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Between the Wars. 1918-1939. In the 1920s…. America Swings. America Swings?. U.S. economy BOOMING Made $$$ after WWI Dominated Trade

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Between the wars

Between the Wars


In the 1920s

In the 1920s…

America Swings

America swings

America Swings?

  • U.S. economy BOOMING

  • Made $$$ after WWI

  • Dominated Trade

  • Increase in American business

Leads to social cultural changes

Leads to Social & Cultural Changes…

Between the wars


The Charleston

New role of women

New Role of Women

  • Had worked outside of the home during WWI

  • New equality (i.e. voting rights!)

  • The Flapper – boy haircuts, pants, etc.

Harlem renaissance

Harlem Renaissance

  • Explosion of art, music, & literature in African American communities

  • 1920’s – Golden Age of Jazz

Louis armstrong

Louis Armstrong



  • Organized crime, speakeasies & prohibition

Between the wars

New Technology

New technology

New Technology

  • Several changes made the use of electrical household appliances more widespread

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New Technology

  • By 1930, 70% of homes had electricity

  • Merchants offered installment plans

  • Use of advertising grew

Between the wars

New Communication

New communication

New Communication

  • 1920, world’s 1st commercial radio station began broadcasting

  • Stories, News, Sports, Drama, Comedy & advertising

  • Worldwide events  seen and heard…

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New Communication

  • Motion pictures became a major industry in 1920’s

  • 90% of movies made in Hollywood

  • Silent at first, but 1927 first “talkie”

But europe struggles

But Europe Struggles…

1 death

1) Death

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1) Death

  • Russia & France lost the most lives during World War I

  • After World War I both countries were motivated by their desire to avoid another war

2 destruction

2) Destruction

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2) Destruction

  • Western Europe (especially France) was largely destroyed by German advances during World War I

  • Needed to REBUILD!

3 unemployment

3) Unemployment

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3) Unemployment

  • Due to poor economic conditions after World War I, Europe experienced high rates of unemployment

  • Soldiers returned home to NO JOB!!

4 famine

4) Famine

5 disease

5) Disease

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5) Disease

  • 1918 influenza pandemic  more people died than in all of World War I

  • (and more than 4 years of the Black Death!)

European countries try to gain stability

European Countries try to Gain Stability…

Germany the weimar republic

Weimar Republic (1919-1933) – Germany attempted to establish a liberal republic

But BIG problems!

Germany & the Weimar Republic

Inflation german money so worthless they burn it to keep warm

Inflation: German money so worthless they burn it to keep warm!

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Dawes Plan (1924): provided for a $200 million loan from American banks to stabilize German economy

Also set a more realistic schedule for Germany’s reparation payments

Germany & the Weimar Republic

Efforts at lasting peace

Efforts at Lasting Peace

Lasting peace

Lasting Peace?

  • Locarno Treaty (1925):

  • France & Germany would not go to war against each other again

  • After signing treaty, Germany was admitted to League of Nations

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Lasting Peace?

  • Kellogg-Briand Pact (1928):

  • Almost every country agreed to “renounce war as an instrument of national policy”

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Lasting Peace?

  • BUT…League of Nations had:

  • No armed forces

  • No way to enforce agreements

Then in 1929 the american stock market crashes leading to a worldwide economic depression

THEN…In 1929 the American Stock Market Crashes leading to a WORLDWIDE economic depression

1930 s world wide depression

1930’s World-Wide Depression

Unemployment food lines

Unemployment & Food Lines

Worldwide depression

Worldwide Depression

  • People started to turn towards government to deal with economic crisis

  • Governments step in to direct economies & recovery effort (socialism!)

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Worldwide Depression

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) deals with the Depression in the United States

  • New Deal – program of government reform

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Worldwide Depression

  • Nations like G.B., France, & U.S. are able to remain democratic, BUT…

  • Depression causes people to lose faith in democracy

  • Opens the door for the rise of Totalitarian Regimes…

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