Modris Eksteins


Rites of Spring

















Rites of Spring

The Great War and the birth of the modern age

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“It is the extraordinary accomplishment of Modris Eksteins’s Rites of Spring that he grasps the tortured interplay between the most ghastly war ever fought and the social, intellectual, and cultural movements of the time. It is a work of superb scholarship; it is also profoundly moving.”

William Manchester


“Every once in a while someone come along to turn history on its ear. Only a Modris Eksteins, with his remarkable multidisciplinary talents, can bring it off, reminding us that scholarship, too, can be not just creative but exciting.”

Robert Cowley


“A perceptively researched and imaginatively organized analysis of the common roots of WWI and the modernist movement…A fresh-eyed look at an oft-studied era with impressive insight in abundance.”

Kirkus Reviews


“What occasioned the modernist sensibility, and what is its essence? Scores of recent books have addressed these questions, but few are as resourceful and original as this one…Modris Eksteins shows in this bold and fertile book that he understands the attraction of the new deeply enough to pursue it brilliantly himself.”

Paul Fussell (author of The Great War and Modern Memory) in Atlantic Monthly


“A brilliantly conceived and wonderfully written book of cultural and intellectual history…This will likely become required reading for anyone who seeks to understand the central importance of the Great War to the decades that followed.”

Library Journal


“Most impressively, Mr. Eksteins conveys the terrible experience of trench warfare and explains why it so radically altered the psychology of Europe.”

The New York Times


“…a brilliant cultural analysis redefining the origins and impact of World War 1…Eksteins brings a broad range of disciplines  to bear, announcing a major new voice in cultural history.”

Publishing News


“…it is an immensely stimulating book, explaining much that has seemed confused and contradictory in our troubled century, and deserves to be widely read.”

The Times Literary Supplement