The 20th century was a time of enormous technological and cultural changes, including two world wars and the great depression of the 1930s the center for american history, the university of texas at austin it also saw other huge changes during the russian revolution and the beginning of prohibition in the united states.
The 20th century writing from 1914 to 1945 important movements in drama, poetry, fiction, and criticism took shape in the years before, during, and after world war i the eventful period that followed the war left its imprint upon books of all kinds.
Early twentieth century theatre resource: wilson/goldfarb, chapter 14 for most of 20 th-century theatre, realism has been the mainstreamthere have been some, however, who have turned their backs on realism. The history of the hollywood movie industry hollywood: perhaps no other place on earth evokes the same air of show-business magic and glamour the legend of hollywood began in the early 20th century and is an earmark of modern american society rich in history and innovation.
Beginning with the work russian playwrights ivan turgenev, alexander ostrovsky and leo tolstoy and continued by emile zola in france and henrik ibsen in norway in the late 19th century, realism came to dominate most of the theatrical culture of the 20th century in britain and north america. The american theatre re-opened in june 2000 with a star-studded gala celebration and no debt when the american theatre originally opened in the early 20th century, it was the first “integrated theatre” in virginia.