Author: Prof. Jean-Paul BledISBN: 978-954-320-256-0
Price: 17.00 lv
Every city has its symbols. In the minds of people at large Vienna evokes hedonistic pictures, full of dance halls, whirlwind waltzes by Strauss and the Prater, the Hofburg, Belvedere and Sönebrunn palaces, the St Stephan's Cathedral (Stephansdom), the inimitable atmosphere of the Viennese cafes, keeping the memory of Snitzler, Hofmannsthal, Rilke, Freud, Mahler, Kokoschka, Schiele.... Coming to the surface are the names of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, of Klimt and Otto Wagner; architectural styles intertwine and stand out. Lying behind these traditional ideas are layers of time, history and civilization, which French historian Jean-Paul Bled unfolds one after the other. From the Celtic settlement Vindobona, across the age of the Babenbergs, then the Habsburgs, the Ottoman invasions, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Nazi Germany up to the present day of United Europe - the city has been building its identity and molding its outstanding appearance of one of the European and world cultural centers. Policy, diplomacy, economy, religion, art, and emblematic personalities - not a single aspect of its development has escaped the author's penetrating look. Old and modern, aristocratically dignified and breathing with the spirit of the modern times, today, too, Vienna belongs to the Viennese and to the cosmopolitan human spirit.
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