1789: the French Revolution marked the beginning of the modern world with deep and differential repercussions all across Europe. 1929: the New York stock exchange crash and the Great Depression brought the biggest economical catastrophe of the 20th century. 1949: Mao Zedong proclaims the People's Republic of China; 30 years later the arrival of Deng Xiaoping to power will imply a radical change. 1989: the fall of the Berlin Wall represented the end and the beginning of a new hope, the end of the Cold War and the unification of Europe. 2009: the current economical crisis hitting the world. Five key dates -all finishing in 9- of the contemporary period that will be analyzed not only from a historical perspective, but also making special emphasis on their political, economic and social signification for our current world. Several experts will be in charge: Jean-René Aymes, Gabriel Tortella, Taciana Fisac, Emilio Lamo de Espinosa and Luis Ángel Rojo.