The 20th Century

This is the age of machinery,
A mechanical nightmare,
The wonderful world of technology,
Napalm, hydrogen bombs, biological warfare,
This is the twentieth century,
But too much aggravation
It's the age of insanity,
What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jerusalem.
The Kinks, 20th Century Man.

The Twentieth Century: a very memorable century in history, in which development and society rapidly changed in more ways and more circumstances than any other century before it. The historian Eric Hobsbawm who labelled it The Age of Extremes considers it "A Short 20th Century" (comprising 77 years between 1914-1991) that really began and ended with the rise and fall of the USSR. The century was also characterized by increasingly tangled geopolitical connections on a global scale as a result of the development of transport and communication, and this led to an era of rapid, shocking and sudden changes in governments, society, culture, science and technology, with The '90s, The Noughties and The New '10s being a period of relative stability with fewer drastic changes and at a much slower rate.

Note that while decades technically end once 10 years pass, there is enough of a cultural bleed in between decades that they may not truly end or begin until a few years later than the end date of the previous decade. Culturally, the century started with the death of Queen Victoria and ended with Y2K or 9/11. Or alternatively, it started and ended with the affair around the Balkans.

The Twentieth Century is divided into decades with each one having it's own cultural identity (though many do overlap with others), which are:

You know what? Forget it. Off to The Twenty First Century!!! Where there'll be jetpacks, and food pills, and holographic møøse, and...

The editor of this page hired to continue writing this index after the people had been sacked, wish it to be known that they have just been sacked. The edits involving The Twenty First Century will be completed in an entirely different style at great expense and at the last minute.