Presentation on theme: "A Half Century of Crisis"— Presentation transcript:
1 A Half Century of Crisis Big Era EightA Half Century of Crisis
2 Why is Big Era Eight about crisis? Three major events shook up the modern world system that had been created during Big Era Seven.DepressionWorld War IIWorld War I
3 What could the crises of Big Era Eight upset? political and economic They could upsetthe balance ofpolitical and economicforces in themodern world.
4 Before we go any further, how was the world tied together at the start of the 20th century? Communications networks made possible by the telegraph, telephone, and undersea cable.Transportation networks made possible by the railway, steamship, and (soon to come) airplane.Trade and financial networks.Diplomatic relations and alliances.Relations between imperial powers and the colonial peoples they ruled.
6 EuropeEuropean descent-denseEuropean descent-sparseEuropean influenceEuropean coloniesJapanese EmpireYou already know that Europeans got the upper hand in the modern world system during the later part of Big Era Seven.Map: G. Chaliand and J. Rageau, Strategic Atlas: A Comparative Geopolitics of the World’s Powers,3rd ed. (Harper Perennial, 1992)
7 Why did Europeans have so much power in the modern world system? In Big Era Seven, western European countries achieved greater economic power than most other countries as a result of industrialization.Many European governments and businesses wanted more overseas markets and raw materials.Western European military forces had big world leads in military technology.
8 These disasters were connected to El Niño climatic conditions. Also . . .The last quarter of the 19th century saw great droughts and famines in many parts of the world.These disasters were connected to El Niño climatic conditions.These disasters caused economic, social, and political disruption in African and Asian societies just when European power was strongest.Photo: Beggar. Victim of famine in China. Library of Congress, Lot [item] [p&p], Reproduction number: lc-usz (b&w film copy neg.). Ccreated/published between ca and 1926.
9 Did Europeans get only benefits from the modern world system? No.Europe’s leaders competed with each other to dominate the modern world. Their competition helped cause World War I, the first crisis of Big Era Eight.Also, many workers in Europe felt that their political and business leaders treated them poorly.German cartoon depicts the threat of British imperial expansion in the 19th century.
10 No. The Japanese government seized an empire in East Asia No. Americans expanded their opportunities at home and abroad.Did other industrial countries accept Europe having exclusive dominance?
11 Some collaborated with the European takeover… What did peoples in Asia and Africa do when European powers invaded their lands or put economic pressure on them?Photo Right: Battle of Adowa, Ethiopia. Artist unknown. Photo by R. DunnMany resisted, though usuallyfailed to defeat Europeanarmies. The Ethiopiansrepelled the Italians in 1896,but this was an exception.
13 So how did the crises of Big Era Eight change things? 1. Two wars and a worldwide economic collapse weakened European dominance.World War IIWorld War IDepression2. But some countries saw these crises as opportunities to gain new influence or take over parts of the system.
14 20,000,000 people died in connection World War I was fought in several parts of the world, though the longest and biggest battles took place in Europe. The war killed both soldiers and civilians, and it devastated both towns and countryside.20,000,000 people died in connectionwith the war, far more than in any earlier war in world history.Photo: Library of Congress LOT REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ
15 Regions where fighting took place in World War I123121 Western EuropeanFront2 Eastern European3 Italian Front4 Balkan Front5 Palestine/Syria6 Iraq7 Arabia8 German Togoland9 German Camaroons10 German East Africa11 German SouthwestAfrica12 German Pacific Islands4567891011
16 How did World War I weaken Europe’s global dominance? It devastated Europe both physically and psychologically.Europeans saw that industrialization made warfare more brutal, deadly, and destructive.Many felt disillusioned and lost their belief in progress.
18 The war caused death and destruction in the Middle East and Africa—wherever fighting took place. It caused economic and social stress in all the European colonial empires.Photo of poster: Library of Congress POS - Fr .F68, no. 4 (C size) [P&P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC (color film copy slide)
19 Societies all over the world contributed resources or soldiers to the war effort, gaining experience and a firmer voice on the global stage.Clear The Way!! Buy Bonds. Fourth Liberty Loan. US National Archives. Color poster by Howard Chandler Christy., ca. 1918, ARC Identifier:Faith in Canada, Use it all for Victory Bonds: Library of Congress POS - Can .A01, no. 2 (C size) [P&P] LC-USZCFrench and African soldiers: Library of Congress POS - Fr .J65, no. 9 REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC2-3949Symbolos da liberdade y da humanidade A Crux Vermelha, Mãe de todas as nacões: Library of Congress POS - WWI - US, no. 24 (C size) [P&P] LC-USZC4-7381
20 by their foreign rulers. Indian soldiers in Belgium Colonial soldiers became more confident in their own abilities and less awedby their foreign rulers.Indian SoldiersThe Indian Army,Indian soldiers in Belgium
21 As a result, some local leaders in colonies began to call for self-determination or independence. IndiaSouth AfricaMeanwhile, in Europe upheaval gave other industrial countries opportunities to grow.Ford factory, first assembly line, Highland Avenue, Detroit, MI: Library of Congress REPRODUCTION NUMBER 16239, Harvard University Graduate School of DesignGandhi & Nehru: Indian National Congress,South African Native National Congress: African National Congress,Ford factory,Detroit, Michigan
22 Women everywhere took on new responsibilities outside the home as part of the Total War effort. FranceRussia women soldiers: Spartacus Educational,3 French women harnessed to plow: Courageous women, Oise, 1917, Library of Congress LOT [item] [P&P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZAmerican woman operating drill press. Naval aircraft factory, Washington, D.C., Library of Congress LOT 5353, REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZRussiaUSA
23 In 1917, the Bolshevik Party led a successful Communist revolution in Russia. The Bolsheviks overthrew the monarchy of the Tsar, which had been in power for centuries. Russia had been an ally of Britain, France, and the US. But Lenin, the Bolshevik leader, took Russia out of World War I.Lenin: Mosaic in Moscow Metro Station. Photo by R. DunnCzar Nicholas II of Russia: Library of Congress, Call Number: LC-B [P&P] Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ggbain (digital file from original neg.). Medium: 1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller. Created/Published, 1909.Tsar Nicholas II wasExecuted in 1918
24 After World War I, the modern world became more closely tied togetherthan ever before.Did the world change inimportant ways?Yes. Along with global trade and finance, soundsfrom radios and images from movies andmagazines helped knit a modern global culture.
25 The 1920s saw silent film, tango, flappers, and jazz gain global popularity. ParisUSAArgentinaCharlie Chaplin: Encarta Encyclopedia Archive PhotoWomen in front of car:Silent movie lovers: – Indian cinema Sulochana (left) and Dinshaw Billimoria in Anarkali, 1928What-cha gonna do when there aint no jazz by Wendling, Pete. New York: Stark & Cowan, Library of Congress, American Memory, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University, CALL/REPRODUCTION NUMBER Music A-6606; 1920.JapanIndia
26 Then, the Great Depression happened. Value of Global Exports in Billions of DollarsThe Depression put another dent in the sense of progress and possibility that many people had felt. The global economy spread misery as well as wealth and prosperity.
27 BrazilUnemployment and hunger rippled through many societies, raising doubts about the system.Brazil picture from escenasdebrasil.shtmlUSA: Unemployment benefits aid begins, Lange, Dorothea, photographer.1938 Jan., Library of Congress CALL NUMBER: LC-USF D, Reproduction Number: LC-USF DFrance: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, .USAFrance
28 Did the Depression in the modern world system affect everyone the same way? No, some industries in the West kept going.And some workers kept going on strike when they felt the system was treating them badly. (Remember the unhappy workers before World War I?)Sit-down strikers in the Fisher body plant factory number three. Flint, Michigan.Dick, Sheldon, photographer. CREATED/PUBLISHED, 1937 Jan.-Feb, Library of Congress CALL NUMBER: LC-USF D [P&P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USF D (b&w film nitrate neg.) LC-USZSit-down strikers, 1937, USA.
29 Soviet GNP growth per year Communists said the modern world system had to change. Government planning, communal ownership, and a classless society should replace free markets and close the divide between rich owners and poor workers.In fact, the Soviet Union under the Bolsheviks remained authoritarian and repressive.Even so, while most of the capitalist world struggled in the 1930s, the Soviet Union’s industrial economy grew rapidly..Soviet GNP growth per year
30 How did the Depression and the challenge of Communism add to the crisis in the modern world? By the mid-1930s, there was a three-way struggle for control of modern world’s future.Along with Communism’s challenge to liberal capitalism, a new challenger appeared: Fascism.HitlerHitler and Mussolini walking in front of saluting military in Venice, June 14-16, 1934:Library of Congress CALL NUMBER LOT REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZStalin: "Soviets must do 100 yr. job in 10 or perish,“ Library of Congress CALL NUMBER: BIOG FILE - Stalin, Joseph, [item] [P&P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER LC-USZHitlerMussoliniStalin
31 Major countries with Fascist- style governments by the 1940s Fascist leaders used nationalism and state control of industries and cultural life to unite people of all classes.These leaders blamed national troubles on foreigners and communists.Some fascist-run countries recovered quickly from the Depression, partly by expanding their military economies.BulgariaGermanySpainJapanMajor countrieswith Fascist-style governmentsby the 1940sItalySouth Africa
32 Leaders of capitalist democracies believed that they could meet the challenges of Communism and Fascism…by defending democratic values.by modernizing capitalism through economic and social reform..Photo: Library of Congress LC-HREPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-H824-T
33 Hawaii pineapple plantation Regardless of these beliefs, democracies used overseas colonies to help prop up the home economies during the Depression.Pineapple plantation: Library of Congress Digital ID: cph 3c08295 Source: b&w film copy neg. Reproduction Number: LC-USZHawaii pineapple plantation
34 As they recovered from the Depression, both Germany and Japan became increasingly aggressive. When Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, Britain and France went to war against Germany. World War II was underway. At first, Fascist Germany and Communist Russia had a tense alliance. But when Hitler invaded Russia in June 1941, Stalin allied Russia with Britain and the United States. The US entered the war after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A small boat rescues a seaman from the 31,800 ton USS West Virginia burning in the foreground. Library of Congress, CALL NUMBER: LC-USW C [P&P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USW CJapaneseBombingof PearlHarbor
35 World War II AlliancesAxis Powers: Italy, Germany, and Japan were fascist, anti-communist, and anti-liberal democracy.Mussolini and HitlerHitler and Mussolini: Library of Congress LOT [item] [P&P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ (b&w film copy neg.)Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill: Library of Congress LOT <item> [P&P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ (b&w film copy neg.)Allies: The US andBritain were liberal democracies. The USSR was Communist.But all three were anti-fascist.Stalin, Roosevelt, & Churchill
37 Even more than in World War I, men and women around the world fought in or supported the battles of World War II.CanadianWest AfricanIndianWomen had big share in filling these bundles for Berlin in a Canadian plant, Library of Congress CALL NUMBER: LOT 915 [item] [P&P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZAshanti troops in Gold Coast Regiment. Library of Congress CALL NUMBER: LC-USE6- D [P&P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USE6-DIndia in the war. Indian soldiers in action before the capture of Keren. Library of Congress CALL NUMBER: LC-USE6- D [P&P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USE6-D
38 New weapons and tactics of war made World War II even more destructive and deadly than World War I. German planewreckage inNorth AfricaWreckage of giant German transport planes intended for the Axis troop evacuation from Tunis, Library of Congress, CALL NUMBER: LC-USW E [P&P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USW E (b&w film nitrate neg.)
39 Both sides in the war targeted civilians. Dresden, GermanyTokyo,JapanLondon,England
40 The deadliest war in history (over 50 million killed)… ended with the useof the deadliestweapon in history.Mushroom cloud, Library of Congress, CALL NUMBER: POS 6 - U.S., no (C size) <P&P>[P&P]
42 The United States took over as the world’s leading military and economic power and supporter of reformed capitalism and liberal democracy"Buy War Bonds" (Uncle Sam) US National Archives ARC Identifier: ,A poster encouragingAmericans to buy warbonds to support the war effort
43 A devastated Western Europe depended on US aid for rebuilding. This American effort was called the Marshall Plan.Jo Spier. "The Marshall Plan and You.“ The Hague, the Netherlands: Ministry of Economic Affairs, 1949, p.5., Averell Harriman Papers, Manuscript Division.Dutch cartoon, late 1940s
44 The USSR also emerged from the war stronger than ever. It rebuilt its economy without Western aid.It created an empire in Eastern Europe.It worked to spread Communist ideas and revolutions.It became the USA’s main rival for power in the modern world.Red Army SoldiersRed Army soldiers in the USS, CALL NUMBER: LC-USF A [P&P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USF A (b&w film neg.), 1941?
45 Japan lost its empire, swore off militarism, and rebuilt with American aid. China became the second major communist country after its revolution in 1949.Ships of 3rd fleet steam into Tokyo Bay, Japan, for the occupation, US National Archives ARC , 08/1945 NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-80-G , Local Identifier: NWDNS-80-GMao Tse-Tung, leader of China's Communists, addresses some of his followers. US National Archives, ARC Identifier: , 12/06/1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (NLFDR), 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NYAmerican Ships Sail toJapan for Occupation,1945Mao Zedong, Leader of theCommunist Revolution inChina
46 Nehru with Kwame Nkrumah of the Gold Coast/Ghana Colonies soughtindependencefrom their formerEuropean rulers.Ho Chi Minh in VietnamNehru and Gandhi: ind-spl/intro.htmNehru and Nkrumah: Library of Congress NYWTS - BIOG--Nkrumah, Kwame—Ghana REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ (b&w film copy neg.)Replace Ho Chi Minh withNehru and Gandhiin IndiaNehru with Kwame Nkrumah of the Gold Coast/Ghana
48 What will Big Era Nine bring for the modern world system? More world-wide integration (now called globalization).More conflict too! Will capitalism triumph over Communism? The USA over the USSR? Will new groups push their way into the competition for power? How will the environment change?Staytuned!