Introduction: Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West (02:19)
Blom describes the theme of change in Europe from the years 1900-1914 as historical images of past accomplishments are displayed in this opening segment.
Old World on the Move (03:16)
The Paris Exhibition at the start of the 20th century revealed new technologies transforming daily life. Listen to a German schoolmaster's perspective of the exhibition.
France's Rapid Transformation (03:12)
In 1901, Röntgen was awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering x-rays. Learn about Curie's research in radioactivity. France was going through a political transformation with Germany as her rival.
Germany's Industrial Metropolis (02:52)
Garmany was the fast beating-heart of the continent. Learn about the booming economy in Germany as historical images of industrialization and culture are displayed. Einstein and Plank created a new branch of physics.
Kaiser Wilhelm II (03:15)
The young Kaiser's was capable of anything, and his most earnest wish was to impress his grandmother, Queen Victoria. Wilhelm's physical limitations caused speculation among German citizens concerning his strength as a leader.
Glory of Great Britain (05:05)
Great Britain was the richest and most powerful nation in the world. Learn how globalization affected the British economy. Rutherford discovered atoms were mostly made up of empty space.
Victoria Era Ends (03:31)
Queen Victoria died in 1901 with Wilhelm by her side. King Edward VII succeeded her throne establishing the Edwardian age.
Psychoanalysis Emerges (04:58)
Vienna was a place fueled with bitter controversy. Freud analyzed the double moral standards of aristocracy. In 1900, he published "The Interpretation of Dreams."
Ornament is Crime (01:43)
Hofburg Palace, the former imperial palace of Austria, was built without ornament and aggressive functionality.
House of Habsburg (03:09)
Learn about the violent deaths of two royal members of the House of Habsburg, Ludwig Viktor was known for his escapades in women's clothing.
Gustav Klimt (02:10)
Klimt, a painter, was a prominent member of the Vienna Secession movement. Not ready for its own avant garde, Vienna professors dismissed Klimt's paintings and philosophies.
Russia's Countryside (06:19)
In 1905, it looked as if the apocalypse of the old world would begin in Russia. Learn about color photography by Prokudin-Gorsky.
Russian Workers Strike (01:44)
In 2000, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife became saints of the Russian Orthodox Church. Protesters performed in the church. During his reign, Nicholas made no concessions for worker's rights.
Credits: Behind The Scenes: Part 1—Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914 (00:39)
Credits: Behind The Scenes: Part 1—Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914
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