Compare and Contrast

1920s: In Britain, the Labour Party rises to power, women get the right to vote, and the first major wave of communication and travel technologies are incipient or, in some cases, widely established (radio, telephone, telegraph communications; automobile and airplane travel). Today: International communications and connections have progressed to such an extent, due to computer technology and the Internet, that the term “globalization” is in common use. The modern world foreseen in the 1920s has definitively arrived.

1920s: While the American colonies of Europe (i.e., the United States and the nations of South and Central America) have long since established themselves as independent nations, the 20th century is characterized by nationalist and independence movements in Europe’s remaining colonies (in Asia and Africa). These movements are not brought to a close until the 1960s. Today: Colonies no longer exist; rather, a group of independent nations cover the globe.

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