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HIST7312: European Fin-de-Siècle: A Cultural and Social History

Dr Andrew Smith

This is a half-year History module which gives an overview of some major social and cultural characteristics of the period between 1870 and 1914. When people called the period around 1900 the ‘Fin-de-siècle’ the term not only meant ‘end of the century’, but the end of an era or perhaps even the end of time. The period was characterised by a profound consciousness of crisis, based on the experience of rapid change and a general sense of decline, seemingly in contrast with the period’s technological advances and the belief in progress. The module will focus especially on two metropolitan centres of European culture - Paris and Vienna. The first half of the mosule will look at social and political aspects of the European Fin-de-Siècle (urbanisation, mass-culture, the new role of women, new ideologies), while the second half of the module examines the arts, music and literature of the period.

Assessment method

HIST7312A/B: 2 X 2,500 word essays

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