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History of The Early 20th Century

Study History of The Early 20th Century using online video. Use the video subtitles to improve Reading and Literacy skills .... at the same time!

These six History Through Literature video titles will enable you to study and explore the History of the Early 20th Century and the extreme right and left-wing ideologies of fascism and communism that divided the world between 1900 and 1950. You will identify and understand how literature in the early 20th century reflected the history and the uncertainty and tragedy of the two world wars and the decades between them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and learn about the connections between historical events and the literary figures and works of the early 20th century.
  • Discover the hope and belief in technology, progressive ideas, and science that people felt in the early 20th century, and the forces that led to World War 1.
  • Learn quotes from Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Joyce, showing how the literature of the 1920s reflected the moral uncertainty of society, the search for new human language and identity, and a growing sense of African cultural pride, activism, and nationalism.
  • Develop a better understanding of The Great Depression and World War 2, focusing on the work of Steinbeck, Wright and Hersey, ending with a look forward to the post-war years and the Cold War in Europe.
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