Course title:
Vienna 1814-1914
David Price
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Fri 22 Oct 2021 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Fri 29 Oct 2021 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Fri 05 Nov 2021 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 3
Total number of classroom hours: 6
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 6
Fri 22 Oct 2021
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Fri 29 Oct 2021
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Fri 05 Nov 2021
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 1 (level information)
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Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
£19.20 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners
This course is for beginners
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You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our learning platform, Canvas, and access a Zoom presentation. If you’d like to understand more about Zoom please visit:
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.
Course description:
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. Finally, we'll see how the assassination of Archduke Franz Josef, the heir to throne, was received in Vienna - an event that led to the First World War and the destruction of the empire.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Describe some of the successes and failures of the Congress of Vienna
2. Outline how the waltz developed during the 19th century
3. Identify some of the reasons for the construction of the Ringstrasse and its buildings
4. Explain why the Mayerling affair was not only a personal tragedy for the Habsburg monarchy but also indirectly led to the First World War
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