The 1920s is often recognised as a decade of fascism, flappers and film. Covering the political, economic and social developments of the 1920s throughout the world, The Global 1920s takes an international and cross-cultural perspective on the critical changes and conditions that prevailed from roughly 1919 to 1930.
With twelve chapters on themes including international diplomacy and the imperial powers, film and music, art and literature, women and society, democracy, fascism, and science and technology, this book explores both the ‘big’ questions of capitalism, class and communism on the one hand and the everyday experience of citizens around the globe on the other. Utilising archival sources throughout, it concludes with an extensive discussion of the circumstances surrounding the 1929 stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression, the effects of which were felt worldwide.
Covering topics from the oil boom in South America to the start of civil war in China, employment advances and setbacks for women across the globe, and the advent of radio and air travel, the authors provide a concise yet comprehensive overview of this turbulent decade. Containing illustrations and a selection of discussion questions at the end of each chapter, this book is valuable reading for students of the 1920s in global history.
"The 1920s - often seen as part of a deglobalization process stretching from one world war to the next - come alive in this book as a decade that augured the birth of a new era of globalization. Richard Carr and Bradley W. Hart provide a much-needed bird’s eye view of these crucial years, illustrating the deep interconnections between culture, society, the economy, and politics across much of the world."
Stephen Gross, New York University, USA
List of figures. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Empires and the aftermath of Versailles. 2. Equality, class, race and general living. 3. Science and technology in the Jazz Age. 4. Film, music and other pastimes. 5. Art, literature and the convergence of culture and politics. 6. Women and society. 7. Democracy and its malcontents. 8. Communism. 9. Fascism. 10. Global economic conditions in the 1920s. 11. The calamity on Wall Street. 12. Responses to the Crash. Conclusion: A Global 1920s? Index.
This series takes a fresh view of decades in history, discussing each period from a truly global perspective and interrogating the traditional trope of a decade. In asking questions about what each decade actually represents throughout the wider world and exploring the transnational connections that shaped its course, this global approach allows the reader to see the great events of each decade as intricately bound into and moulded by international forces.