1910s

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Centuries:
19th century - 20th century - 21st century
Decades:

1880s 1890s 1900s - 1910s - 1920s 1930s 1940s

Years:

1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919


Events and trends

The 1910s represent the culmination of European militarism which had its beginings during the second half of the 19th Century. The conservative lifestyles during the first half of the decade, as well as the legacy of military alliances, would forever be changed by the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, on 28 June 1914. The murder would trigger a chain of events in which, within 30 days, war would break out in Europe, as well as other regions of the world. The long, wide, and protracted conflict would end in November 1918 with the controversial Treaty of Versailles. World War I-- also known as the Great War-- held the reputation of being the widest and most expensive conflict in history (at the time), and would leave a lasting legacy during the subsequent decades. The war would also be remembered for contributing to the collapse of aging empires and monarchies. The Hapsburgs as well as the German Kaiser went into exile after 1918, while czar Nicholas II and his family would be ruthlessly executed by Russian revolutionaries.

The decade was also described as a period of revolution in a number of countries. Mexico spear-headed the trend in November 1910, which lead to the ouster of dictator Porfirio Diaz, leading to a civil war that would drag on until about 1919. Russia also had a similar fate, since the Great War led to collapse in morale as well as economic chaos. This atmosphere encouraged the establishment of Bolshevism, which would be later renamed as Communism.

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