For a couple of years, CutVideo has been doing a series of quick videos of decade-by-decade style progressions in a given country. The vast majority of them are of women's style, though a handful exist for men's style. While they only cover the past century and change, it can be a good way to introduce players and set expectations for Edwardian games and traditional Cthulhu games and early Cold War games, or to introduce kids to what "the 80s" were like.
(It's also interesting to see how the 1910s are often very distinct and wildly diverse for various countries around the world, but as two world wars and telecommunications settle in, every place on the planet becomes more and more homogenous. "The 80s" hit most countries hard, and the 2010s are nearly ubiquitous "big hair and lipstick" across dozens of countries.)
Here's a whirlwind tour of 11 countries, avoiding the world superpowers, women only, a rough third of the core vids that CutVideo has on offer. Their "Research/Making Of" videos are also highly informative for anyone wanting to dig deeper into any given country.
Italy: A fashion center, and sometimes "a decade ahead" on Western trends. Weathered "the 80s" well.
Iran: Islamic Revolution hits the 1980s, Green Revolution the 2000s.
Philippines: Invaded in the 1940s, the "Imelda Marcos" in the 1960s
Argentina: Eva Peron in the 1940s, "Mothers of the Plaza" protests against the military "disappearing" people in the 1970s.
Germany: Split in the 1950s through the 1980s.
Syria: Independent of Ottoman Empire in 1910s, French Protectorate for decades, Civil war and traditional Islamization in the 2010s.
Korea: Split from the 1950s straight through to the 2010s.
Mexico: Revolution in the 1910s, the "Frida Kahlo" in the 1930s.
India: Independent of the British Empire in the 1940s, "elder style" in the 1990s.
Japan: World War Two in the 1940s, nightlife subcultures in the 1990s onward.
France: Split/Occupied, then Liberated, in the 1940s. Also a fashion center, weathered "the 70s" and "the 80s" well.
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