Humanity today is the product of several revolutions, tragedies, scientific and cultural advancements over a span of thousands of years. Our life has been shaped by several facts which are truly fascinating.
1. Downfall Of Roman Empire
After the deposition of Romulus Augustulus, it led to the fall of world’s oldest, fascinating and powerful empire. It is largely believed that this was how Dark Ages came into being.
2. New World Discovery
Due to fascinating innovations in shipbuilding and navigation European powers were able to explore the world. This led to the colonization of Americas and the emergence of the Western power.
3. The Black Plague
Black Death or bubonic plague reached European shores on October 13 47 through rats in a ship at Sicily after a journey through the Black Sea. After wreaking havoc in Egypt, Persia, China and India it consumed Europe by claiming more than 75 million lives. This led humanity to improve their hygiene practices and brought fascinating medical advancements.
4. The Renaissance
The period which followed when Europe was suffering through Dark Ages and the terrible Black Plague. Education, art and culture, architecture, etc flourished freely amongst humanity. Artists like Michelangelo and DaVinci were born during this period.
5. Gutenberg Printing Press
Johanes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the mid 15th century. In a world where books were expensive and handcrafted by usually monks and academics this was a fascinating innovation for humanity. The printing press made literature and all kinds of information readily available.
6. The Industrial Revolution
Around 1760 England underwent a fascinating revolution where economic power, land and labor were distributed and a middle class was created in the society which led to a demand for more goods and services, better facilities, better education and healthcare.
Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels introduced the economic and political philosophy- Communism. After Communist Manifesto was published, distributed in 1848, countries like Russia, China, Cuba, etc adopted this political system. Although the system sounds very ideal the reality is that several communist nations suffered due to corruption.
Thanks to the Wright Brothers humanity was witness to a fascinating scene when two humans soared in the sky. This invention led to the world becoming easily accessible.
9. WW I and WW II
World War I saw more than 11 million military lives lost, the emergence of League of Nations after Austria lost its monarchy. This war was the turning point in modern history as machines and chemical weapons were used. World War II emerged as Germany was unhappy with the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler rose to power seeking to control the world and with the creation of atomic bomb humanity was on the brink of demise. Fortunately, United Nations was formed which brought in diplomacy and a place for nations to resolve disputes.
10. Suffrage Movement of New Zealand
New Zealand became the first nation to grant women their right to vote on September 19, 1893. Following the close USA and Great Britain also granted their women citizens the right. Humanity took a baby step towards better life.
11. Man On The Moon
A great competition formed between the Soviet Nation and the USA to lead in space exploration. On July 21, 1969, Niel Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon. Deep space exploration and colonization now becoming a possibility for humanity.
The ‘world wide web’ first became publicly available on August 6, 1991 and today more than 2.5 billion people use the internet daily. The internet has changed how people buy and sell, work and learn, and even form relationships.