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    Posted: 16 Aug 2009 at 22:41

Some years last century may be seen as "landmarks". By pure acident often some "9"s. 1919 and the conference at Versailles, 1939 and WW2, 1949 an important cold war year and 1989 and the end of East West "dualism" and Communist rule in most of Europe and other places. Should one of them be specially remembered now? 

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1919, 1945, 1989... Is it really that simple?
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Personally, I would choose different dates: 1905, 1948, and 1969.
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I think the key year of the 20th century is 1914. In a very real sense that date marks the beginning of the end of the "European" civilization and almost monopoly of the world affairs. Also it is the beginning of the worst carnage and genocide the world has seen throughout its history. It was the beginning of the first world war that killed more than 10 millions, and that also led to WWII with 50 million casualties more! A real disaster and the worst crime mankind has witness.

1914 is also the time when the Victorial morality is left behind and liberalism become more audacious as time goes. It is no wonder that even those very old Argentinean Tangos like "Cambalache" speak about the destruction of the customs and the beginning of a society of "thugs", corrupts and degenerated (any similarity with today's world is just coincidence).
 
The second important date is 1945. At that year the atomic evil was release and mankind realize for the first time on history that war could end with the human species! All what came later was just a consecuence of it: the cold war, and perhaps the fall of Berlin as well.
 
The other important dates are 1903, 1961 and 1969. At the first, the Wright bros flew an airplane for the first time. At the second Gagarin become the first man ever to reach orbit. And at 1969, Armstrong become the first man to step onto another planet.
 


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I may agree on 1914 when it comes to "political" significance(soon a century gone).Not only the two World Wars, but allso the big ideological "regimes"(the "socialist", "fascist" etcetera) can in some sense the traced back to that year. And if we discuss scientific or technological history some completely different years may be chosen.
Even more important than any discussion about particular years may be that major changes in the "world order" occured so often. then the next question may be about the future (stability or not?)of
the "present order" (what should we call it? capitalist, globalist, market, "powered" by scientific, technological and industrial growth).
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1914 WW1 (millions dead, leading to mass social and economic changes, decline of Europe, rise of USA)
 
1917 Russian Revolution (leading to civil war with millions dead, communist rule over a great power, and eventually the tyranny of Stalin)
 
1929 Wall Street Crash
 
1939 WW2 (trigger for mass genocide, social economic changes, new balance of power, new technologies)
 
1947 Independence/partition of India and Pakistan
 
1948 Birth of Israel
 
1949 People's Republic of China
 
1989 Collapse of Communism in Russia/Eastern Europe


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Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:

I think the key year of the 20th century is 1914. In a very real sense that date marks the beginning of the end of the "European" civilization and almost monopoly of the world affairs. Also it is the beginning of the worst carnage and genocide the world has seen throughout its history. It was the beginning of the first world war that killed more than 10 millions, and that also led to WWII with 50 million casualties more! A real disaster and the worst crime mankind has witness.

 
The first 'modern' war was no doubt the Russo-Japanese 1904-1905 war, not the Great War.
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- 1895, China's defeat in the Sino-Japanese War, which includes the recognition of Korean "independence" and the loss of Taiwan to Japan.
- 1905, Russia's defeat in the Russo-Japanese War, which together with the Sino-Japanese war, set the bells tolliong for both Colonialism and neo-Colonialism in Asia.
- 1919 for two reasons. Politically, the failure of the Versailles Treaty to address national liberation, and Scientifically, for the triumph of scientific medicine over homeopathic medicine during the Great Influenza.
- 1937, the year that World War II started in Asia.
- 1945...
- 1954, the end of colonial based Empire.
- 1968...

Edited by lirelou - 17 Aug 2009 at 22:35
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