1960s & ’70s: Protests in Western and Eastern Europe Sparked Reforms, Repression

Crash Course European History: "The post-World War II decades in Europe are sometimes called the Thirty Glorious Years (1945-1975). As those years wore on, tensions between East and West grew, and economic growth slowed or was unevenly distributed across Europe, protests and dissent arose across the continent." Transcript. The Thirty Glorious Years started with the … Continue reading 1960s & ’70s: Protests in Western and Eastern Europe Sparked Reforms, Repression

Female President, Astronauts, Britain Rejecting Brexit, the Inevitability of Pandemic: New Alt-History Novels, TV Shows

New alternative history novels and TV shows imagine life with Hillary Clinton as president, Britain rejecting Brexit, a female astronaut being the first human to set foot on the moon. These stories are "potent reminders of how different today might have been," writes Caryn James on the BBC website. She concludes: "If we can imagine … Continue reading Female President, Astronauts, Britain Rejecting Brexit, the Inevitability of Pandemic: New Alt-History Novels, TV Shows

Post-WWII, Europe Experienced Revolutions in Science and Tech

Crash Course European History: "In the decades following World War II, life changed in many ways, and a fair number of those changes were for the better. Many of those improvements were driven by advances in science and technology, in fields like biology, communication, energy production, space exploration, and especially medicine." Transcript. Sources Harvey, Brian. … Continue reading Post-WWII, Europe Experienced Revolutions in Science and Tech

Post WWII, Colonies Broke From Europe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlMKqRCNX9c&t=25s Crash Course European History: "After World War II, Europe was changing radically, and its place in the world was changing as well. European powers had colonized around the world in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in the 20th century, it all came crashing down. Of course, the degree of crashing was variable from … Continue reading Post WWII, Colonies Broke From Europe

Moments When Time Stands Still and History Changes Dramatically: Just Before Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, 1863

For students of history of almost every generation, there are moments when time stands still, to be relived over and over: what if the central characters had acted differently? What if Gavrilo Princip did not successfully murder Archduke Franz Ferdinand and set off WWI? What if it was raining (as predicted) and the roof went up on … Continue reading Moments When Time Stands Still and History Changes Dramatically: Just Before Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, 1863

Are We As A Species Going to Become Extinct in Our Lifetimes?

My friend Bruce writes: "This is the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 that I have faced the possibility of extinction of the human race. Do you think we are done for? Or do you think maybe at least a few of us will hang on to keep the species going?" … Continue reading Are We As A Species Going to Become Extinct in Our Lifetimes?

Post WWII Recovery in Europe: Welfare State, Consumerism & the Common Market

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlp068CmQaE Crash Course European History: "At the end of World War II, the nations of Europe were a shambles. Today we'll learn about how the various countries and blocs approached the problem of rebuilding their infrastructure and helping their residents recover. You'll learn about the Marshall plan and the various treaties that led to the … Continue reading Post WWII Recovery in Europe: Welfare State, Consumerism & the Common Market

Europe Post-WWII: Rebuilding & Stumbling Into the Cold War

Crash Course European History: "Sometimes, friendship isn't forever. At the conclusion of World War II, the old structures of power were a shambles. The traditional European powers were greatly weakened by years of total war and widespread destruction. The USSR was looking to expand its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, and at the same … Continue reading Europe Post-WWII: Rebuilding & Stumbling Into the Cold War

The 6 or 7 Phases of U.S. Political Party Alignments

America’s political parties have undergone at least six phases or realignments in the nation’s history. Political scientists suggest the nation is overdue for another realignment as demographics and voting patterns change. The First Political Party System — consisting of the Federalists, created by Alexander Hamilton of New York, and the Democratic-Republican Party, created by Thomas Jefferson and … Continue reading The 6 or 7 Phases of U.S. Political Party Alignments

Great Migration of African Americans From South to North Between 1915 and 1970 Is Now In Reverse

Vox: "During the great migration, around 40% of America's black population left the rural south. Today, census data indicates a new shift underway." The Great Migration, sometimes known as the Great Northward Migration or the Black Migration, was the movement of 6 million African Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban … Continue reading Great Migration of African Americans From South to North Between 1915 and 1970 Is Now In Reverse