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Old 04-26-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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Every decade has the one or couple major events that define that decade.
The 40's was the WW11 decade the nuclier bomb decade. weather for or against, this event or events were broadcast all over the world. every child in the 40's anywhere in the world was aware of the WW11 ending and of the scary new bomb.

smae with the 60's it was defined by the space exploration. every child everywhere in the world knew that a man went to the moon.

then there's the 70's, 50's, 80's 90's none of which has any WORLD WIDE defining event that would be linked to those years.

will the decade of 2000 be defined as just another decade, or will it have something major to link it with? (other than the fact that it's a new millenium - which in itself is major)

 
Old 04-26-2009, 12:06 PM
 
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Just another decade, with an event linked to it.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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Every decade has the one or couple major events that define that decade.
The 40's was the WW11 decade the nuclier bomb decade. weather for or against, this event or events were broadcast all over the world. every child in the 40's anywhere in the world was aware of the WW11 ending and of the scary new bomb.

smae with the 60's it was defined by the space exploration. every child everywhere in the world knew that a man went to the moon.

then there's the 70's, 50's, 80's 90's none of which has any WORLD WIDE defining event that would be linked to those years.
The end of the Cold War in the late '80s?

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will the decade of 2000 be defined as just another decade, or will it have something major to link it with? (other than the fact that it's a new millenium - which in itself is major)
Yes. 9/11 at the beginning and the worldwide economic crisis at the end.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 04:24 PM
 
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9/11 will define it. The patriot act and katrina will also define it. The current financial crisis and real estate crash will also be a big part. Not a good decade.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 04:39 PM
 
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Not just 9/11, but the entire US vs the Islam dynamic which has been the major theme of international relations. 9/11 is a subset, others would be the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and attempt at ally building which has followed, the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian violence, and the question of Iranian nuclear weapons.

President Bush established a new precedent in American foreign policy with his first strike offense against a nation which was not making any threats against the US. The rationalization was that this was needed for our security, thus masked as a defense measure. That the supposed dangers failed to materialize in the post invasion investigations, may mean that this was a one time only abberation, condemned by its own failure.

But the precedent has been set....and may well be cited by some future President to justify another preemptive style attack. Then this decade will be remembered as the turning point, when America went from a defensive posture to an offensive one.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 05:18 PM
 
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will the decade of 2000 be defined as just another decade, or will it have something major to link it with? (other than the fact that it's a new millenium - which in itself is major)
History professors will teach it as the decade in which a deregulated economy's paper profits went poof, and in which the American people sat by idly while their government shot the Constitution full of holes, spied on them, sent foreign detainees to countries that didn't mind torturing them, wasted vast piles of money, started not one but two new Vietnams, and generally had carnal knowledge of the canine. They might well call it the decade the American people's collective intellect sank well below that of a patch of crabgrass. They will certainly call it the decade in which the United States threw away all its world leadership: moral, financial, creative. When we are elderly, our great-grandchildren will come to us and ask us what in the world we were thinking. Most of us won't have answers for them.

It will also go down as another example of the xenophobia and paranoia we (and some other nations) engage in any time the nation is at war. WWI: German-Americans keep low profile. WWII: Japanese-Americans forced into jail profile. 9/11: Arab-Americans and Muslims keep real low profile. It didn't happen during Vietnam only because we didn't have a significant Vietnamese population until after the war.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 06:09 PM
 
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I think our decade will be one of those in history that people just want to put behind them, move forward and forget about.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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9/11 will define it. The patriot act and katrina will also define it. The current financial crisis and real estate crash will also be a big part. Not a good decade.
how is the patriot act or a financial crisis a world wide event? if you ask a child in Germany or Iran or Brazil or Zimbabwe what Katrina is or what the patriot act is or what 9/11 is will they know??

in the 40's EVERYONE EVERYWHERE knew about the war
 
Old 04-26-2009, 06:24 PM
 
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History professors will teach it as the decade in which a deregulated economy's paper profits went poof, and in which the American people sat by idly while their government shot the Constitution full of holes, spied on them, sent foreign detainees to countries that didn't mind torturing them, wasted vast piles of money, started not one but two new Vietnams, and generally had carnal knowledge of the canine. They might well call it the decade the American people's collective intellect sank well below that of a patch of crabgrass. They will certainly call it the decade in which the United States threw away all its world leadership: moral, financial, creative. When we are elderly, our great-grandchildren will come to us and ask us what in the world we were thinking. Most of us won't have answers for them.

It will also go down as another example of the xenophobia and paranoia we (and some other nations) engage in any time the nation is at war. WWI: German-Americans keep low profile. WWII: Japanese-Americans forced into jail profile. 9/11: Arab-Americans and Muslims keep real low profile. It didn't happen during Vietnam only because we didn't have a significant Vietnamese population until after the war.
Im talking WOrLd history here not American History alone
and I'm not thinking about history professors either. they will obviously know more than the common man.
I'm wondering, as this decade is about to end, how it will be defined throughout the world.. as like "oh the second WW11? that was the 40's" or major advances in electricity and travel throut the world? that was the 20's"
 
Old 04-26-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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This will be remembered, if anything, as the last decade of conventional nationhood. In the next decade, at least one traditional economic power, probably Canada, will fragment, leaving loose pieces looking for either alliance or individual sustainability. The 80s, with the breakdown of the USSR and Yugoslavia, was a dress rehearsal, which can now be seen to have been less than catastrophic.

With the EU and global economics and instant digital communications, the concept of nationhood is drifting further from relevance. The Bush administration showed, for the first time in human history, how genuinely dangerous it can be to have entities with the attributes of nations on a planet on which spatial separation no longer implies time lapse.

But it is a decade after this one which will be remembered for this phenomenon.
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