Synopsis by Sean Hurley
From producers BBC/Time Life the Europe - The Mighty Continent series explores the immense changes that have taken place on the European continent over the last century. The programs are given a voice by Peter Ustinov and historian Jonathon Terrine. In Glory of Europe - 1900: Hey Day Fever the series looks at Europe at the opening of the 20th century. Leaders in technology, economics, arts, and science, the Europeans seemed to be destined for greater and greater prosperity. This program explores some of the seeds of disaster that lay just below this prosperous surface. The program examines Germany's envy of Britain's colonial empire and France's reconstruction and resentment after the Franco-Prussian war of 1871.