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The 19th century saw much social change; slavery was abolished, and the First and Second Industrial Revolutions (which also overlap with the 18th and 20th centuries, respectively) led to massive urbanisation and much higher levels of productivity, profit and prosperity. The Islamic gunpowder empires were formally dissolved and European imperialism brought much of South Asia, Southeast Asia and almost all of Africa under colonial rule.
It was marked by the collapse of the Spanish, Zulu Kingdom, First French, Holy Roman and Mughal empires. This paved the way for the growing influence of the British Empire, the Russian Empire, the United States, the German Empire (essentially replacing the Holy Roman Empire), the Second French Empire, the Kingdom of Italy and Meiji Japan, with the British boasting unchallenged dominance after 1815. After the defeat of the French Empire, and its Indian allies in the Napoleonic Wars, the British and Russian empires expanded greatly, becoming the world's leading powers. The Russian Empire expanded in the Caucasus, central and far eastern Asia. The Ottoman Empire went through a period of westernisation and reform known as the Tanzimat, vastly increasing their control over their core territories in Anatolia and the Near East. Despite this, the sick man of Europe remained in a period of decline, losing territory in the Balkans, Egypt, and North Africa.
The remaining powers in the Indian subcontinent such as the Kingdom of Mysore and its French allies, Nawabs of Bengal, Maratha Empire, Sikh Empire and the princely states of the Nizam of Hyderabad, suffered a massive decline, and their dissatisfaction with British East India Company's rule led to the Indian Rebellion of 1857, marking its dissolution, however, it was later ruled directly by the British Crown through the establishment of the British Raj.
The British Empire grew rapidly in the first half of the century, especially with the expansion of vast territories in Canada, Australia, South Africa and heavily populated India, and in the last two decades of the century in Africa. By the end of the century, the British Empire controlled a fifth of the world's land and one-quarter of the world's population. During the post-Napoleonic era, it enforced what became known as the Pax Britannica, which had ushered in unprecedented globalization and economic integration on a massive scale.
The first electronics appeared in the 19th century, with the introduction of the electric relay in 1835, the telegraph and its Morse code protocol in 1837, the first telephone call in 1876, and the first functional light bulb in 1878.
The 19th century was an era of rapidly accelerating scientific discovery and invention, with significant developments in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, electricity, and metallurgy that laid the groundwork for the technological advances of the 20th century. The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain and spread to continental Europe, North America and Japan. The Victorian era was notorious for the employment of young children in factories and mines, as well as strict social norms regarding modesty and gender roles. Japan embarked on a program of rapid modernization following the Meiji Restoration, before defeating China, under the Qing Dynasty, in the First Sino-Japanese War. Advances in medicine and the understanding of human anatomy and disease prevention took place in the 19th century, and were partly responsible for rapidly accelerating population growth in the western world. Europe's population doubled during the 19th century, from approximately 200 million to more than 400 million. The introduction of railroads provided the first major advancement in land transportation for centuries, changing the way people lived and obtained goods, and fuelling major urbanization movements in countries across the globe. Numerous cities worldwide surpassed populations of a million or more during this century. London became the world's largest city and capital of the British Empire. Its population increased from 1 million in 1800 to 6.7 million a century later. The last remaining undiscovered landmasses of Earth, including vast expanses of interior Africa and Asia, were explored during this century, and with the exception of the extreme zones of the Arctic and Antarctic, accurate and detailed maps of the globe were available by the 1890s. Liberalism became the pre-eminent reform movement in Europe.
Slavery was greatly reduced around the world. Following a successful slave revolt in Haiti, Britain and France stepped up the battle against the Barbary pirates and succeeded in stopping their enslavement of Europeans. The UK's Slavery Abolition Act charged the British Royal Navy with ending the global slave trade. The first colonial empire in the century to abolish slavery was the British, who did so in 1834. America's 13th Amendment following their Civil War abolished slavery there in 1865, and in Brazil slavery was abolished in 1888 (see Abolitionism). Similarly, serfdom was abolished in Russia in 1861.
The 19th century was remarkable in the widespread formation of new settlement foundations which were particularly prevalent across North America and Australia, with a significant proportion of the two continents' largest cities being founded at some point in the century. Chicago in the United States and Melbourne in Australia were non-existent in the earliest decades but grew to become the 2nd largest cities in the United States and British Empire respectively by the end of the century. In the 19th century, approximately 70 million people left Europe, with most migrating to the United States.
The 19th century also saw the rapid creation, development, and codification of many sports, particularly in Britain and the United States. Association football, rugby union, baseball and many other sports were developed during the 19th century, while the British Empire facilitated the rapid spread of sports such as cricket to many different parts of the world. Also, women's fashion was a very sensitive topic during this time, as women showing their ankles was viewed to be scandalous.
It also marks the fall of the Ottoman rule of the Balkans which led to the creation of Serbia, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Romania as a result of the second Russo-Turkish War, which in itself followed the great Crimean War.
- Industrial revolution
- European imperialism
- British Regency, Victorian era (UK, British Empire)
- Bourbon Restoration, July Monarchy, French Second Republic, Second French Empire, French Third Republic (France)
- Belle Époque (Europe)
- Edo period, Meiji period (Japan)
- Qing dynasty (China)
- Joseon dynasty (Korea)
- Zulu Kingdom (South Africa)
- Tanzimat, First Constitutional Era (Ottoman Empire)
- Russian Empire
- American Manifest Destiny, The Gilded Age, Wild West
The Napoleonic Wars were a series of major conflicts from 1803 to 1815 pitting the French Empire and its allies, led by Napoleon I, against a fluctuating array of European powers formed into various coalitions, financed and usually led by the United Kingdom. The wars stemmed from the unresolved disputes associated with the French Revolution and its resultant conflict.
In 1805, the French victory over an Austrian-Russian army at the Battle of Austerlitz ended the War of the Third Coalition. As a result of the Treaty of Pressburg, the Holy Roman Empire was dissolved.
Later efforts were less successful. In the Peninsular War, France unsuccessfully attempted to establish Joseph Bonaparte as King of Spain. In 1812, the French invasion of Russia had massive French casualties, and was a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars.
In 1814, after defeat in the War of the Sixth Coalition, Napoleon abdicated and was exiled to Elba. Later that year, he escaped exile and began the Hundred Days before finally being defeated at the Battle of Waterloo and exiled to Saint Helena, an island in the South Atlantic Ocean.
After Napoleon's defeat, the Congress of Vienna was held to determine new national borders. The Concert of Europe attempted to preserve this settlement was established to preserve these borders, with limited impact.
Latin American independence
Mexico and the majority of the countries in Central America and South America obtained independence from colonial overlords during the 19th century. In 1804, Haiti gained independence from France. In Mexico, the Mexican War of Independence was a decade-long conflict that ended in Mexican independence in 1821.
Due to the Napoleonic Wars, the royal family of Portugal relocated to Brazil from 1808 to 1821, leading to Brazil having a separate monarchy from Portugal.
The Federal Republic of Central America gained independence from Spain in 1821 and from Mexico in 1823. After several rebellions, by 1841 the federation had dissolved into the independent countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
Revolutions of 1848
The Revolutions of 1848 were a series of political upheavals throughout Europe in 1848. The revolutions were essentially democratic and liberal in nature, with the aim of removing the old monarchical structures and creating independent nation states.
The first revolution began in January in Sicily.[clarification needed] Revolutions then spread across Europe after a separate revolution began in France in February. Over 50 countries were affected, but with no coordination or cooperation among their respective revolutionaries.
According to Evans and von Strandmann (2000), some of the major contributing factors were widespread dissatisfaction with political leadership, demands for more participation in government and democracy, demands for freedom of the press, other demands made by the working class, the upsurge of nationalism, and the regrouping of established government forces.
Abolition and the American Civil War
The abolitionism movement achieved success in the 19th century. The Atlantic slave trade was abolished in 1808, and by the end of the century, almost every government had banned slavery. The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 banned slavery throughout the British Empire, and the Lei Áurea abolished slavery in Brazil in 1888.
Abolitionism in the United States continued until the end of the American Civil War. Among others Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman, were two of many American Abolitionists who helped win the fight against slavery. Douglass was an articulate orator and incisive antislavery writer; while Tubman's efforts was by using a network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
The American Civil War took place from 1861 to 1865. Eleven southern states seceded from the United States, largely over concerns related to slavery. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln issued a preliminary on September 22, 1862 warning that in all states still in rebellion (Confederacy) on January 1, 1863, he would declare their slaves "then, thenceforward, and forever free." The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1865, officially abolished slavery in the entire country.
Decline of the Ottoman Empire
In 1830, Greece became the first country to break away from the Ottoman Empire after the Greek War of Independence. In 1831, the Great Bosnian uprising against Ottoman rule occurred. In 1817, the Principality of Serbia became suzerain from the Ottoman Empire, and in 1867, it passed a Constitution which defined its independence from the Ottoman Empire. In 1876, Bulgarians instigate the April Uprising against Ottoman rule. Following the Russo-Turkish War, the Treaty of Berlin recognized the formal independence of the Principality of Serbia, Montenegro and Romania. Bulgaria becomes autonomous.
China: Taiping Rebellion
The Taiping Rebellion was the bloodiest conflict of the 19th century, leading to the deaths of around 20-30 million people. Its leader, Hong Xiuquan, declared himself the younger brother of Jesus Christ and developed a new Chinese religion known as the God Worshipping Society. After proclaiming the establishment of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom in 1851, the Taiping army conquered a large part of China, capturing Nanjing in 1853. In 1864, after the death of Hong Xiuquan, Qing forces recaptured Nanjing and ended the rebellion.
Japan: Meiji Restoration
During the Edo period, Japan largely pursued an isolationist foreign policy. In 1853, United States Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry threatened the Japanese capital Edo with gunships, demanding that they agree to open trade. This led to the opening of trade relations between Japan and foreign countries, with the policy of Sakoku formally ended in 1854.
By 1872, the Japanese government under Emperor Meiji had eliminated the daimyō system and established a strong central government. Further reforms included the abolishment of the samurai class, rapid industrialization and modernization of government, closely following European models.
- 1803: The United States more than doubles in size when it buys out France's territorial claims in North America via the Louisiana Purchase. This begins the U.S.'s westward expansion to the Pacific, referred to as its Manifest Destiny, which involves annexing and conquering land from Mexico, Britain, and Native Americans.
- 1823–1887: The British Empire annexed Burma (now also called Myanmar) after three Anglo-Burmese Wars.
- 1862: France gained its first foothold in Southeast Asia and in 1863 annexed Cambodia.
- 1867: The United States purchased Alaska from Russia.
In Africa, European exploration and technology led to the colonization of almost the entire continent by 1898. New medicines such as quinine and more advanced firearms allowed European nations to conquer native populations.
Motivations for the Scramble for Africa included national pride, desire for raw materials, and Christian missionary activity. Britain seized control of Egypt to ensure control of the Suez Canal, but Ethiopia defeated Italy in the First Italo–Ethiopian War at the Battle of Adwa. France, Belgium, Portugal, and Germany also had substantial colonies. The Berlin Conference of 1884–1885 attempted to reach agreement on colonial borders in Africa, but disputes continued, both amongst European powers and in resistance by the native populations.
In 1867, diamonds were discovered in the Kimberley region of South Africa. In 1886, gold was discovered in Transvaal. This led to colonization in Southern Africa by the British and business interests, led by Cecil Rhodes.
- 1801–1815: the First Barbary War and the Second Barbary War between the United States and the Barbary States of North Africa.
- 1804–1810: Fulani Jihad in Nigeria.
- 1804–1813: Russo-Persian War.
- 1806–1812: Russo-Turkish War, Treaty of Bucharest.
- 1807–1837: the Musket Wars among Māori in many parts of New Zealand.
- 1808–1809: Russia conquers Finland from Sweden in the Finnish War.
- 1810: The Grito de Dolores begins the Mexican War of Independence.
- 1811: Battle of Tippecanoe:U.S outnumbering Native Americans resulting in defeat and burning of community
- 1810s–1820s: Punjab War between the Sikh Empire and British Empire.
- 1812–1815: War of 1812 between the United States and Britain; ends in a draw, except that Native Americans lose power.
- 1813–1837: Afghan–Sikh Wars.
- 1814–16: Anglo-Nepalese War between Nepal (Gurkha Empire) and British Empire.
- 1817: First Seminole War begins in Florida.
- 1817: Russia commences its conquest of the Caucasus.
- 1820: Revolutions of 1820 in Southern Europe
- 1821–1830: Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire.
- 1825–1830: Java War.
- 1826–1828: After the final Russo-Persian War, the Persian Empire took back territory lost to Russia from the previous war.
- 1828–1832: Black War in Tasmania leads to the near extinction of the Tasmanian aborigines
- 1830: November Uprising in Poland against Russia.
- 1830: Belgian Revolution results in Belgium's independence from Netherlands.
- 1830: End of the Diponegoro war. The whole area of Yogyakarta and Surakarta Manca nagara Dutch seized. 27 September, Klaten Agreement determines a fixed boundary between Surakarta and Yogyakarta and permanently divide the kingdom of Mataram was signed by Sasradiningrat, Pepatih Dalem Surakarta, and Danurejo, Pepatih Dalem Yogyakarta. Mataram is a de facto and de yure controlled by the Dutch East Indies.
- 1831: France invades and occupies Algeria.
- 1831–1833: Egyptian–Ottoman War.
- 1832–1875: Regimental Rebellions of Brazil
- 1835–1836: Texas Revolution results in Texas's independence from Mexico.
- 1839–1842: Anglo-Chinese War
- 1846–1848: The Mexican–American War leads to Mexico's cession of much of the modern-day Southwestern United States.
- 1853–1856: Crimean War between France, the United Kingdom, the Ottoman Empire and Russia.
- 1857: Indian Mutiny against the Company Raj. After this the power of the East India Company is transferred to the British Crown.
- 1859: Franco-Austrian War is part of the wars of Italian unification.
- 1861–1865: American Civil War between the Union and seceding Confederacy.
- 1861–1867: French intervention in Mexico and the creation of the Second Mexican Empire, ruled by Maximilian I of Mexico and his consort Carlota of Mexico.
- 1863–1865: Polish uprising against the Russian Empire.
- 1864–1870: The Paraguayan War ends Paraguayan ambitions for expansion and destroys much of the Paraguayan population.
- 1866: Austro-Prussian War results in the dissolution of the German Confederation and the creation of the North German Confederation and the Austrian-Hungarian Dual Monarchy.
- 1868-1869: Boshin War results in end of the shogunate and the founding the Japanese Empire.
- 1868–1878: Ten Years' War between Cuba and Spain.
- 1870–1871: The Franco-Prussian War results in the unifications of Germany and Italy, the collapse of the Second French Empire and the emergence of a New Imperialism.
- 1876: the April Uprising in Bulgaria against the Ottoman Empire.
- 1879: Anglo-Zulu War results in British victory and the annexation of the Zulu Kingdom.
- 1879–1880: Little War against Spanish rule in Cuba leads to rebel defeat.
- 1879–1883: Chile battles with Peru and Bolivia over Andean territory in the War of the Pacific.
- 1880–1881: the First Boer War.
- 1881–1899: The Mahdist War in Sudan.
- 1882: The Anglo-Egyptian War British invasion and subsequent occupation of Egypt
- 1883–1898: The Mandingo Wars between the French colonial empire and the Wassoulou Empire of the Mandingo people led by Samory Touré.
- 1894–1895: After the First Sino-Japanese War, China cedes Taiwan to Japan and grants Japan a free hand in Korea.
- 1895: Taiwan is ceded to the Empire of Japan as a result of the First Sino-Japanese War.
- 1895–1896: Ethiopia defeats Italy in the First Italo–Ethiopian War at the Battle of Adwa.
- 1895–1898: Cuban War for Independence results in Cuban independence from Spain.
- 1896-1898: Philippine Revolution results Filipino victory.
- 1898: The Spanish–American War results in independence of Cuba.
- 1899–1901: The Boxer Rebellion in China is suppressed by an Eight-Nation Alliance.
- 1899–1902: The Thousand Days' War in Colombia breaks out between the "Liberales" and "Conservadores", culminating with the loss of Panama in 1903.
- 1899–1902: Second Boer War begins.
- 1899–1902: Philippine–American War begins.
Science and technology
The 19th century saw the birth of science as a profession; the term scientist was coined in 1833 by William Whewell, which soon replaced the older term of (natural) philosopher. Among the most influential ideas of the 19th century were those of Charles Darwin (alongside the independent researches of Alfred Russel Wallace), who in 1859 published the book The Origin of Species, which introduced the idea of evolution by natural selection. Another important landmark in medicine and biology were the successful efforts to prove the germ theory of disease. Following this, Louis Pasteur made the first vaccine against rabies, and also made many discoveries in the field of chemistry, including the asymmetry of crystals. In chemistry, Dmitri Mendeleev, following the atomic theory of John Dalton, created the first periodic table of elements. In physics, the experiments, theories and discoveries of Michael Faraday, André-Marie Ampère, James Clerk Maxwell, and their contemporaries led to the creation of electromagnetism as a new branch of science. Thermodynamics led to an understanding of heat and the notion of energy was defined. Other highlights include the discoveries unveiling the nature of atomic structure and matter, simultaneously with chemistry – and of new kinds of radiation. In astronomy, the planet Neptune was discovered. In mathematics, the notion of complex numbers finally matured and led to a subsequent analytical theory; they also began the use of hypercomplex numbers. Karl Weierstrass and others carried out the arithmetization of analysis for functions of real and complex variables. It also saw rise to new progress in geometry beyond those classical theories of Euclid, after a period of nearly two thousand years. The mathematical science of logic likewise had revolutionary breakthroughs after a similarly long period of stagnation. But the most important step in science at this time were the ideas formulated by the creators of electrical science. Their work changed the face of physics and made possible for new technology to come about including a rapid spread in the use of electric illumination and power in the last two decades of the century and radio wave communication at the end of the 1890s.
- 1807: Potassium and Sodium are individually isolated by Sir Humphry Davy.
- 1831–1836: Charles Darwin's journey on HMS Beagle.
- 1859: Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species.
- 1861: James Clerk Maxwell publishes On Physical Lines of Force, formulating the four Maxwell's equations.
- 1865: Gregor Mendel formulates his laws of inheritance.
- 1869: Dmitri Mendeleev created the Periodic table.
- 1873: Maxwell's A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism published.
- 1877: Asaph Hall discovers the moons of Mars
- 1896: Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity; J. J. Thomson identifies the electron, though not by name.
- 1804: Morphine first isolated.
- 1842: Anesthesia used for the first time.
- 1847: Chloroform invented for the first time, given to Queen Victoria at the birth of her eighth child, Prince Leopold in 1853
- 1855: Cocaine is isolated by Friedrich Gaedcke.
- 1885: Louis Pasteur creates the first successful vaccine against rabies for a young boy who had been bitten 14 times by a rabid dog.
- 1889: Aspirin patented.
- 1804: First steam locomotive begins operation.
- 1816: Laufmaschine invented by Karl von Drais.
- 1825: Erie Canal opened connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.
- 1825: First isolation of aluminium.
- 1825: The Stockton and Darlington Railway, the first public railway in the world, is opened.
- 1826: Samuel Morey patents the internal combustion engine.
- 1829: First electric motor built.
- 1837: Telegraphy patented.
- 1841: The word "dinosaur" is coined by Richard Owen
- 1844: First publicly funded telegraph line in the world—between Baltimore and Washington—sends demonstration message on 24 May, ushering in the age of the telegraph. This message read "What hath God wrought?" (Bible, Numbers 23:23)
- 1849: The safety pin and the gas mask are invented.
- 1855: Bessemer process enables steel to be mass-produced.
- 1856: World's first oil refinery in Romania
- 1858: Invention of the phonautograph, the first true device for recording sound.
- 1860: Benjamin Tyler Henry invents the 16 - shot Henry Rifle
- 1861: Richard Gatling invents the Gatling Gun, first modern machine gun used notably in the battles of Cold Harbor and Petersburg
- 1862: First meeting in combat of ironclad warships, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, during the American Civil War.
- 1863: First section of the London Underground opens.
- 1866: Successful transatlantic telegraph cable follows an earlier attempt in 1858.
- 1867: Alfred Nobel invents dynamite.
- 1868: Safety bicycle invented.
- 1869: First Transcontinental Railroad completed in United States on 10 May.
- 1870: Rasmus Malling-Hansen's invention the Hansen Writing Ball becomes the first commercially sold typewriter.
- 1873: Blue jeans and barbed wire are invented.
- 1877: Thomas Edison invents the phonograph
- 1878: First commercial telephone exchange in New Haven, Connecticut.
- c. 1875/1880: Introduction of the widespread use of electric lighting. These included early crude systems in France and the UK and the introduction of large scale outdoor arc lighting systems by 1880.
- 1879: Thomas Edison patents a practical incandescent light bulb.
- 1882: Introduction of large scale electric power utilities with the Edison Holborn Viaduct (London) and Pearl Street (New York) power stations supplying indoor electric lighting using Edison's incandescent bulb.
- 1884: Sir Hiram Maxim invents the first self-powered Machine gun.
- 1885: Singer begins production of the 'Vibrating Shuttle'. which would become the most popular model of sewing machine.
- 1886: Karl Benz sells the first commercial automobile.
- 1890: The cardboard box is invented.
- 1892: John Froelich develops and constructs the first gasoline/petrol-powered tractor.
- 1894: Karl Elsener invents the Swiss Army knife.
- 1894: First gramophone record.
- 1895: Wilhelm Röntgen identifies x-rays.
- 1818: The first permanent Reform Judaism congregation, the Neuer Israelitischer Tempel, is founded in Hamburg on October 18.
- 1830: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is established on 6 April 1830.
- 1844: Persian Prophet the Báb announces his revelation on 23 May, founding Bábism. He announced to the world of the coming of "He whom God shall make manifest". He is considered the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Baháʼí Faith.
- 1848: The Christadelphians founded by John Thomas (Christadelphian).
- 1871–1878: In Germany, Otto von Bismarck challenged the Catholic Church in the Kulturkampf ("Culture War")
- 1879: Mary Baker Eddy founds the Church of Christ, Scientist.
- 1879: first issue of "The Watchtower", a religious magazine currently published and distributed by the Jehovah's Witnesses
- 1889: Mirza Ghulam Ahmad establishes the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a reform sect of Islam.
- 1891: Pope Leo XIII launches the encyclical Rerum novarum, the first major Catholic document on social justice
- 1808: Beethoven composes Fifth Symphony
- 1813: Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice
- 1818: Mary Shelley publishes Frankenstein.
- 1819: John Keats writes his odes of 1819.
- 1819: Théodore Géricault paints his masterpiece The Raft of the Medusa, and exhibits it in the French Salon of 1819 at the Louvre.
- 1824: Premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
- 1829: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust premieres.
- 1837: Charles Dickens publishes Oliver Twist.
- 1841: Ralph Waldo Emerson publishes Self-Reliance.
- 1845: Frederick Douglass publishes Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
- 1847: The Brontë sisters publish Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey.
- 1849: Josiah Henson publishes The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself.
- 1851: Herman Melville publishes Moby-Dick.
- 1851: Sojourner Truth delivers the speech Ain't I a Woman?.
- 1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- 1855: Walt Whitman publishes the first edition of Leaves of Grass.
- 1855: Frederick Douglass publishes the first edition of My Bondage and My Freedom.
- 1862: Victor Hugo publishes Les Misérables.
- 1865: Lewis Carroll publishes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- 1869: Leo Tolstoy publishes War and Peace.
- 1875: Georges Bizet's opera Carmen premiers in Paris.
- 1876: Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle is first performed in its entirety.
- 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is published.
- 1884: Mark Twain publishes the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- 1886: "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson is published.
- 1887: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle publishes his first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet.
- 1889: Vincent van Gogh paints The Starry Night.
- 1889: Moulin Rouge opens in Paris.
- 1892: Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite premières in St Petersberg.
- 1894: Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is published
- 1895: Trial of Oscar Wilde and premiere of his play The Importance of Being Earnest.
- 1897: Bram Stoker writes Dracula.
- 1900: L. Frank Baum publishes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
On the literary front the new century opens with romanticism, a movement that spread throughout Europe in reaction to 18th-century rationalism, and it develops more or less along the lines of the Industrial Revolution, with a design to react against the dramatic changes wrought on nature by the steam engine and the railway. William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge are considered the initiators of the new school in England, while in the continent the German Sturm und Drang spreads its influence as far as Italy and Spain. French arts had been hampered by the Napoleonic Wars but subsequently developed rapidly. Modernism began.
The Goncourts and Émile Zola in France and Giovanni Verga in Italy produce some of the finest naturalist novels. Italian naturalist novels are especially important in that they give a social map of the new unified Italy to a people that until then had been scarcely aware of its ethnic and cultural diversity. There was a huge literary output during the 19th century. Some of the most famous writers included the Russians Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov and Fyodor Dostoyevsky; the English Charles Dickens, John Keats, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Jane Austen; the Scottish Sir Walter Scott and Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of the character Sherlock Holmes); the Irish Oscar Wilde; the Americans Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Mark Twain; and the French Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Jules Verne, Alexandre Dumas and Charles Baudelaire.
Some American literary writers, poets and novelists were: Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Harriet Ann Jacobs, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Joel Chandler Harris, and Emily Dickinson to name a few.
- Ottomar Anschütz, chronophotographer
- Mathew Brady, documented the American Civil War
- Edward S. Curtis, documented the American West notably Native Americans
- Louis Daguerre, inventor of daguerreotype process of photography, chemist
- Thomas Eakins, pioneer motion photographer
- George Eastman, inventor of roll film
- Hércules Florence, pioneer inventor of photography
- Auguste and Louis Lumière, pioneer film-makers, inventors
- Étienne-Jules Marey, pioneer motion photographer, chronophotographer
- Eadweard Muybridge, pioneer motion photographer, chronophotographer
- Nadar a.k.a. Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, portrait photographer
- Nicéphore Niépce, pioneer inventor of photography
- Louis Le Prince, motion picture inventor and pioneer film-maker
- Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, chemist and photographer
- William Fox Talbot, inventor of the negative / positive photographic process.
Visual artists, painters, sculptors
The Realism and Romanticism of the early 19th century gave way to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in the later half of the century, with Paris being the dominant art capital of the world. In the United States the Hudson River School was prominent. 19th-century painters included:
- Ivan Aivazovsky
- Léon Bakst
- Albert Bierstadt
- William Blake
- Arnold Böcklin
- Rosa Bonheur
- William Burges
- Mary Cassatt
- Camille Claudel
- Paul Cézanne
- Frederic Edwin Church
- Thomas Cole
- Jan Matejko
- John Constable
- Camille Corot
- Gustave Courbet
- Honoré Daumier
- Edgar Degas
- Eugène Delacroix
- Thomas Eakins
- Caspar David Friedrich
- Paul Gauguin
- Théodore Géricault
- Vincent van Gogh
- William Morris
- Francisco Goya
- Andō Hiroshige
- Winslow Homer
- Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
- Isaac Levitan
- Édouard Manet
- Claude Monet
- Gustave Moreau
- Berthe Morisot
- Edvard Munch
- Mikhail Nesterov
- Camille Pissarro
- Augustus Pugin
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Ilya Repin
- Auguste Rodin
- Albert Pinkham Ryder
- John Singer Sargent
- Valentin Serov
- Georges Seurat
- Ivan Shishkin
- Vasily Surikov
- James Tissot
- Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
- Joseph Mallord William Turner
- Viktor Vasnetsov
- Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
- Mikhail Vrubel
- James Abbott McNeill Whistler
- Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Sonata form matured during the Classical era to become the primary form of instrumental compositions throughout the 19th century. Much of the music from the 19th century was referred to as being in the Romantic style. Many great composers lived through this era such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Richard Wagner. The list includes:
- Mily Balakirev
- Ludwig van Beethoven
- Hector Berlioz
- Georges Bizet
- Alexander Borodin
- Johannes Brahms
- Anton Bruckner
- Frédéric Chopin
- Claude Debussy
- Antonín Dvořák
- Mikhail Glinka
- Edvard Grieg
- Scott Joplin
- Alexandre Levy
- Franz Liszt
- Gustav Mahler
- Felix Mendelssohn
- Modest Mussorgsky
- Jacques Offenbach
- Niccolò Paganini
- Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
- Gioachino Rossini
- Anton Rubinstein
- Camille Saint-Saëns
- Antonio Salieri
- Franz Schubert
- Robert Schumann
- Alexander Scriabin
- Arthur Sullivan
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Giuseppe Verdi
- Richard Wagner
- 1867: The Marquess of Queensberry Rules for boxing are published.
- 1872: The first recognised international soccer match, between England and Scotland, is played.
- 1877: The first test cricket match, between England and Australia, is played.
- 1891: Basketball is invented by James Naismith.
- 1895: Volleyball is invented.
- 1896: Olympic Games revived in Athens.
- 1801: The Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland merge to form the United Kingdom.
- 1802: The Wahhabis of the First Saudi State sack Karbala.
- 1803: William Symington demonstrates his Charlotte Dundas, the "first practical steamboat".
- 1803: The Wahhabis of the First Saudi State capture Mecca and Medina.
- 1804: Austrian Empire founded by Francis I.
- 1804: World population reaches 1 billion.
- 1805: The Battle of Trafalgar eliminates the French and Spanish naval fleets and allows for British dominance of the seas, a major factor for the success of the British Empire later in the century.
- 1805–1848: Muhammad Ali modernizes Egypt.
- 1810: The University of Berlin was founded. Among its students and faculty are Hegel, Marx, and Bismarck. The German university reform proves to be so successful that its model is copied around the world (see History of European research universities).
- 1814: Elisha Collier invents the Flintlock Revolver.
- 1814 : February 1 Eruption of Mayon Volcano
- 1815: April, Mount Tambora in Sumbawa island erupts, becoming the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, destroying Tambora culture, and killing at least 71,000 people, including its aftermath. The eruption created global climate anomalies known as "volcanic winter".
- 1816: Year Without a Summer: Unusually cold conditions wreak havoc throughout the Northern Hemisphere, likely influenced by the 1815 explosion of Mount Tambora.
- 1816–1828: Shaka's Zulu Kingdom becomes the largest in Southern Africa.
- 1819: The modern city of Singapore is established by the British East India Company.
- 1820: Discovery of Antarctica.
- 1820: Liberia founded by the American Colonization Society for freed American slaves.
- 1820: Dissolution of the Maratha Empire.
- 1821–1823: First Mexican Empire, as Mexico's first post-independent government, ruled by Emperor Agustín I of Mexico.
- 1822: Pedro I of Brazil declared Brazil's independence from Portugal on 7 September.
- 1823: Monroe Doctrine declared by US President James Monroe.
- 1825: The Decembrist revolt.
- 1830: Anglo-Russian rivalry over Afghanistan, the Great Game, commences and concludes in 1895.
- 1831: November Uprising ends with crushing defeat for Poland in the Battle of Warsaw.
- 1832: The British Parliament passes the Great Reform Act.
- 1834–1859: Imam Shamil's rebellion in Russian-occupied Caucasus.
- 1835–1836: The Texas Revolution in Mexico resulted in the short-lived Republic of Texas.
- 1836: Samuel Colt popularizes the revolver and sets up a firearms company to manufacture his invention of the Colt Paterson revolver a six bullets firearm shot one by one without reloading manually.
- 1837–1838: Rebellions of 1837 in Canada.
- 1838: By this time, 46,000 Native Americans have been forcibly relocated in the Trail of Tears.
- 1839–1860: After the First and Second Opium Wars, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and Russia gain many trade and associated concessions from China resulting in the start of the decline of the Qing dynasty.
- 1839–1919: Anglo-Afghan Wars lead to stalemate and the establishment of the Durand line
- 1842: Treaty of Nanking cedes Hong Kong to the British.
- 1843: The first wagon train sets out from Missouri.
- 1844: Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers establish what is considered the first cooperative in the world.
- 1845–1849: The Great Famine of Ireland leads to the Irish diaspora.
- 1848: The Communist Manifesto published.
- 1848: Seneca Falls Convention is the first women's rights convention in the United States and leads to the battle for women's suffrage.
- 1848–1855: California Gold Rush.
- 1849: Earliest recorded air raid, as Austria employs 200 balloons to deliver ordnance against Venice.
- 1850: The Little Ice Age ends around this time.
- 1850: Franz Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch establishes the first cooperative financial institution.
- 1851: The Great Exhibition in London was the world's first international Expo or World Fair.
- 1852: Frederick Douglass delivers his speech "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" in Rochester, New York.
- 1857: Sir Joseph Whitworth designs the first long-range sniper rifle.
- 1857–1858: Indian Rebellion of 1857. The British Empire assumes control of India from the East India Company.
- 1858: Construction of Big Ben is completed.
- 1859–1869: Suez Canal is constructed.
- 1860: Giuseppe Garibaldi launches the Expedition of the Thousand.
- 1861: Russia abolishes serfdom.
- 1862–1877: Muslim Rebellion in north-west China.
- 1863: Formation of the International Red Cross is followed by the adoption of the First Geneva Convention in 1864.
- 1865–1877: Reconstruction in the United States; Slavery is banned in the United States by the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- 1868: Michael Barrett is the last person to be publicly hanged in England.
- 1869: The Suez Canal opens linking the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.
- 1870: Official dismantling of the Cultivation System and beginning of a 'Liberal Policy' of deregulated exploitation of the Netherlands East Indies.
- 1870–1890: Long Depression in Western Europe and North America.
- 1871–1872: Famine in Persia is believed to have caused the death of 2 million.
- 1871: The Paris Commune briefly rules the French capital.
- 1872: Yellowstone National Park, the first national park, is created.
- 1874: The Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artistes Peintres, Sculpteurs, and Graveurs, better known as the Impressionists, organize and present their first public group exhibition at the Paris studio of the photographer Nadar.
- 1874: The Home Rule Movement is established in Ireland.
- 1875: HMS Challenger surveys the deepest point in the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep
- 1876: Battle of the Little Bighorn leads to the death of General Custer and victory for the alliance of Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho
- 1876–1914: The massive expansion in population, territory, industry and wealth in the United States is referred to as the Gilded Age.
- 1877: Great Railroad Strike in the United States may have been the world's first nationwide labour strike.
- 1881: Wave of pogroms begins in the Russian Empire.
- 1881–1882: The Jules Ferry laws are passed in France establishing free, secular education.
- 1883: Krakatoa volcano explosion, one of the largest in modern history.
- 1883: The quagga is rendered extinct.
- 1886: Construction of the Statue of Liberty; Coca-Cola is developed.
- 1888: Founding of the shipping line Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij (KPM) that supported the unification and development of the colonial economy.
- 1888: The Golden Law abolishes slavery in Brazil.
- 1889: Eiffel Tower is inaugurated in Paris.
- 1889: A republican military coup establishes the First Brazilian Republic. The parliamentary constitutional monarchy is abolished.
- 1889-1890: 1889–1890 pandemic kills 1 million people.
- 1890: First use of the electric chair as a method of execution.
- 1892: The World's Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World.
- 1892: Fingerprinting is officially adopted for the first time.
- 1893: New Zealand becomes the first country to enact women's suffrage.
- 1893: The Coremans-de Vriendt law is passed in Belgium, creating legal equality for French and Dutch languages.
- 1894: Lombok War The Dutch loot and destroy the Cakranegara palace of Mataram. J. L. A. Brandes, a Dutch philologist, discovers and secures Nagarakretagama manuscript in Lombok royal library.
- 1896: Philippine Revolution ends declaring Philippines free from Spanish rule.
- 1898: The United States gains control of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines after the Spanish–American War.
- 1898: Empress Dowager Cixi of China engineers a coup d'état, marking the end of the Hundred Days' Reform; the Guangxu Emperor is arrested.
- 1900: Exposition Universelle held in Paris, prominently featuring the growing art trend Art Nouveau.
- 1900–1901: Eight nations invade China at the same time and ransack Forbidden City.
Supplementary portrait gallery
Victor Hugo c. 1876
Louis Pasteur, 1878
Marie Curie, c. 1898
Leo Tolstoy c. 1897
Arthur Rimbaud c. 1872
Mark Twain, 1894
Henry David Thoreau, August 1861.
Émile Zola, c. 1900
Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1876
John L Sullivan in his prime, c. 1882
Mathew Brady, Self-portrait, c. 1875
Niccolò Paganini, c.1819
Frédéric Chopin, 1838
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