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Internet Modern History Sourcebook

The 21st Century

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[2001] The history of the 21st century has not yet been written, but we know that -- assuming the continuation of digital storage -- the sheer mass of available data will be enormous. in this situation, the job of a historical documents sourcebook is merely to highlight especially significant documents that may be useful in teaching. Frontline researchers must look elsewhere.

At the moment what happens in the 21st century is less "history" than "current events."  There is no historical distance that will allow the usual historical analysis of events. But this will change soon enough. By the 2020s, and even more by the 2040s, events of the 1990s and 2000s will begin to take on some "shape" and history textbooks will discern and present a shaped understanding of what occurred.

The collection of documents here represents a guess about what documents will appear significant 40-50 years hence.

Selected Documents of the 21st Century

  • President George W. Bush: "History's Unmarked Grave of Discarded Lies" Speech to Joint Session of Congress, September 21, 2001
    Probably the first great political speech of the 21st century by an American politician.


  • The Rise of China
  • The Rise of India
  • The Rise of Turkey
  • EU Problems
  • Populism
  • Smartphones
  • Artifical Intelligence
  • Social Media
  • DNA Sequencing
  • Epidemic disease


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