With decades of creativity—that ended with World War I—Vienna jolted Western art and culture forward into high modernity. But how?
Thomas Bender was university professor in the humanities and professor of history and dean for the humanities at New York University. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. His teaching and research concerned intellectual history and the study of cities and city culture. His books include New York Intellect: A History of Intellectual Life in New York City from 1750 to the Beginnings of Our Own Time (Knopf, 1987), Intellect and Public Life: Essays on the Social History of Academic Intellectuals in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993), and A Nation among Nations: America’s Place in World History (Hill & Wang, 2006).