Remembering 1921: 100 Years Later

1921 was dominated by the impact of World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1919-1920. The newly established Weimar Republic in Germany was floundering under the savage clauses of the post WWI Treaty of Versailles. The race riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma shocked the world. Communist Parties were formed in several nations in the wake of the Russian Revolution of 1917, while the Bolsheviks were fighting to preserve the Revolution in a savage civil war. Prince Philip, John Glenn, Ray Lindwall and Nancy Reagan were all born in 1921. The Royal Australian Airforce was established in 1921.


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  • Impact of World War 1 and the Spanish Flu Pandemic on the world by 1921
  • Race Riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the significance of the Jim Crow Laws and the dominance of the KKK in the USA in 1921
  • Role of the Comintern and the explosion of Communism and Communist Parties across the world in the wake of the Russian Revolution of 1917.
  • The foundation of the Royal Australian Airforce
  • The emergence of the Irish Free State
  • Significant individuals in 1921 including FDR, Edith Cowan, Al Jolson, Albert Einstein and Babe Ruth


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of the significant events occurring around the world in 1921
  2. Discuss the role of some significant individuals in 1921 in Australia, Great Britain, USA, Germany and Russia
  3. Discuss some similarities and differences between 1921 and 2021.

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