The Vertigo Years: Europe 1900-1914

The Vertigo Years: Europe 1900-1914

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.

Title:The Vertigo Years: Europe 1900-1914
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780465011162
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  • Lilo

    After reading numerous non-fiction books dealing with the infamous European history of the first half of the 20th century, I thought I deserved a break from all this madness, atrocities, and right-out...

  • Riku Sayuj

    Dangerous Ideas; Necessary Ideas The Vertigo Years traces the initial eruptions of some of the most explosive ideas and social phenomenons of the century that bore the brunt of the first mad rush o...

  • Kalliope

    As I have read this book thanks to Kris Rabberman, it is to her that I shall dedicate my review. And since it is also her birthday today (January 22nd), this is my gift to her.This book has a smart an...

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads

    The Vertigo Years is a thematic exploration of the world before the Great War. The events of each year of the period inspires the contemplation of a different theme.1900: France1901: Europe's aristocr...

  • Boudewijn

    In this book, the German historian and journalist calls on the reader to forget his knowledge of European history after 1914. He wants you to judge the first fourteen years of the twentieth century on...

  • John David

    “The Vertigo Years,” much like Blom’s earlier “Wicked Company,” is a history for the general reader who wants to gain a feel for the general Zeitgeist of fin-de-siècle Western Europe coming...

  • Mikey B.

    A wide scope of a book that successfully presents the period 1900-14 (pre- World War I) within in own context, not as a retrospective of the build-up to World War I.As the author states, in July 1914 ...

  • Jill Hutchinson

    This is a different kind of history book as the author does not confine himself to the causes leading up to WWI but, rather, what was happening across Europe at all levels of society and thought. Each...

  • Jur

    Machines, women, speed and sex: a rather bourgeois look at the opening of the 20th centuryWhat if World War One hadn't happened and we looked back on the preceding 15 years without the shadows of that...

  • James Murphy

    It's usually thought WWI brought about the enormous changes in Europe which ushered in the modern world. Blom's great lesson is that the social and cultural changes we associate with the war and after...