The World in the 20th and 21st Centuries

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GNP Per Capita (Average Income)

Average Life Expectancy


World Population Distribution

World Population Growth 1900, 1950, and 2000




Each human figure=100 million people

World Population Density, 1950 and 1998



The Islamic World

The World in the 20th Century

Young people in the "information age" often lack depth of understanding of world history.
Few students today understand just how much the world changed in the 20th century.
At the beginning of the20th century most of the world's peoples were ruled by European empires.
"Globalization" has been a long historical process.

Nations that Gained Indepedence from 1945-1999

The Age of Imperialism

The British Empire around 1900

19th Century Slogan: "The sun never sets on the British empire."

Africa at the Outbreak of World War I

Asia in 1910