Segments in this Video

Introduction: Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914 (01:55)


Blom discusses the massive change in culture in the west as images representing revolution are displayed in this opening segment.

Mass Arrives in History (02:51)

For the first time in history, millions of people were using public transportation. It was something new and exciting to be part of an enormous crowd.

Cinema (03:21)

At first people were satisfied with moving films, but then they wanted more. The 20th century was acquiring its own art form, cinema.

Sexual Liberation (03:01)

Big cities offered temptations of erotic discovery and conquest. Cinema showed audiences as much nudity as they could. Syphilis, fatal at the time, became an epidemic.

Expressionistic Movement (04:17)

In Paris, the war between traditional and modern reached a new climax. Learn about Stravinsky's ballet score "The Rite of Spring" and the criticism from the Catholic Church.

Gospel of Prosperity (02:31)

The new city temples were department stores. People shopped themselves into their very own heaven. Caruso's opera was the first record to sell a million copies

Consumption and Identity (03:27)

City streets were covered in advertising, and the engine of this movement was mass produced industrial goods. Identities of city dwellers became more complex. Out of fragments, a new individual was formed.

Increased Leisure Time (07:17)

People wanted to travel, be entertained, and forget their ordinary lives. The world champions of holiday makers were the British. Learn about Leopold II of Belgium's reign.

Double Moral Standards and Sexuality (04:04)

Ordinary people were beginning to want more. The consumer revolution was also a sexual revolution. Prostitutes stood on the lowest rung of society.

Youth Culture (03:00)

Neurasthenia was an urban phenomenon. Electrotherapy was supposed to help, but the problem was psychological. Young people began organizing themselves separately from adults.

Genetic Hygiene: A Divine Mission (04:41)

Galton wanted to use selective breeding to produce a highly gifted race of people. Criminals and the mentally weak would be prevented from breeding. Learn about the creation of Nazism.

Modernity and Revolution (03:08)

The violent reaction to a musical revolution became a defining moment of modernity. Europe's rulers insisted on their absolute right to power.

Credits: The New Masses: Part 3—Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914 (00:40)

Credits: The New Masses: Part 3—Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914

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The New Masses: Part 3—Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914

Part of the Series : Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914
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This film features Europe during her Vertigo Years, from 1900 – 1914. This pulsating era of creativity and contradictions manifested itself in different ways across Europe. This third part of the three-part series highlights the conflict between modernity and traditionalism, the expressionistic and sexual liberations, and Europe’s booming consumerism. This historical narrative is based on the book by Phillipp Blom, "The Vertigo Years: Europe 1900-1914."

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL110732

ISBN: 978-1-68272-610-5

Copyright date: ©2013

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