Timeline Late Modern period (1789-1945)

The timeline of the Late Modern period covers a historical period of two centuries, from the French Revolution in 1789 to 1945.
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The Late Modern period is the historical stage closest to the present time. It is traditionally considered to have begun with the French Revolution of 1789 and has continued up to the present day. But some historians have considered it appropriate to take this stage to the end of the Second World War. The timeline of the Late Modern Period synthesizes the main events that have occurred during this period.

It is a relatively short period of only two centuries. Time when history accelerated. It was the period when humanity experienced the most profound changes. There were technological, political, demographic and economic revolutions of great importance.

The events of this period have been marked by accelerated transformations. It began with the French Revolution (politics) and was followed by the Industrial Revolution (economics). While the pre-industrial society was being destroyed, a new class society was being built. The contemporary world is dominated by a new privileged elite, the bourgeoisie. The bourgeoisie replaced its traditional antagonists (the aristocrats) in power.

Contemporary society experienced the birth and development of a new social class, the labour movement. The workers put forward different alternatives to capitalism through the unions and the left-wing political parties.

In the political field, new ideologies and political forms emerged. The most prominent political movements were liberalism, nationalism and totalitarianism.

In contrast, the 20th century saw the greatest wars known to mankind. The first half of the century saw the First World War and the Second World War. Between one war and the other, the world experienced the emergence of totalitarian regimes. Their maximum expression was Nazism in Germany.

The timeline of Late Modern Period: an interconnected world

The timeline of the Late Modern Period contained here shows the most outstanding events of the period from a Eurocentric view of the world. But the contemporary world is the most universal historical stage in history. The revolution in transport made it possible to have an interconnected planet. Political and economic relations went beyond the traditional borders of the European continent.

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