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top left) The Model T Ford is introduced and becomes widespread, (top center) The sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic causes the deaths of nearly 1,500 people and attracts global and historical attention, (top right) George V of the United Kingdom becomes king, (middle left) Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated, triggering World War I, (middle last three) Birth of a Nation introduces the film industry into the world and America, (bottom left) World War I last for four years (1914–1918), leading to millions dead, (bottom center) The October Revolution in Russia turns the country to communism, (bottom right) The 1918 flu pandemic kills tens of millions worldwide.
Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 19th century20th century21st century
Decades: 1880s 1890s 1900s1910s1920s 1930s 1940s
Years: 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
Categories: BirthsDeathsArchitecture

The 1910s was the decade that started on January 1, 1910 and ended on December 31, 1919.


Worldwide trends

The 1910s represented the culmination of European militarism which had its beginnings during the second half of the nineteenth century. The conservative lifestyles during the first half of the decade, as well as the legacy of military alliances, was forever changed by the assassination, on June 28, 1914, of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The murder triggered a chain of events in which, within 30 days, World War I broke out in Europe. The conflict dragged on until a truce was declared on November 10, 1918, leading to the controversial, one-sided Treaty of Versailles, which was signed on the June 28, 1919.

The war's end triggered the abdication of aging monarchies and the collapse of the last modern empires of Russia, Germany, the Ottomans and Austria-Hungary, with the latter splintered into Austria, Hungary, southern Poland (who acquired most of their land in a war with Soviet Russia), Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, as well as the unification of Romania with Transylvania and Moldavia. However, each of these states (with the possible exception of Yugoslavia) had large German and Hungarian minorities, there creating some unexpected problems that would be brought to light in the next two decades. (See Dissolution of Austro-Hungrarian Empire: Successor States for better description of composition of names of successor countries/states following the splinter.)

The decade was also a period of revolution in a number of countries. The Mexican Revolution spear-headed the trend in November 1910, which led to the ousting of dictator Porfirio Diaz, developing into a civil war that dragged on until mid-1920, not long after a new Mexican Constitution was signed and ratified. Russia also had a similar fate, since World War I led to a collapse in morale as well as to economic chaos. This atmosphere encouraged the establishment of Bolshevism, which was later renamed as communism. Like the Mexican Revolution, the Russian Revolution of 1917, known as the October Revolution, immediately turned to Russian Civil War that dragged until approximately late 1920.

Much of the music in these years was ballroom-themed. Many of the fashionable restaurants were equipped with dance floors. Prohibition in the United States began January 16, 1919, with the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S.Constitution.

Politics and wars


  • Wadai War (1909–1911)
  • Balkan Wars (1912-1913) - two wars that took place in South-eastern Europe in 1912 and 1913.

Internal conflicts

Major political changes

Decolonization and Independence



Sinking of the Titanic.
  • The "unsinkable" ocean liner RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912, and sinks on its maiden voyage.
  • From 1918 through 1920 the Spanish flu killed 20 to 100 million people worldwide.
  • In 1916 the Netherlands is hit by a North Sea storm that floods the lowlands and kills 10,000 people.

Other significant International events

Science and technology


British World War I Mark V tank



Popular Culture


Literature and arts

Visual Arts

The 1913 Armory Show in New York City was a seminal event in the history of Modern Art. Innovative contemporaneous artists from Europe and the United States exhibited together in a massive group exhibition in New York City, and Chicago.

Art movements

Geometric abstraction and related movements
Other movements and techniques


World leaders


Influential artists

Sports figures





  1. ^ Dictionary of Genocide, by Samuel Totten, Paul Robert Bartrop, Steven L. Jacobs, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008, ISBN 0313346429, p. 19
  2. ^ Intolerance: a general survey, by Lise Noël, Arnold Bennett, 1994, ISBN 0773511873, p. 101
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, by Richard T. Schaefer, 2008, p. 90

Simple English

Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 19th century20th century21st century
Decades: 1880s 1890s 1900s – 1910s1920s 1930s 1940s
Years: 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
Categories: BirthsDeathsArchitecture

The 1910s was the decade that started on January 1, 1910 and ended on December 31, 1919.



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