Vienna 1814-1914

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In the 19th century, the population of Vienna grew from 300,000 people to more than 2 million and it became the sixth largest city in the world, capital of an empire of 53 million and a centre for the arts, scientific ideas, and political theorising. We will look at the significance of the Congress of Vienna for the city, the revolution in 1848 and its effects, the diversion of the Danube and the development of the Ringstrasse, and the massive migration to the city as a result of large-scale industrialisation. We will also look at some of the personalities who lived in the city, like Johann Strauss the younger, Sigmund Freud, Theodor Herzl, Adolf Hitler and Leon Trotsky, and how music and art changed over this period.

Course aim

A look at Vienna during the 19th century, including the Congress of 1814-15, the 1848 Revolution, the Ringstrasse development, Johann Strauss and the waltz, the Mayerling affair, and some of the various personalities who chose to live in the city.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe some of the successes and failures of the Congress of Vienna
  • Outline how the waltz developed during the 19th century
  • Identify some of the reasons for the construction of the Ringstrasse and its buildings
  • Explain why the Mayerling affair was not only a personal tragedy for the Habsburg monarchy but also indirectly led to the First World War

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, will be used to provide resources and to support lessons. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Vienna 1814-1914

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