Years of Crisis 1919-1939

Section 1- Postwar Uncertainty

A New Revolution in Science- Thinkers were part of a scientific revolution that was important as the one centuries before by Copernicus and Galileo.

Impact of Einstein's Theory of Relativity- Albert einstein gave new info. on space, time,energy,and matter. Theory of relativity- light speed is constant. Albert changed everyone's view of the world.

Influence of Freudian Psychology- Sigmund Freud's ideas were as revolutionary as Albert Einstein's. He treated people with psychological problems. He thought human behavior was beyond reason or irrational.

Literature in the 1920's- WW1 made philosophers rethink ideas about reason and progress. People feared the future and had doubts about traditional religious beliefs. T.S. Eliot described the postwar world as a "wasteland".

Writers reflect Society's concerns- War made an impression on many writers during this time. Some novels showed the influence of Freud's on the unconscious.

Thinkers React to Uncertainties- Some thinkers turned to the philosophy of existentialism. Jean Paul Sartre was a major leader of this movement. Existentialists believe there was no meaning to life and everyone creates their own meaning. These people were influenced by a german philosopher named Friedrich Nietzsche.

Credits:

Created with images by KrzysztofTe Foto Blog - "Crisis" • 5zal_Photography - "steelwool dark firespin"

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.