1914-Present
Review
The Big Thematic picture
Theme 1- Interaction between humans
and the environment
Theme 2 Development and interaction
of cultures
Theme 3 State-building, expansion, and
conflict
Theme 4 Creation, expansion, and
interaction of economic systems
Theme 5- Development and
transformation of social structures
Three Things to Remember
Population increased rapidly as has
movement of people.
Traditional social and gender structures have
been challenged during this time periodwhether through political movements like
communism or social movements like the
suffrage movement.
Women gained the right to vote in most parts
of the world. New medical innovations have
given women control over their reproductive
system like never before. Through dolls like
the Barbie, women continue to be objectified,
however.
Three more things to Remember
The world has become more and more
integrated due to improved communication
and transportation technology. Global
commerce is the norm. Fundamental
religious movements have arisen because of
the unease this new fast-paced connected
world has fostered.
Rise of the Nation-state in all areas of the
world. As minority ethnic groups seek to
assert their rights, conflicts arise within these
states
International organizations define the newworld order.
The Bookends
1914- outbreak of WWI
Weakening of European imperial system
Rise of communism with Russian Revolution
of 1917
Details- World conflict
World War I
Great Depression
Fascism and totalitarian states
World War II
Cold War
Nationalist movements-Israel, Palestine,
Sub-Saharan Africa, Vietnam
Revolutions- Russia, China, Mexico, Iran
Details- Demography and the
Environment
Rapid population growth
Increased rapidity of Migration.
Global diseases- AIDS, SARS, bird flu
Rapid Urbanization, especially in the less
developed countries
Global warming as a result of
industrialization
Agricultural innovations- Green
Revolution and GM foods
Details- Social changes
Changing roles of women in the westbirth control, feminism, women in the
workforce.
Women involved in revolutions and seen
as legally “equal” to men.
Conflict between “western” concept of
women and traditional concept.
Barbie vs. Sara
Details- Cultural and Intellectual
expressions
African and Asian influences of European
art.
Western intellectual thought- especially
science and the enlightenment- were
highly influential to Asian and African
areas.
Traditional religious teachings continue
to be influential and often form the
backbone to anti-imperial activities.
Details- Changing roles of States
Enlightenment said that the government was
needed to be responsive to the people (at
least to males with property)
Some new nation states experimented with
democratic ideals (U.S. France, Britain)
Land-based empires (coercive tribute states)
continued to enforce absolute rule and
resisted enlightenment ideas.
Latin America co-opted the ideas, but usually
just as justification for maintaining Creole
power.
Details: Internationalization of
Culture
International organizations
OPEC
GATT
WTO
Multinational companies
Microsoft
Alcatel
BP
Rock and Roll, Jeans
Changes and Continuities
Change: Nationalism
Change: Democracy
Change: Rapid Communication
Change: Women improved politically and
economically
Change: Increased industrialization
Continuity: Women continue in traditional roles
Continuity: Peripheral states continue with
subsistence and agricultural economies
Continuity: Unrepresentative governments
prevalent
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