As this course begins, so does the Cold War in the aftermath of World War II. In the United States Harry Truman is President; in the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, and in China, the Nationalists under Chaing Kai-Chek battle the most consequential Civil War in Oriental history against the Communists under Mao Tse Tung for control of China.
When the course ends Barrack Obama is President of the United States and in a New York skyscraper Donald Trump descends an escalator. The Space Age began. So did the Age of Television, and Computers, and Rock and Roll.
In business, the most influential company in the world was a hamburger chain (McDonalds) feeding 1% of the world population. In crime, the baddest crime lord in history (not a government dictator) was a Columbian (Pablo Escobar) killing thousands of people and murdering hundreds of policemen.. In science, the Hubble Space Telescope discovered planets around other stars.