Synopsis by Sean Hurley
From the BBC and 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 series is given a voice by Peter Ustinov and historian John Terrine. In Years 1904-1914: Drums Begin to Roll, the series focuses on the developments of these years that would result in Western Europe's fall as the preeminent power in the world. One of the important developments the program explores is the war between Imperial Russia and Japan that would end with the surrender of a weakened Russia ripe for the coming revolution. Another significant event explored is the rapid expansion of Germany's military, where submarines and airplanes were produced en masse, taking advantage of new techniques for mass production.