Newsreel Footage from 1934 Shows the Whole World Collectively Freaking Out

“Throughout the world, there is a feeling of insecurity surpassing that on the eve of the World War.”

Though this ominous quote comes at the end of the clip above, it perfectly captures the tone of these ten minutes of panicked newsreel footage from 1934. A pair of announcers tag-team a summary of the world’s events beginning with the first World War as they focus on mass disorder–wars, revolutions, and financial crises take center stage. The theatricality of it all adds some entertainment value to this early-20th century history lesson. Makes you wonder what our own TV headlines will look like almost a century from now.

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