The Vertigo Years

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-02
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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From 1900 to 1914, Europe was a world adrift. In this short span of time--between the death of Queen Victoria and the outbreak of World War I--a new world order was emerging. InThe Vertigo Years, historian Philipp Blom chronicles this conflicted epoch year by year, creating a unique anatomy of a pivotal era.From the advent of fascism to cubist painting, from the theory of relativity to consumer culture, Blom shows how the years between 1900 and 1914 molded the entire twentieth century. With deftly-told anecdotes and a novelist's sensitivity for poignancy, Blom's work brings the wonders, horrors, and fears of the early twentieth century vividly to life.

Author Biography

Philipp Blom was born in Hamburg and trained as a historian in Vienna and Oxford. He is the author of To Have and To Hold, Enlightening the World, and most recently The Wicked Company. He lives in Vienna.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1900: The Dynamo and the Virginp. 5
1901: The Changing of the Guardp. 23
1902: Oedipus Rexp. 44
1903: A Strange Luminescencep. 71
1904: His Majesty and Mister Morelp. 92
1905: In All Furyp. 122
1906: Dreadnought and Anxietyp. 155
1907: Dreams and Visionsp. 189
1908: Ladies with Rocksp. 219
1909: The Cult of the Fast Machinep. 249
1910: Human Nature Changedp. 277
1911: People's Palacesp. 308
1912: Questions of Breedingp. 334
1913: Wagner's Crimep. 360
1914: Murder Most Foulp. 388
Notesp. 409
Bibliographyp. 426
Indexp. 453
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