Feb 6 o8 - Feb 6 o8 When we look at the history of Europe...

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Feb 6 o8 - When we look at the history of Europe we always have to bear in mind that at the beginning of the 20 th century, western Europe was a very powerful part of the world. - Britain France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, parts of Scandinavia industrialized first and went through the demographic revolution first. - This is where it all began. North Western Europe established a pattern that would later become global in the demographic transition and industrialization that later purveyed the rest of the world. - China and India are going through this now. - Nothing even changes at the same time in the same places. - After ww2, the vw beetle came out, designed by Porsche for the Nazi’s. - “The people’s car”- the bug. The car of Germany. - No production before the war because they turned to military vehicles instead. - After way, they went into mass production. - The growth of consumer society. Shopping as a leisure activity progressed from the 60s onwards. And automobiles come into this whole picture of a growing consumer market. - It is important to remember Europe and north-western Europe in particular was at the leading edge of economic and demographic change. - Decline in mortality, a rising life expectancy. Falling fertility- decline in the birth rate except for the baby boom generation. - European societies today do not replace themselves. Canada and the USA are in the same situation. - The population would begin to decline. - It was at the leading edge of demographic and economic change in terms of industrialization. It’s important to remember that Europe exists within a global context, in a number of important respects. - Up until the ww2 there were a number of euro states (Britain and France were key) that relied on their colonies for goods and services. - Britain was sustained by shipments and supports, in both wars. - France had a different experience, but in ww1 it was sustained by its colonies overseas. - From the end of ww2, we see a process of decolonization – one of the key processes when we look at world history, this process had a huge impact on Europe. - Because it altered the relationship of European nations to the rest of the world and had a quite significant impact on European economies and euro colonies. Decolonization. - Many of the colonies colonized at the end of the 19 th century the scramble for Africa was pretty much undone. It’s a period of colonization that left deep imprints. - All current situations are residue of colonial activities.
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This note was uploaded on 05/17/2008 for the course HIST 1000 taught by Professor Phillips during the Spring '08 term at Carleton CA.

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