For timelines of modern history, see Timelines of modern history. Modern history, the modern period or the modern era, is the linear, global, historiographical approach to the time frame after post-classical history. Modern pre-school education article Renaissance, the Age of Discovery, and the Protestant Reformation.
Contemporary history is the span of historic events from approximately 1945 that are immediately relevant to the present time. In the pre-modern era, many people’s sense of self and purpose was often expressed via a faith in some form of deity, be it that in a single God or in many gods. In contrast to the pre-modern era, Western civilization made a gradual transition from pre-modernity to modernity when scientific methods were developed which led many to believe that the use of science would lead to all knowledge, thus throwing back the shroud of myth under which pre-modern peoples lived. The term “Early Modern” was introduced in the English language in the 1930s. It is important to note that these terms stem from European history. In the Contemporary era, there were various socio-technological trends.
Regarding the 21st century and the late modern world, the Information Age and computers were forefront in use, not completely ubiquitous but often present in everyday life. The development of Eastern powers was of note, with China and India becoming more powerful. In the Eurasian theater, the European Union and Russian Federation were two forces recently developed. The modern period has been a period of significant development in the fields of science, politics, warfare, and technology. By the late 19th and 20th centuries, modernist art, politics, science and culture has come to dominate not only Western Europe and North America, but almost every civilized area on the globe, including movements thought of as opposed to the west and globalization. Wars and other perceived problems of this era, many of which come from the effects of rapid change, and the connected loss of strength of traditional religious and ethical norms, have led to many reactions against modern development. One common conception of modernity is the condition of Western history since the mid-15th century, or roughly the European development of movable type and the printing press.