World Since 1945


French Revolution

1788 - 1804

Communist Manifesto


Writings of Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels, used later by Lenin as a premise that material conditions, specifically the prevailing economic system, shaped who people are and what they think. Also, the proletariate will overthrow the bourgeoisie.

World War One

1914 - 1919

Started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Triple Entente=France, GB, Russia (leaves in 1917), Italy, & US
Central Powers=Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire



Vladimir Lenin's "Imperialism" published, labeling the flaws of global capitalism.
1)The contradiction within advanced capitalist economies.
2)The major capitalist countries increasingly collided over world markets.
3)The advanced capitalist states against the greater part of the world's population living in colonial & dependent countries.

Bolshevik Revolution


The Red Army overthrow of the "capitalists" in Russia, creating the Soviet Union. Lenin hoped for it to be the first break in the capitalist chain of control which would then encircle the globe and spark other revolutions.

US Entry into WW1


U.S. intervened in the war on the side of the Entente, ultimately deciding the outcome of the war.

Wilson's 14 Points

January 8, 1918

President Woodrow Wilson's hope and vision for the world after WW1-called for self-determination of all countries and the ridding of colonization, no military rivalries, & open diplomatic relations, among others.

Japan Invades Machuria


Japan invade's China's northeastern provinces (Manchuria).

Hitler's Invasions

1938 - 1941

In 1938, Hitler annexes Czechoslovakia. In 1939, the Germans quickly take over Poland. In 1940, France falls to the Nazis in 6 weeks. Finally in 1941, Hitler breaks the non-aggression pact with Stalin and invades the USSR.

World War Two

1939 - 1945

Allies=US, GB, France, Russia
Axis=Germany, Italy, Japan

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

Japan attacks the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, causing the U.S. to declare war on them.


August 6, 1945

The "watershed" moment in history after WW2 marked a distinct shift in contemporary global history-the ending of one era and the beginning of another.

Atomic Bomb Dropping

August 6, 1945 - August 9, 1945

U.S. drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, forcing the to surrender unconditionally, and thus ending WW2.