What Is Modernism?

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Between 1871 and 1914, there was a shift in European culture that would fundamentally change the way the world worked. Traditional views of economics, political practices, and acceptable societal norms were being rejected and replaced with “modern” ideas to fit the changing times. During these years, Europe had an economic explosion, which would be described by some later as an “economic utopia”. Capitalism ran rampant through most every country, ultimately benefiting everyone. The industrial revolution made it easier for better goods to be produced faster and cheaper, allowing for more people to indulge in things previously thought as frivolous. This also meant that extra goods could be exported to the new colonies each country made during the scramble for Africa, which would offset any imports coming in, since they exported more than was imported. Thanks to new technological advances, the world could suddenly participate in a global economy. Not only could goods easily pass between borders, but the amount of capital available increased exponentially. Suddenly, there were endless possibilities of how to increase capital. Foreign stock became accessible, international companies could be formed, and loans could be made on a global scale. Politically, Europe was progressively making strides toward a more liberal, democratic state. France (yet again) had another revolution, which resulted in the 3rd republic of France. This republic, though weak and barely passed, was
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