The epoch of the television and computer has its name, of course, due to the fact that the mass media in this period grew enormously thanks to this new inventions. We still live in this epoch. It started approximately around 1950. With all the events in this period we can write books full of history. Below is a brief summary.
Netherlands on 5 May 1945 was freed from the German occupiers. After the second world war, Netherlands in ruins. The new Dutch Government had a heavy task. There was a housing shortage, because many houses were destroyed. The people had to work. There were jobs for the unemployed. Many people had spent the war in poverty. The Dutch economy had to grow again. One of the people who settled this was Willem Drees. He was Prime Minister from 1948 to 1958. His Cabinet has not only ensured that the Dutch economy was healthy again, it also has important laws introduced. These were, for example, the werkeloosheidswet and the General old age pensions Act.
The port of Rotterdam was also an important topic of the reconstruction. At the beginning of the second world war was largely bombed Rotterdam. Also the ports had great damage. To the Dutch economy back to health, Netherlands had to ensure they could act. Much trade happened via the water. The port was so quickly restored. The trade grew and the port had to grow. It so happened that the port of Rotterdam in 1962 was the largest port of the world. And it remained the largest up to the year 2004.
The second world war was clearly a huge disaster in the history of Netherlands. There is nothing quite like it. Unfortunately, Netherlands in 1953 was again hit by a disaster. This had a very different cause and size, but has just as much to 1800 people. One night in the lives of thousands of people stood on its head. On 31 January was we had really severe weather. No one expected that that severe weather would cost a lot of human lives. On the night of 31 January on 1 February 1953 broke the dikes in zeeland. The storm made sure they could not stop the high water. We call this disaster the flood disaster.
The Dutch have always been been in combat with the water. But after the flood they built one of the largest projects ever: the delta works. This huge network of dams and retaining structures would ensure that was in the sequel would keep feet dry.
Another big project took place in the Groningen Slochteren. Here was in 1959 gas found. In the beginning they had not yet by that this is an enormous amount of gas would go. It is thought that it is probably still up to 2030 will be before this gas bubble is empty.
In a brief summary about the time of television and computer should I definitely also mention Screbrenica. The world thought they had learned a good lesson of the second world war. Something terrible should never happen again. But it happened anyway.
Screbenica was the scene of a horrific genocide. This means that a mass murder was committed on people of one particular breed. It happened in 1995, in the civil war of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Muslims and Christians fought in this war for independence. The UN had designated as safe place for Screbrenica Muslims fled. But this was a big mistake. A lot of Muslims who had fled were killed here when the city was conquered by Bosnian Serb troops.