The vertigo years : Europe, 1900-1914
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New York : Basic Books, 2008.
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xi, 466 pages, [8] pages of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
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Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction
940.288 B653v
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Europe, 1900-1914: a world adrift, a pulsating era of creativity and contradictions. The major topics of the day: terrorism, globalization, immigration, consumerism, the collapse of moral values, and the rivalry of superpowers. The twentieth century was not born in the trenches of the Somme or Passchendaele--but rather in the fifteen vertiginous years preceding World War I.

In this short span of time, a new world order was emerging in ultimately tragic contradiction to the old. These were the years in which the political and personal repercussions of the Industrial Revolution were felt worldwide: Cities grew like never before as people fled the countryside and their traditional identities; science created new possibilities as well as nightmares; education changed the outlook of millions of people; mass-produced items transformed daily life; industrial laborers demanded a share of political power; and women sought to change their place in society--as well as the very fabric of sexual relations.

From the tremendous hope for a new century embodied in the 1900 World's Fair in Paris to the shattering assassination of a Habsburg archduke in Sarajevo in 1914, historian Philipp Blom chronicles this extraordinary epoch year by year. Prime Ministers and peasants, anarchists and actresses, scientists and psychopaths intermingle on the stage of a new century in this portrait of an opulent, unstable age on the brink of disaster.

Beautifully written and replete with deftly told anecdotes, The Vertigo Years brings the wonders, horrors, and fears of the early twentieth century vividly to life.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 409-452) and index.
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The twentieth century was born not in the trenches of the Somme, but rather in the fifteen years preceding World War I. In this short span of time, a new world order was emerging in ultimately tragic contradiction to the old. The major topics of the day: terrorism, globalization, immigration, consumerism, the collapse of moral values, and the rivalry of superpowers. These were the years in which the political and personal repercussions of the Industrial Revolution were felt worldwide: cities grew as never before, as people fled the countryside and their traditional identities; science created new possibilities as well as nightmares; education changed the outlook of millions; mass-produced items transformed daily life; industrial laborers demanded a share of political power; and women sought to change their place in society. Historian Philipp Blom chronicles this extraordinary epoch year by year, bringing the wonders, horrors, and fears of the early twentieth century vividly to life.--From publisher description.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Blom, P. (2008). The vertigo years: Europe, 1900-1914. New York: Basic Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Blom, Philipp, 1970-. 2008. The Vertigo Years: Europe, 1900-1914. New York: Basic Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Blom, Philipp, 1970-, The Vertigo Years: Europe, 1900-1914. New York: Basic Books, 2008.

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Blom, Philipp. The Vertigo Years: Europe, 1900-1914. New York: Basic Books, 2008. Print.

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