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1 Chapter Fifteen Years of Crisis Section One Postwar Uncertainty

2 Impact of Einsteins Theory of Relativity Albert Einstein- A German-born physicist who offered startling new ideas on space, time, energy, and matter. Theory of Relativity- Albert Einsteins ideas about the interrelationships between time and space and between energy and matter. Einsteins new ideas changed how people viewed the world.

3 Influence of Freudian Psychology Sigmund Freud- Austrian physician who treated patients with psychological problems. He developed a theory that human behavior is irrational and influenced by the unconscious mind. His ideas weakened faith in reason and by the 1920s had developed widespread influence.

4 Literature in the 1920s The brutality of World War I had caused people to question ideas about reason and progress. Authors such as T.S. Eliot and William Butler Yeats wrote books and poems about lost spiritual values and a dark, dismal future.

5 Writers Reflect Societys Concerns Horror novels and stories of people caught in threatening situations struck a chord with readers in the uneasy postwar years. Many novelists incorporated Freuds ideas of the unconscious.

6 Thinkers React to Uncertainties Existentialism- A philosophy based on the idea that people give meaning to their lives through their choices and actions. Existentialists believe that there is no universal meaning to life. Friedrich Nietzsche- A philosopher who in the 1880s wrote that Western ideas such as reason, democracy, and progress had stifled peoples creativity and actions. His ideas influenced politics in Italy and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.

7 Artists Rebel Against Tradition Artists rebelled against realistic styles of painting. They wanted to depict emotion and imagination in their art. Expressionists used bold colors and distorted exaggerated forms. Surrealism- An art movement that sought to link the world of dreams with real life. This movement was inspired by the writings of Freud.

8 Composers Try New Styles In both classical and popular music, composers moved away from traditional styles. Jazz- 20 th century style of popular music developed mainly by African-American musicians. Jazz swept the United States and Europe with its lively, loose beat.

9 Society Challenges Convention: Womens Roles Change World War I had disrupted traditional social patterns. Major changes were evident especially in the lives of women. The war had allowed women to take on new roles. Their work in the war effort had helped them win the right to vote. Womens suffrage became law in many nations following WWI. Including the United States in Women change the way they dressed, wearing shorter hair styles, makeup, and shorter garments. Women began to drive cars as well as smoke and drink in public. Most still followed traditional paths of marriage and family, but some sought new careers in medicine, education, and journalism.

10 Technological Advances Improve Life: The Automobile Alters Life Automobiles improved in a variety of ways following WWI. Cars had electric starters, air-filled tires, more powerful engines, headlights, and chrome bumpers. Auto production in Britain soared from 34,000 made in 1913 to 511,000 made in Average families could now afford cars and this led to lifestyle changes. New businesses opened to serve the mobile tourist. People moved to suburbs and commuted to jobs in the cities.

11 Airplanes Transform Travel In 1919 two British pilots made the first successful flight across the Atlantic. In 1927, an American pilot named Charles Lindbergh made a 33 hour solo flight from New York to Paris. In 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Most major airlines were established in the 1920s. At this point in history only the rich could afford to travel by air.

12 Radio and Movies Dominate Popular Entertainment Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio in In 1920, the worlds first commercial radio station began broadcasting in Pittsburgh. Soon every major city had a radio station and most families owned a radio. News, plays, and sporting events were broadcast by radio. Motion pictures were also a major industry in the 1920s. Movies were produced in Japan, Cuba and Europe. The center of the motion picture industry was in Hollywood California where 90% of all films were made. English born Charlie Chaplin became a comedic hit in the 1920s. In the late 1920s sound was added and transformed movies even more.

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