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Did Europeans Have a Better Quality of Life in the 1990s than in the 1890s?
Europeans, defined as citizens of what today constitutes the European Union (EU), had a better quality of life in the 1990s, than in the 1890s.
Legal and political developments brought significant improvements of Europeans' quality of life.
Educational opportunities for average Europeans were much better in the 1990s.
Social mobility had increased, thereby enabling people to change their lot and improve their relative social as well as economic standing (see
The economic situation had improved significantly for the majority of the population.
The media was much more diverse and allowed for broader entertainment and information opportunities.
The society in the 1990s was more considerate and civilized than in the 1890s and thus better to live in. Citizens enjoyed better legal protection, were nicer towards each other and were taken care of in case of need.
Progress in the transportation sector made the quality of life better in the 1990s.
Progress and advances in the health sector had a positive impact on the quality of life in the 1990s.
The quality of nutrition was better in the 1890s, thus the quality of life was better back then compared to the 1990s.
In the 1990s people were much easier to influence than in 1890s, due to the large reach of media such as the radio or the television.
Air, grounds and water were less clean in the 1990s as a result of increased pollution of the environment. Pollution caused many negative effects for society.
Quality of life had decreased by the 1990s as intellectual cultural stimulation became shallower, due to (serious) arts and culture making way for (simple) entertainment.
Europe was at the climax of its power with its colonial empire at the end of the 19th century. Spillover effects from this position of power benefited citizens in their daily lives and decreased since then.
The world for Europeans was safer in the 1890s than it was in the 1990s.
Between the 1890s and the 1990s, human life has become more distanced from the life humanity had before the advent of industrialization.
Due to technological and societal advancements on all scales of life, life itself became "faster" and therefore more complicated.
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