Meaning of Belle Époque, La*

Belle É•poque La

Pronunciation: (la bel ā-pôk'), [key]
— French. French.
  1. the period (1871–1914) between the end of the Franco-Prussian War and the outbreak of World War I, characterized by relative peacefulness in Western Europe and by marked advances and productivity in the arts, literature, technology, etc.
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