The Viennese café and fin-de-siécle culture

Simon Shaw-Miller (Editor), Charlotte Ashby* (Editor), Tag Gronberg (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

11 Citations (Scopus)


The Viennese café 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-siécle Vienna. Just as the café served as a creative meeting place within the city, so this volume initiates conversations between different disciplines focusing on Vienna 1900. 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.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic) 978-0-85745-765-3
ISBN (Print)978-0-85745-764-6, 978-1-78238-926-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2013

Publication series

NameAustrian and Habsburg Studies
PublisherBerghahn Books


  • vienna
  • art history
  • visual culture
  • cafe culture
  • modernism


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