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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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Jul 12, 2020

Political violence in Mexico tapers off after the new constitution comes into effect, although Venustiano Carranza will not give up power willingly.

Jul 5, 2020

The technological end economic changes wrought by the Great War will have major impacts even on nations that remained neutral.

Jun 21, 2020

The compromise under which Japan got the German concession in China was bitterly resented in China and led to a backlash against the West.

Jun 14, 2020

The Japanese, like the Italians, had territorial demands they wanted the peace conference to recognize. They also wanted the League of Nations to embrace racial equality.

Jun 7, 2020

With Italian politics becoming increasingly polarized between violent extremes, the environment is perfect for the rise of Mussolini.

May 31, 2020

After Italy's postwar territorial demands were rejected by the other Allies, Prime Minister Orlando and the Italian delegation walked out of the peace conference.

May 17, 2020

The standoff between the Turks and what remained of the Allies (Greece, backed up by Britain) leads to war.

May 10, 2020

As the USA, Italy, and France lose interest in the region, Britain fights to enforce the Treaty of Sèvres, relying on the Greek Army to provide the military might. Meanwhile, the political situation in Greece changes.

May 3, 2020

As Allied troops took up positions in Turkey, the Allies and the Ottoman government signed the Treaty of Sèvres, which imposed a harsh set of conditions. But nationalist Turks in the interior of Anatolia were not ready to give up the struggle.

Apr 26, 2020

The British accepted Hussein of Mecca as King of Hejaz, but when he resisted their plan to remake the Near East, they allowed the neighboring Emir of Najd to seize control.

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