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The Viennese Cafe and Fin-de-Siecle Culture, Paperback / softback Book

The Viennese Cafe and Fin-de-Siecle Culture Paperback / softback

Edited by Charlotte Ashby, Tag Gronberg, Simon Shaw-Miller

Part of the Austrian and Habsburg Studies series

Paperback / softback


The Viennese cafe was a key site of urban modernity around 1900.

In the rapidly growing city it functioned simultaneously as home and workplace, affording opportunities for both leisure and intellectual exchange.

This volume explores the nature and function of the coffeehouse in the social, cultural, and political world of fin-de-siecle Vienna.

Just as the cafe served as a creative meeting place within the city, so this volume initiates conversations between different disciplines focusing on Vienna at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Contributions are drawn from the fields of social and cultural history, literary studies, Jewish studies and art, and architectural and design history.

A fresh perspective is also provided by a selection of comparative articles exploring coffeehouse culture elsewhere in Eastern Europe.




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