Course overview

In the 19th century, the population of Vienna grew from about 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 see how Vienna became a capital city and how its importance was solidified by the Congress of Vienna in 1814-15. We will also look at the revolution in 1848-49 and its effects, the development of the Ringstrasse, and the massive migration to the city as a result of large scale industrialisation.

Course description

This online course over 3 sessions offers learners the opportunity to learn about the beautiful city of Vienna in the 19th century. No prior learning is necessary, just an interest in history. Topics will include how Vienna became a capital city and the sixth largest city in the world; the revolution in 1848-49; the Ringstrasse; the large-scale industrialisation; the Mayerling incident and what it means for the monarchy; the Viennese waltz and the personality of the composer Johann Strauss the younger; the ideas and activities of Sigmund Freud, Theodor Herzl, Adolf Hitler and Leon Trotsky; and how music and art changed over this period. We will also examine the paradoxical nature of the monarchy in Vienna in presiding over progress in democracy and tolerance but remaining officially absolutist.

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