David Ellwood

in The Shock of America

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780198228790
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741739 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe


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This Prologue sums up the vast upheavals accompanying the turn of the century, featuring the fate of empires and diplomatic relations between European powers and the US, but also the ‘arrival of the masses on to the stage of history’, the impact of the electrical revolution (cinema, X-rays, the electron), the great fairs in Europe and the US, the tremendous sense of novelty, energy, dynamism pulsating across the Atlantic, but coming overwhelmingly from swelling America.

Keywords: British Empire; American industry; world's fairs; invention of tradition; mass politics

Chapter.  4034 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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