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The History of the Twentieth Century

A chronicle of the history of the twentieth century, including art, music, popular culture, science, religion, and, of course, politics and war.
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Nov 29, 2020

In 1858, the British government took direct control over India. This was supposed to cure the injustices of Company administration, but life in India grew worse, not better.

Nov 22, 2020

India is one of the world's oldest nations. In the early 18th century, it was the world's largest economy. By the end of that century, it was entirely under the control of a foreign multinational corporation.

Nov 8, 2020

In the two years since the Armistice, virtually nothing had gone right in the United States. In 1920, voters chose the candidate who promised a return to normalcy.

Nov 1, 2020

By 1923, inflation was raging in Germany, and so was the right wing.

Oct 25, 2020

When reparations payments first came due in 1921, the German economy was in bad shape and the government resisted payment, while the German right opposed paying them at all.

Oct 18, 2020

Germany receives the Treaty of Versailles and is given the choice of accepting the treaty as it stands, or restarting the war.

Oct 4, 2020

Imposing an indemnity on the defeated enemy after a war was a longstanding practice. At the Paris Peace Conference, reparations were supposed to be something more just and civilized: a charge for losses to civilians during the German occupation of Belgium and France.

Sep 27, 2020

The new democratic German government believed they could get a generous peace deal from the Allies. They were wrong.

Sep 20, 2020

After the abdication/removal of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Germany was declared a republic. But what kind of republic?

Sep 13, 2020

With the bloodshed seemingly unending, the Lloyd George government and the Irish Republic strike an agreement.

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