have a profound impact.

Richard Cockett, born 1961, is a British historian, journalist and author. He is a regional editor of The Economist, with experience in Mexico, Central America, Africa and Singapore. He was previously a senior lecturer in politics and history at Royal Holloway, University in London.

Yale University Press

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