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How Was the Modern World Created? (11:21)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 00:40 What drivers of change were responsible for making industrialization go global in the last 100 years?
  2. 00:57 How have networks changed in the last 100 years from what they were like at the time of the Industrial Revolution?
  3. 04:10 How did commerce and capitalism help create a world of wage earners and city dwellers?
  4. 04:37 How did the failure of communism in the twentieth century illustrate the power of competitive markets?
  5. 05:03 How has global consumption of energy accelerated in the last 100 years?
  6. 05:49 What are some of the indicators that suggest that the rate of innovation in the modern world is being sustained?
  7. 08:01 What twentieth-century developments suggest that not all innovations are positive?
  8. 10:20 What observations have led scholars like Paul Crutzen to suggest that the Earth has entered the Anthropocene epoch?