I thought my post made clear that I was focusing not so much on the First World War, but on the rise of Nazism, particularly in Germany/Austria, and the impact it had on the artists/intellectuals I mentioned, both in Germany and exiled.
Ford is simply wrong to claim that the likes of Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno, Schoenberg (in their critique of bourgeois culture) made no 'profound' influence. Brecht (who never sought 'profundity') revolutionised radical theatre, and is still tremendously influential. as is Schoenberg in music, and Benjamin/Adorno in critical thought.
As for the notion that 'difficult' thought/discourse led many to 'jazz'/popular culture - I can only see this as positive/good. I for one would prefer Amy Winehouse any day, to the 'huffings' and 'puffings' of the Alpine |Symphony, which puts 'effect' over substance. As far as the impact of the Third Reich, the Holocaust etc, Strauss, to his dying day, made not one word of criticism, lamenting more his beloved German/Austrian Opera houses, which had been bombed by the Allied Forces.
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