In yesterday's post I said things were about to change, and they certainly did. Driven by technology and the quickly shifting political situation, coupled with revolutions in art and architecture, the way people thought about themselves was transforming at a rate unprecedented. With the availability of the telephone, the telegraph and radio, people had greater potential for contact with each other, and so our sense of being isolated from world events began to contract. The automobile and the airplane were helping the contraction along, and the notion of modernity for its own sake began to creep into our cultural mindset.
It seemed as though, with the death of Victoria in 1901, both the prior century and a way of thinking were buried at the same time. Monarchies were being further challenged, and the huge edifice of the Russian state was near its collapse.
The next post will take us into the 30s and the tumult of the mid century.