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The 1990s

January 9, 2010

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The 1990s, pronounced “the Nineties”, was the decade that started on January 1, 1990 and ended on December 31, 1999. The last full decade of both the 20th century and the 2nd millennium.

A combination of factors including the mass mobilization of capital markets through neoliberalism, the beginning of the widespread proliferation of new media such as the Internet, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union led to a realignment and reconsolidation of economic and political power across the world, and within countries.

Living standards and democratic governance generally improved in many areas of the world, notably East Asia, much of Eastern Europe, Latin America, and South Africa. However, new ethnic conflicts emerged in Africa, the Caucusus and the Balkans, and signs of any resolution of tensions in the Middle East remained elusive.[1]

The 1990s is considered by many western countries, such as the United States, to be a peaceful time that occurred after the effective end of the Cold War (1945-1991), but before the start of the War on Terror (2001-present). Worldwide however, the ’90s and the rest of the 20th century had more war casualties than the 2000s decade did.[2]


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