Best Centuries in History
The Top Ten
Although the scope of warfare expanded dramatically during the course of the 20th Century, the developments that defined the periods of peacetime ultimately outweigh the costly destruction and significant loss of life. The Cold War could not have been executed more brilliantly, and the era of 1945 to 1991 yielded many, many fruits. Technologies that will be in use for the rest of the duration of the human race sprung forth from this ideologically competitive yet focused era. The remaining years of the 1990's also saw amazing developments for our common humanity, particularly in medicine, art and music. Yes, this century that concluded an otherwise difficult millennium alone redeems that entire 1000 year period and keeps us looking deeper and deeper into the next.
I would vote for this if not for the glory of the 18th, but this comes close due to equality being better and major advancements in this great century. - TopTenTed
No. This century is overrated.
There was The Great Depression, World War 1, World War 2, in this century. But the end of it brought advances to video games and some home tech. - Limeyy
Well, yes, it is. I know technological advancements, but what about the beauty of the 18th? - TopTenTed
It was the century of many important discoveries, inventions and technological achievements: atom (atom itself has been discovered much earlier, but many properties of atom and subatomic particles have been discovered during the 20th century), computer, jet engine, moon landing,...
I love the 21st Century because there's always something to do when your bored like go on a tablet or something.
The technology improved more after we hit the 21st century.
It must be good if we're still living in it.
Gender equality has improved
This was THE game changer century. People always talk about how much better off we are now, and while that is technically true, in terms of growth, social change, cultural development, scientific discovery, innovation, global increase of wealth, expansions in art, music, literature, history: there really is no other century that can compare. If you look at conditions at the beginning and end of the century, it's almost literally night and day. Most other centuries are defined by changes in particular aspects, like the last half of the 20th century is largely characterized by advances in computer engineering and technology, and the first part of the 21st is associated with mobile technology boom. But the 19th century changed nearly everything you can name for the better. The fact that it's effects are still felt today speaks to this. Consider that some of the most recognizable architectural landmarks were built during this century: Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, Lady Liberty. Most of the ...more
In the 18 hundreds, the light bulb was invented from Thomas Edison in 1879, electricity was discovered, the colt revolver was invented in 1836, which is the first revolver, and the first car was invented in 1885, the telephone was invented in 1876, the radio was invented in 1895, and the first steam locomotive was invented by Richard Trevithick in 1804. So almost everything was made in 18 hundred. In the 19th century, the human was creative. Unlike now. Where there is barely something new other than a phone with multiple back cameras.
The scope of industrialization couldn't have been conceived when Great Britain began such feats. The automobile, the piston engine, machine guns, bombs, geographic lines in Europe, the rise and fall of Great Britain, the last century without airplanes -- the 1800's were an exciting time, building up to a very destructive century.
This was the beginning of the modern world. Industrialisation, the end of monarchies across the world, the introduction of modern political points of view, and most importantly, the building of tensions between European countries which would eventually lead to the major warfare in the 20th century. Other than napoleon, and the scramble for Africa and some minor wars in Asia and the world, this was a relativley peaceful century compared to the 20th century. - Bturlik
It was the best century for art, fashion, beauty, almost all of the positive things of society. Almost. Unfortunately slavery was still a thing. And women weren’t as equal as they were in the 20th. But apart from that, they did everything right!
Even the year NAMES sound great! 1700, 1770, love it. - TopTenTed
French Revolution. Best thing to happen to Europe.
Age of Enlightenment
Jesus died on the cross
The ladies were respected. The Three Musketeers takes place during this century. If guys in grade eight acted like the main characters act, middle school would be heaven, not hell.
King Henry 5/V of England perhaps one of the best English storylines of all time
This was the century that rocked.
I love medival things.