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The end of the Second World War changed the face of the world forever. Post-war austerity made way for the hedonism of the Swinging Sixties and the emergence of a youth culture. Things were also changing politically and technologically: the Cold War dominated and human rights marches, anti-war protests and feminism all made headlines, as did spaceflight and nuclear arms. By the latter half of the 20th century the information age was dawning with the development of computers and the internet.

Discover how these rapid developments and iconic characters such as Twiggy, Elvis and the Beatles, Martin Luther King and Margaret Thatcher all make this period one of the most fascinating in history.

Articles about modern history