The Wilson Quarterly

1989 and the Birth of the Modern World

Revolutions — be they political, social, technological, or cultural — swept the world in 1989. From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the protests at Tiananmen Square; from the deaths of Ayatollah Khomeini and Emperor Hirohito to the birth of the world wide web and launch of GPS.

Twenty-five years later, we look back at the impact of 1989, and the modern era it created.

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