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Chapter 24

Life In Emerging Urban Society

Condition of the working classes improves

1850 - 1914

Modernization of Paris

1850 - 1870

Pasteur develops pasteurization


Development of germ theory

1854 - 1870

Flaubert, Madame Bovary


her first book, the story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns.

Unification of Italy

1859 - 1870

The unification of Italy was a political and social movement that combined many different states on the Italian Peninsula into one large state.

Darwin, On the Origin of Species


published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology.Darwin's book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection.

U.S Civil War

1861 - 1865

The Civil War was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 between the United States (the "Union" or the "North") and several Southern slave states that declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America (the "Confederacy" or the "South"). The war had its origin in the issue of slavery. Foreign powers did not intervene. After four years of bloody combat that left over 600,000 soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South's infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed, slavery was abolished, and the difficult Reconstruction process of restoring national unity and guaranteeing rights to the freed slaves began.

Mendeleev creates periodic table


A scientist by the name of Dmitri Mendeleev created a new organisational method of elements called the periodic table. In this table elements were arranged in series and periods and were numbered according to mass.

Birthrate steadily declines in Europe

1880 - 1913

Dostoevski, The Brothers Karamazov

1880 - 1881

The Brothers Karamazov is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, which was published as a serial in The Russian Messenger and completed in November 1880.

Electric streetcars indroduced in Europe


The Electric street car is introduced. This is due to the technological developments that were going on at the time in electricity and mechanically, producing these useful machines that the rich could afford.

Chapter 25

The Age of Nationalism

Reign of Napoleon III in France

1852 - 1871

Mill, On Liberty


On Liberty is a philosophical work by British philosopher John Stuart Mill, originally intended as a short essay. The work, published in 1859, applies Mill's ethical system of utilitarianism to society and the state.

Industrialization of Russia

1860 - 1900

Freeing of Russian serfs


In 1861 serfdom, the system which tied the Russian peasants irrevocably to their landlords, was abolished at the Tsar’s imperial command. This was due to the Tsar believing any form of "slavery" was inhumane.

Austro-Prussian War


Kulturkampf, Bismarck's attack on the Catholic church

1870 - 1878

German policies in relation to secularity and the influence of the Roman Catholic Church, enacted from 1871 to 1878. These were to allow the state to gain further control, and add more checks to the church's power.

Franco-Prussian War

1870 - 1871

a significant conflict pitting the Second French Empire against the Kingdom of Prussia. Prussia was aided by the North German Confederation, crafted in 1867 after Prussia's victory against the Austrian Empire and of which it was a leading member, and the South German states of Baden, Württemberg, Bavaria and Hesse-Darmstadt. In 1870 France mobilized and declared war on Prussia only, but the other German states quickly joined on Prussia's side.The war and its resulting German victory brought about many important economic, political and social events that had a lasting impact on European and world developments.

Education reforms affect catholic Schools in France

1880 - 1890

First social security laws to help workers in Germany


"Bloody Sunday" in Russia


the name that came to be given to the events of 22 January 1905 in St Petersburg, Russia, where unarmed, peaceful demonstrators marching to present a petition to the Tsar Nicholas II were fired upon by soldiers of the Imperial Guard when approaching the city center and the Winter Palace from several gathering points. The shooting did not occur in the Palace Square. Bloody Sunday was an event with grave consequences for the Tsarist regime, as the disregard for ordinary people shown by the reaction of the authorities undermined support for the state.

Chapter 26

The West and the World

Perry "opens" Japan for trade


Reign of Ismail in Egypt

1863 - 1879

Reign of Leopold II in Belgium

1865 - 1909

during this time Leopold ruled as the King of the Belgians, and is chiefly remembered for the founding and exploitation of the Congo Free State. He committed numerous henious deeds and is considered respossible for 2-15 million Congonese

Meiji Restoration in Japan


a chain of events that restored imperial rule to Japan in 1868 under Emperor Meiji. The goals of the restored government were expressed by the new emperor in the Charter Oath. The Restoration led to enormous changes in Japan's political and social structure, and spanned both the late Edo period (often called Late Tokugawa shogunate) and the beginning of the Meiji period. The period spanned from 1868 to 1912 and was responsible for the emergence of Japan as a modernized nation in the early twentieth century.

Completion of the Suez Canal


United States takes over the Philippines


"Hundred days of reform" in China


a failed 104-day national cultural, political and educational reform movement from 11 June to 21 September 1898 in late Qing Dynasty China. It was undertaken by the young Guangxu Emperor and his reform-minded supporters. The movement proved to be short-lived, ending in a coup d'état

Kipling, "The White Man's Burden"


“The White Man’s Burden” is a poem by the English poet Rudyard Kipling. It was originally published in the popular magazine McClure's in 1899, with the subtitle The United States and the Philippine Islands.

Conrad, "Heart of Darkness"


Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, is a short novel, presented as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow’s job as an ivory transporter down an unnamed river in Africa.

Hobson, "Imperialism


a politico–economic discourse about the negative financial, economic, and moral aspects of imperialism as a nationalistic business enterprise.

Chapter 27

The Great Break: War and Revolution

First Balkan War


The First Balkan War, which lasted from October 1912 to May 1913, pitted the Balkan League (Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Bulgaria) against the Ottoman Empire. The combined armies of the Balkan states overcame the numerically inferior and strategically disadvantaged Ottoman armies and achieved rapid success. As a result of the war, almost all remaining European territories of the Ottoman Empire were captured and partitioned among the allies.

World War I

1914 - 1918

Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand


On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo, by Gavrilo Princip, one of a group of six Bosnian Serb assassins coordinated by Danilo Ilić.

Ministry of Munitions established in Britain


Italy and Bulgaria enter World War I


Rasputin murdered


On the night of December 16-17, 1916, Vladimir Rasputin-the "Mad Monk" of Russia"-was killed with some difficulty.

German males between 17-60 work for war effort


Growth of Antiwar movement throughout Europe

1916 - 1918

Russian Revolution


the collective term for a series of revolutions in Russia in 1917, which dismantled the Tsarist autocracy and led to the creation of the Russian SFSR. The Emperor was forced to abdicate and the old regime was replaced by a provisional government during the first revolution of February 1917. In the second revolution, during October, the Provisional Government was removed and replaced with a Bolshevik (Communist) government.

Treaty of Versailles


one of the peace treaties at the end of World War I. It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. It was signed on 28 June 1919, exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The other Central Powers on the German side of World War I were dealt with in separate treaties.[1] Although the armistice, signed on 11 November 1918, ended the actual fighting, it took six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty. The treaty itself sparked lots of controversy due to its "war guilt clause".

Chapter 28

The Age of Anxiety

Rutherford splits Atom


Freudian psychology gains popular attention


Keynes, "Economic Consequences of the Peace"


a book written and published by John Maynard Keynes. Keynes attended the Versailles Conference as a delegate of the British Treasury and argued for a much more generous peace.

Dadaism and surrealism (artistic movements)

1920 - 1930

Existentialism gains prominence


Joyce, "Ulysses"


Ulysses is a novel by the Irish writer James Joyce. It was first serialised in parts in the American journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920, and then published in its entirety by Sylvia Beach in February 1922, in Paris.

Wittgenstein writes on logical empiricism


Eliot, "The Waste Land"


a 434-line[b] modernist poem by T. S. Eliot published in 1922. It has been called "one of the most important poems of the 20th century." Despite the poem's obscurity,its shifts between satire and prophecy, its abrupt and unannounced changes of speaker, location and time, its elegiac but intimidating summoning up of a vast and dissonant range of cultures and literatures—the poem has become a familiar touchstone of modern literature.

Woolf, "Jacob's Room"


The novel is based around the life story of the protagonist Jacob Flanders, and is presented entirely by the impressions other characters have of Jacob (except for those times when we do indeed get Jacob's perspective). Thus, although it could be said that the book is primarily a character study and has little in the way of plot or background, the narrative is constructed as a void in place of the central character, if indeed the novel can be said to have a 'protagonist' in conventional terms.

French and Belgian armies occupy the Ruhr


Dawes Plan


Berg's opera Wozzeck first performance


Kafka, "The Trial"


a novel written by Franz Kafka in 1914 and 1915 but not published until 1925. One of Kafka's best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed to neither him nor the reader.

Germany joins League of Nations


Heisenberg's principle of uncertainty


Heisenberg's theory was the principle that energy and time or position and momentum of a quantum mechanical system, cannot both be accurately measured simultaneously. The product of their uncertainties is always greater than or of the order of h, where h is the Planck constant

Kellogg-Briand Pact


The Kellogg-Briand Pact was an agreement to outlaw war signed on August 27, 1928. Sometimes called the Pact of Paris for the city in which it was signed, the pact was one of many international efforts to prevent another World War, but it had little effect in stopping the rising militarism of the 1930s or preventing World War II.

Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury"


Great Depression

1929 - 1939

The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II.
The depression originated in the U.S., after the fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929. It was the worst in the 20th century.

Van der Rohe becomes director of Bauhaus


Franklin Roosevelt elected U.S. president


Riefenstahl's documentary film "The Triumph of the Will"


Creation of WPA as part of the New Deal


Formation of Popular Front in France


Chapter 29

Dictatorships and the Second World War

New Economic Policy (NEP) in U.S.S.R.


an economic policy proposed by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, who called it state capitalism. It was a new, more capitalism- oriented economic policy necessary after the Civil War to raise the economy of the country, which was almost ruined. Nationalization of industry, established during the period of War Communism, was revoked and replaced by a system of mixed economy which allowed private individuals to own small enterprises, while the state continued to control banks, foreign trade, and large industries. In addition, the NEP abolished forced grain requisition and required instead that farmers give the government a specified amount of raw agricultural product as a tax in kind.

Mussolini seizes power in Italy


Buildup of Nazi party in Germany

1924 - 1929

Stalin comes to power in U.S.S.R.


Stalin's first five-year plan


Start of collectivization in Soviet Union


Lateran Agreement


made in 1929 between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See, signed on February 11, 1929, and ratified by the Italian parliament on June 7, 1929, settling the "Roman Question". Italy was then under a Fascist government; the succeeding democratic governments have all upheld the treaty. In 1947, the Lateran Pacts were incorporated into the democratic Constitution of Italy.

Famine in Ukraine

1932 - 1933

a man-made famine in the Ukrainian SSR and adjacent Cossack territories between 1932 and 1933. During the famine, which is also known as the "Terror-Famine in Ukraine" and "Famine-Genocide in Ukraine" millions of Ukrainians and Cossacks died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine. Known as Holodomor.

Nazis begin to control intellectual life and blacklist authors


Hitler appointed chancellor of Germany


Due to the continual build-up of nazi influence in the Germany government and due to Adolf Hitlers pursuit of power, on January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed as the chancellor of Germany by President Paul Von Hindenburg.

Sergei Kirov is murdered


Sergey Kirov, a leader of the Russian Revolution and a high-ranking member of the Politburo, is shot to death at his Leningrad office by Communist Party member Leonid Nikolayev, likely at the instigation of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Mussolini invades Ethiopia


Great Purges under Stalin


a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union orchestrated by Joseph Stalin from 1936 to 1939. It involved a large-scale purge of the Communist Party and government officials, repression of peasants, Red Army leadership, and widespread police surveillance, suspicion of "saboteurs", imprisonment, and arbitrary executions.

Halevy, "The Era of Tyrannies"


Germany Occupies Czech lands


Germany invades Poland; Britain and France declare war on Germany


Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor; U.S. joins war


a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Japan). From the standpoint of the defenders, the attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Germany invades Soviet Union


SS stops Jewish emigration from Europe


6 mil Jews killed in Death Camps

1941 - 1945

In the inaction of the plan know as the "Final Solution" millions of Germany's and Poland's Jews were moved to consentration and specialized "Death Camps" in the systematic killing of their race. Later known as the Holocaust.

Allied invasion of Normandy, France


Commonly known as D-Day, the allied forces made mainly up of American, Canadian and British troops stormed the beaches at Normandy to establish a foothold on the mainland of Europe against the Nazis

Atomic bombs dropped on Japan; end of WWII


After a long and brutal war on the Pacific front with the Japanese, the United States employed the first and only uses of atomic bombs in warfare. Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, these bombs killed thousands, however they were effective and resulted in peace and the end of the war.

Chapter 30

Cold War Conflicts and Social Transformations

Decolonization of Asia and Africa

1945 - 1960

U.S. takes lead in Big Science

1945 - 1962

Truman Doctrine


an international relations policy set forth by the U.S. President Harry Truman in a speech on March 12, 1947, which stated that the U.S. would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent them from falling into the Soviet sphere. Historians often consider it as the start of the Cold War, and the start of the containment policy to stop Soviet expansion.

Marshall Plan


the American program to aid Europe, in which the United States gave economic support to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II in order to prevent the spread of Soviet Communism. The plan was in operation for four years beginning in April 1948. The goals of the United States were to rebuild a war-devastated region, remove trade barriers, modernize industry, and make Europe prosperous again.

Formation of NATO


Stalin launches verbal attack on Soviet Jews


Beauvoir, "The Second Sex"


a 1949 book by the French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir. It deals with the treatment of women throughout history and is often regarded as a major work of feminist philosophy and the starting point of second-wave feminism. Beauvoir researched and wrote the book in about 14 months.

Korean War

1950 - 1953

a war between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), at one time supported by the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union. It was primarily the result of the political division of Korea by an agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War II.

De-Stalinization of Soviet Union

1953 - 1964

Pasternak, "Doctor Zhivago"


a novel by Boris Pasternak, first published in 1957 in Italy. The novel is named after its protagonist, Yuri Zhivago, a physician and poet and takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Second World War.

Formation of Common Market


Building of the Berlin Wall


Solzhenitsyn, "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"


a novel written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in November 1962 in the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir (New World). The story is set in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s, and describes a single day of an ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov.

Cuban missile crisis


a 13-day confrontation between the Soviet Union and Cuba on one side, and the United States on the other, in October 1962. It was one of the major confrontations of the Cold War, and is generally regarded as the moment in which the Cold War came closest to turning into a nuclear conflict. It is also the first documented instance of the threat of mutual assured destruction (MAD) being discussed as a determining factor in a major international arms agreement.

Vietnam War

1964 - 1973

Civil Rights Act in U.S.


a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public

Formation of National Organization of Women (NOW)


Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia


Students protest in Paris


First Apollo moon landing


In 1969, the United States was succsessful in their moon landing. Named Apollo 11, the mission put 2 men on the moon for the first time in history.

Watergate break-in


a political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement. The scandal eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, the President of the United States, on August 9, 1974 — the only resignation of a U.S. President. The scandal also resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction, and incarceration of forty-three persons, dozens of whom were Nixon's top administration officials.

OPEC oil embargo


Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries or rather (OPEC)

Margaret Thatcher becomes British Prime minister