Why We Need an Alternative History of the 20th Century 

The 20th century – like most centuries, I suppose – was an eventful one. It had a couple of world wars, the advent of pop music, inconceivable technological advancements, huge advancements in human rights, unprecedented population growth and the relentless draining of our planet’s resources.

All these things piece together to make one of the most peculiar, globe-changing centuries of recent history. But what we’re taught about in school, and the historical occasions still written about today, only cover a slim portion of the people and events that shaped the world we live in now. What about the murkier, more confusing stuff – quantum entanglement, cubism, Alastair Crowley, relativity, psychedelics, “Emperor Norton” and chaos theory?

Source: Why We Need an Alternative History of the 20th Century | VICE | United Kingdom

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