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The Belle Époque or La Belle Époque, French for "Beautiful Era", was a period in French and Belgian history that is conventionally dated as starting in 1871 and ending when World War I began in 1914. This era coincides with the late Victorian Era and the Edwardian Era, while in the newly rich United States, emerging from the horrors of the Civil War (1861-1865) and the Panic of 1873, the comparable epoch was dubbed the Gilded Age. In Germany, the Belle Époque coincided with the reigns of Kaiser Wilhelm I & II, while in Russia with the reigns of Alexander III and Nicholas II.
Occurring during the era of the French Third Republic (beginning 1870), it was a period characterized by optimism, peace at home and in Europe, new technology and scientific discoveries. The peace and prosperity in Paris allowed the arts to flourish, and many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition. The Belle Époque was named in retrospect when it began to be considered a "golden age" in contrast to the horrors of World War I.
- La Belle Époque page on Wikipedia