Presentation on theme: "La Belle Époque The fairy-tale state of mind of the privileged classes occurring between 1890 - 1914."— Presentation transcript:
La Belle Époque The fairy-tale state of mind of the privileged classes occurring between 1890 - 1914
Origins took place during a period of world peace was the product of a new class that had acquired wealth through the industrial revolution and technological advances based on a new kind of order imposed by an insecure privileged class
Characteristics Denial of the grim realities of life Embrace of manners and etiquette Rejection of showing any kind of emotions Deification of technology
The children of the wealthy were brought up by servants and had little contact with their parents.
Diana of Dobsons, a play based on the grind and squalor of the London shop girl. Shop assistants worked long hours for low pay. Their work was physically exhausting and demanded considerable concentration as well as the effort of maintaining an air of politeness.
The Suffragette Movement Women wanted equal rights and the right to vote. Women protested their dehumanization into men’s “playthings”. Protestor being led away by bobbies
A suffragette on a hunger strike in prison being force-fed
Emeline Pankhurst, founder of the British suffragette movement
Emily Davison threw herself under the King’s Derby horse Anmer on June 4, 1913.
Technology was deified by La Belle Époque was the means of living a more leisurely life style leveled class barriers when it became more accessible to many turned treachorous when used to create the new WW I weaponry
The front page of the New York Times, April 16, 1912
World War I The reality of the war could not be kept at bay by the privileged classes. Many aristocrats and rich people volunteered and were killed.
Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand The Archduke had just visited the victims of a bomb intended for him when Gavrilo Princip stepped out of the crowd and killed him. Gavrilo Princip being apprehended by Serbian police.
The European Powers, many of whom were related by blood, attended Archduke Ferdinand’s funeral in Vienna.