And what was happening in their countries!
The turn of the 20th century brought industrialization, urbanization, and social movements to the forefront of the public consciousness. Leading the charge of progress, as usual, were the younger generations. By 1916, most of the world found themselves tied up in conflicts both at home and abroad—and often, it was the young people who were thrust onto on the front lines.
Here’s a look at what teenagers looked like all over the world during those years and a bit about what was going on in their countries.
During the early 20th century, India was still under British rule. The British Raj is thought to have grown India’s industry by about 1% each year, but it is also widely agreed that life worsened for the Indian people under the harsh imperialism of the British during this time.
Latin America—Argentina & Mexico
During the early 1900s, Argentina, like much of the world, was in a time of major political and cultural transitions. By 1916 the conservative political parties still held a parliamentary majority, but had lost the presidential election to radical candidate Hipólito Yrigoyen.
In 1916, Mexico was in the throes of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) following the fraudulent re-election of Porfirio Diáz. The end of the conflict brought with it the end of the hacienda system which had dominated Mexican economic life since the Conquests and a notable period of relative peace in the country.
During WWI, French-occupied Algeria was a major supplier of goods to the French war effort. During this time, a new generation of Islamic leaders rose to prominence in Algerian politics. These leaders opposed the French rule of their country and their movement endured throughout the 1920s and 1930s, but waned somewhat as the geo-political landscape shifted in the years preceding WWII.