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Part 3 : 1914- present
Explores the world in the aftermath of European hegemony, focusing especially on new forms of postwar globalization.
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World War I: The Death of Glory
After World War I, after the destruction of the old world order, nothing was recognizable—and what was rebuilt was only a shadow of the greatness and history that had been destroyed. Using graphic footage, commentary by leading experts, battlefield tours, archival artifacts, and previously unpublished images from L’Album de la Guerre: 1914-1919, this A&E Special argues that the Great War had a more profound effect on civilization than any other war in history, before or since.
Red Chapters: Turning Points in the History of Communism
This outstanding six-part series examines several of these pivotal moments within the context of 20th-century Communism, exposing the machinations of those behind the scenes and underscoring the importance of their actions.
The UN: It's More Than You think
This informative program provides an accurate profile of the United Nations—its organization, structure, and purpose. It covers the organization from its history and status as an international zone in New York City, to explanations of its role as mediator between developed and developing nations, which often find themselves politically divided.
Issues in Globalization
This two-part series defines globalization—a term that students may have heard but not understood—and guides viewers through a study of its origins and impact. Focusing on environmental sustainability and the plight of Bangladeshi textile workers, the programs visit factory owners and employees in Dhaka to explore the various outcomes of economic growth.
Collapse and Recovery of Europe, 1914-1970s
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World War I
World War I was the defining event of the twentieth century. Its unfinished political and military business laid the foundation for an even greater world war that began in 1939. Its impact on the great powers of Europe cleared the ground for the peripheral empires, the United States and the USSR, which in turn engaged in a third world war, a cold one, that ended only in 1989.
The Great Depression of the 1930s was a time of widespread poverty and hardship in the United States and around the world. Until the Great Depression, poverty relief was seen as primarily the responsibility of cities and states. As a result of the nationwide economic hardship caused by the Great Depression, the federal government under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became heavily involved with poverty relief,
Totalitarian philosophy of government that glorifies the state and nation and assigns to the state control over every aspect of national life. The name was first used by the party started by Benito Mussolini, who ruled Italy from 1922 until the Italian defeat in World War II.
World War II
War between Germany, Italy, and Japan (the Axis powers) on one side, and Britain, the Commonwealth, France, the USA, the USSR, and China (the Allies) on the other. An estimated 55 million lives were lost (20 million of them citizens of the USSR), and 60 million people in Europe were displaced because of bombing raids. The war was fought in the Atlantic theatre (Europe, North Africa, and the Atlantic Ocean) and the Pacific theatre (Far East and the Pacific).
Rise and Fall of World Communism, 1917-present
Fundamentally, a system of social organization in which property (especially real property and the means of production) is held in common. Thus, the ejido system of the indigenous people of Mexico and the property-and-work system of the Inca were both communist, although the former was a matter of more or less independent communities cultivating their own lands in common and the latter a type of community organization within a highly organized empire.
Series of great political upheavals in China between 1911 and 1949 which eventually led to Communist Party rule and the establishment of the People's Republic of China.
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR) Former federal republic, successor to the Russian Empire and the world's first communist state. The Soviet Union formed on December 30, 1922 and, when dissolved on December 31, 1991, was the largest country in the world.
Independence and Development in the Global South, 1914-present
Gradual achievement of independence by former colonies of the European imperial powers, which began after World War I. The process of decolonization accelerated after World War II with 43 states achieving independence between 1956 and 1960, 51 between 1961 and 1980, and 23 from 1981.
Association of states for international peace, security, and cooperation, with its headquarters in New York City. The UN was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 states as a successor to the League of Nations. Its Charter, whose obligations member states agree to accept, sets out four purposes for the UN: to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights; and to be a centre for the harmonizing the actions of nations.
Accelerating Global Interactions, Since 1945
The Global Economy
he global economy has changed in very significant ways during the past several decades, and these changes are rooted in how the global economy is organized and governed. These transformations affect not only the flows of goods and services across national borders, but also the implications of these processes for how countries move up (or down) in the international system.
Process by which different parts of the globe become interconnected by economic, social, cultural, and political means. Globalization has become increasingly rapid since the 1970s and 1980s as a result of developments in technology, communications, and trade liberalization. Critics of globalization fear the increasing power of unelected multinational corporations, financial markets, and non-government organizations (NGOs), whose decisions can have direct and rapid effects on ordinary citizens' lives.
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World War I Document Archive
This archive of primary documents from World War One has been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L). International in focus, the archive intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War.
World War II Documents
Yale Law School website, this represents an exhaustive resource for those interested in primary documents.
Yale Global Online
A publication of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, this online international politics magazine analyses and promotes debate on all aspects of globalization. It publishes both original material and reprints, with brief comment, and important articles from other publications.