014: The Righteous and Harmonious Fists

A French political cartoon of the period. Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm, Emperor Nikolai, and a samurai representing Japan are depicted as carving up China. Marianne (the personification of France) looks on, not participating herself, but backing up her ally, Russia. A Chinese government official in the background protests, apparently to no avail.
A French political cartoon of the period. Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm, Emperor Nikolai, and a samurai representing Japan are depicted as carving up China. Marianne (the personification of France) looks on, not participating herself, but backing up her ally, Russia. A Chinese government official in the background protests, apparently to no avail.

The outrage of the common Chinese peasants against foreign powers and their missionaries boils over into a violent anti-Western uprising.

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“Spring Blossoms on a Moonlit River”
Traditional. Public domain.

“Jasmine Flower”
Traditional. Public domain.

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013: The Christian Century

Cyrus Scofield.
Cyrus Scofield.

A schism emerges in Protestantism, between those who would adapt their understanding of Scripture to a modern understanding of the world, and those who will have none of it.

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“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”
Composed in 1793 by Oliver Holden. Public domain.

“Blessed Assurance”
Composed in 1873 by Frances J. Crosby. Public domain.

“It Is Well with My Soul”
Composed in 1876 by Philip Bliss. Public domain.

 

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012: The Empire Strikes Back

Caricature of Joseph Chamberlain
Caricature of Joseph Chamberlain

The British marshal the resources of their Empire in an all-out war to defeat the Boer states once and for all.

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Enigma Variations, Opus 36
Composed in 1899 by Sir Edward Elgar. Public domain.
Performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra. Public domain. Source.

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011: Moving Like the Wind

Winston Churchill in 1900
Winston Churchill in 1900

The Second Anglo-Boer War erupts, following the British ultimatum and the Boer counter-ultimatum. In the opening weeks of the war, the Boers have everything their own way, and the British are stymied.
 
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010: Lest We Forget

Lord Salisbury
Lord Salisbury

A look at the Britain and her Empire at the end of the nineteenth century, with a special emphasis on Ireland and South Africa because, [spoiler alert] things are going to happen there.

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Opening Theme

“Rule, Britannia!”
Composed in 1740 by Thomas Arne. Public domain.

“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”
Composed in 1860 by William Whiting. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Navy Band. Public domain. Source.

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009: Dark Clouds

X-ray photograph of Mrs. Röntgen's hand, made by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895.
X-ray photograph of Mrs. Röntgen’s hand, made by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895.

A look at some of the biggest physical science puzzles at the beginning of the twentieth century. Electrons, x-rays, radioactivity. And a look at the most important scientist of the time, Marie Curie.

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Opening Theme

First Suite in E♭ for Military Band
Composed in 1909 by Gustav Holst. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Marine Band. Public domain. Source.

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008: J’Accuse…!

'J'accuse...!',_page_de_couverture_du_journal_l’Aurore,_publiant_la_lettre_d’Emile_Zola_au_Président_de_la_République,_M._Félix_Faure_à_propos_de_l’Affaire_Dreyfus
The Dreyfus Affair pits the French Right against the Republic in a political struggle that threatens to tear the country apart, and tells us something about the new face of antisemitism.

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Opening Theme

Valse de Paris

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Impressionism

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Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, painted in 1830. It has all the hallmarks of Romanticism. Note the use of light and dark, the dramatic subject matter, and the prominence of the Tricolor, among other things.

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Claude Monet’s Impression, Sunrise, painted in 1872. This is the painting that gave “Impressionism” its name. Notice the quiet, undramatic, natural setting and the dreamlike quality the thick brushstrokes produce.

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Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882.

1280px-Edouard_Manet_-_Luncheon_on_the_Grass_-_Google_Art_Project

The Luncheon on the Grass, also by Manet, painted in 1863. It was so controversial that Émile Zola wrote a novel about it. It was not unprecedented to paint a nude woman, but putting her into this everyday scene with two fully-clothed men (who seem not to notice her) went too far for some.

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Auguste Renoir’s Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, painted in 1876. It depicts working-class Parisians spending a Sunday in the park.

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Edgar Degas’ Absinthe, also painted in 1876. Absinthe was a trendy indulgence in Paris at the time, and some claimed that drinking it led to mental illness and violence and was a menace to society.

007: La Belle Époque

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The late nineteenth century in France. A vibrant time: Impressionist paintings, music, the construction of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. But France has its ugly side. Militarism. Antisemitism. Coups, bombings, assassinations. What does this tell us about the times?

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Opening Theme

“La Marseillaise”
Composed in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Navy Band. Public domain. Source.

Symphonie fantastique
Composed in 1830 by Hector Berlioz. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

La mer (The Sea)
Composed in 1905 by Claude Debussy. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Air Force Band. Public domain. Source.

Miroirs
Composed in 1905 by Maurice Ravel. Public domain.
Performed by Olena Havyuk-Sheremet. Public domain. Source.

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