Events Between 1870-1945

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Bentley first talked about cross-cultural interactions as a way to categorize the World’s history. He in addition wrote about the importance of understanding events from a global perspective, not just one country’s point of view. Because of these two fundamental elements to his argument, we can assess events differently than before hand, finding out ways to take a step back and look at actions as they affect multiple nations simultaneously. Of these international events from 1870-1945, the Age of Imperialism, World War I, and the Great Depression had worldwide impacts on economic and social issues.
Imperialism in the late 19th century became a competition among European countries to take control of as many areas in Africa before the others
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In fact, many of the propositions Wilson put forward were not accepted, but the most accepted one however was the League of Nations, which was meant to secure peace.
The Great Depression not only affected America, but the rest of the world as well. This global depression began in the United States in 1929 but would soon play an important role in why countries turned inward to economic independence and lead to the rise of communism. The 1920’s had Americans living in great prosperity. Consumers ruled the marketplace, buying as much as they could afford, even spending tomorrow’s wages today. Companies were about to face the grim reality that they were producing more goods than they were able to sell. People simply did not have the money to buy all these products and everyone instead began to invest their money in the stock market. In October of 1929, the stock market collapsed in America which soon would lead to the “domino effect” in Europe.
Since America no longer had the money they once did, they couldn’t afford to continue making loans to Germany. At the treaty of Versailles, Germany was forced to pay war reparations, but their problem was that they clearly did not have the money to pay back all these countries for the damages caused in the war. America then gave loans to the Germans in order to pay both France and England. These two countries however were in debt to America for their
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