The Twilight of Empires: Europe Before World War 1
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Osher (50+). In this course, we look at pre-World War 1 Europe between 1870 and 1914.
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In this course, we examine the faltering but still powerful empires of Europe between 1870 and 1914. Special attention is given to Germany, Belgium Austria, Russia, and France as each engaged in a global contest for geo-political power and prestige. At the same time, each was wrestling with vexing historical demons that at any time threatened to pull all of Europe into a bloody conflagration. An era often viewed as an economic, social, and cultural golden age, it was still fraught with the most ominous of indicators of profound trouble to come.