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HIS 11 - The world at the beginning of the 20th Century   Tags: 1850-1900, britain history, france history, germany history, world war 1  

This LibGuide should get you thinking - enjoy your history but please remember to credit all sources. While you investigate the forces and ideas for change and continuity that shaped the early 20th century
Last Updated: Jun 6, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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History of Germany 1937-1901


Britian in 1900

Other useful video

This link will lead to other useful video content

Age of Nationalism 1850-1914

Audio Podcast

Urbanisation in Europe





    Internet History Sourcebooks Project

    A huge collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use. The following pages are particularly useful:

    The First World War (1914-1918)
    Good summaries of the long-term causes of the war, including national rivalries, the alliance system, militarism, economic rivalries and colonial rivalries.
    Useful Websites
    A  Video Lecture on the decline of Britain in the 21st Century
    Useful Websites
    Please note that Germany did not exist as a country to 1871
    Historian Jay Winter briefly describes the impact of rapid urbanisation on Germany.
    Germany in 1900



      Germany Social issues

      Stew for the Winter Relief Organization at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin (1935)
      One particularly effective propaganda tool was the regime’s state- and party-run welfare program, which aimed to underscore its professed commitment to equality and social welfare work. (Retrieved from

      This site has links to Nazi Germany including education, women, the SS and political figures


        Search terms

        Ideas for search terms

        • anarchism

        • anti-semitism

        • capitalism

        • democracy

        • imperialism

        • industrialisation

        • liberalism

        • militarism

        • nationalism

        • socialism

        • trade unionism

        • traditional diplomacy

        • urbanisation

        Ideas to think about

        • the unequal distribution of wealth and power between countries, between social classes, between men and women and responses to these
        • attempts of industrialised nations to bring all areas of the world under their political, economic, social, cultural and religious influence and the colonial and economic rivalries that resulted from this
        • nationalist demands and increased awareness of cultural identity
        • the decline of dynastic authority
        • the class system across different cultures and popular demands for social, economic and political reform
        • population growth, increased urbanisation and the decline of the countryside
        • slavery and worker exploitation and responses within individual cultures
        • technological change and its economic, political, social and cultural impact
        • emerging ideologies and their challenges to traditional social, political, economic and religious structures
        • traditional diplomacy, aggression and war as instruments of foreign policy






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