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Montage of historical photos: Nelson Mandela raising fist, NASA moon landing, on cover of 'Great Events that Changed Our Lives,The Most Important Moments from 1950 to the Present', by White Star.

Great Events that Changed Our Lives

The Most Important Moments from 1950 to the Present

Edited by Alfredo Luis Somoza
Edited by Lorenzo Sagripanti
Edited by Margherita Giacosa


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  • Revisits the greatest events in recent history
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Some events more than others have changed the pace and determined the direction that history has taken along its rugged path. Inconsistencies that are not always clearly evident occur much more frequently when the events of humanity speed up. Such was the case in the mid-20th century. In fact, after World War II, several historical events overlapped; new political and military balances, decolonisation, revolutionary technological advances, racial tensions, changes in the geographical economy, cultural and religious conflicts and unrelenting mass migrations. This book is dedicated to precisely those key events in our time; it uses a rich array of iconography to retrace what were to be the points of no return, the developments that would suddenly change the lives of many human beings. This book revisits the greatest events in recent history – from the Korean War that marked the beginning of the Cold War to the various revolutions of 1968, from conquering the moon to the birth of the internet, from the introduction of the Euro to the meeting for denuclearisation between President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. Reliving the events makes it easier to understand the reasons and the origins of many of the milestones of contemporary history.

About the Author

Alfredo Luis Somoza is a journalist and anthropologist. He has written many texts concerning international politics. He has worked with Radio Popolare, Radio Vaticana, Radio Svizzera Italiana and Radio Capodistria. He is the director of the online magazine dialoghi.info and of the web-radio Young Radio. He is the president of the Institute for International Economic Cooperation in Milan and was one of the founders of the Italian Association of Responsible Tourism (AITR). He teaches master's courses in various universities and blogs for the Huffington Post.

White Star
17th Oct 2023
World excluding USA & Canada; India non-exclusive; Italy non-exclusive
285 mm x 242 mm
224 Pages
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