This site was developed to provide short biographies of key players in world events during the 20th Century. It was launched in 2000. The site originally consisted of about 50 simple pages. Over the years the complexity of the site increased as existing pages were expanded and updated and new pages were added. Today the site contains over 230 pages with multiple cross-references and multiple methods for sorting and filtering.
As the site changed and developed since its launch in 2000, so too did the internet. Information that was once relatively scarce became super-abundant. Small, independent sites like this one got lost in the flood. The site does have some unique characteristics. It places lives in the context of events and takes a journalistic rather than historic approach to the telling of its stories. Sources and statements are freely quoted. However, the statistics don't lie. The number of visitors to the site was initially surprisingly large. Over the years that number steadily declined. It has now reached a point that does not warrant any further expansion of the site and only limited future development. The site will now go into a legacy phase. It will remain available for the foreseeable future but no new pages will be added and there will be only limited updates to existing pages.
The site was produced in Sydney, Australia. It uses UK English spelling conventions. Hence enrol rather than enroll, colour rather than color, organisation rather than organization and so on. The convention used for dates is day / month / year. Hence 1 September 1939 rather than September 1, 1939.
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Author and producer
18 May 2017
Sources and acknowledgements
Information included on the site has been sourced from hundreds of sites across the internet. Reference material has also been sourced from the print and electronic media and from other credible published texts.
Among all the content available on the internet there are some sites that, for the purpose of this project, have been consistently outstanding and deserve special mention.
The United States Library of Congress Country Studies Series provides in-depth and authoritative studies of the 101 countries and regions it covers, although most of the articles are now somewhat dated. The pages on www.moreorless.net.au are often critical of the US and its foreign policy over the years, but the Country Studies Series, which contains documents that are also often critical of the government which it represents, shows just why the US is a truly great democracy.
The Nobel Foundation's website pages covering the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize include several of the heroes found here. The comments and insights contained in the speeches and articles featured on the site give a more human dimension to the hard facts.
Further credible and authoritative background information has been sourced from websites such as:
- The Avalon Project : 20th Century Documents
- Freedom, Democide, War
- Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century
- Internet Modern History Sourcebook
- US Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets
- Web Genocide Documentation Centre
- The World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency
- World History Archives
- World History at KLMA
Several on-line "journals of record" have also been referred to regularly for source material and confirmation of facts. Included among these are:
A full list of recommended sites is available in the bibliography.
References and links to external sites are provided as an information service only and should not necessarily be construed as an endorsement. Conversely, omissions should not be construed as non-endorsement.
Although every care has been taken to provide links to suitable material from this site, the nature of the internet prevents any guarantee of the suitability, completeness or accuracy of any of the material that this site may be linked to.
Consequently, this site can accept no responsibility for unsuitable or inaccurate material that may be encountered. Also, there is no guarantee that any of the sites listed will be available at any particular time.
All of the material published on this site is for global distribution. However, the site cannot guarantee that the material is complete or correct. The site therefore takes no responsibility for outcomes that may arise from the use, quotation or reference to the facts, comments and opinions contained within.