European History (1896-1914): A Beautiful Era?
Didb72 on 10/04/2009
|'La Belle Epoque' or 'The Beautiful Era' was a period of European social history. |
According to most historians, this period started around the late 19th century, to finish at the beginning of WWI in 1914.
Its name was retrospectively given after WWI to signify the 'beautiful era' or 'golden period' between the economic depression (1870 to 1895) and before WWI.
In this quiz, I will focus my attention on the period from 1896 to 1914. At this time, the world was going through a period of economic expansion owing to the great scientific and technological discoveries (automobile, aeroplane, cinematograph, telephone, first Nobel Prizes).
The world of art and literature was also in a period of positive transformation (Impressionism and Expressionism in painting, Naturalism in literature).
Politically, following the 'Scramble for Africa', this era was still marked by imperialism and militarism whereby each European country did not hesitate to compete in an armaments race leading to international tensions.
Tensions between social classes also appeared, leading to the emergence of socialist organisations. The Suffragettes turned their political action into a more radical one under the leadership of women such as Emmeline Pankhurst.
The picture depicts Queen Victoria (see question 4).
Here in this quiz we will have a look at ten events that occurred during this period. Enjoy!
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