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For indicating the history of not far and early past (for example until a century ago) which one describes better? contemporary history or recent history?

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from sciencedirect.com1

"Contemporary history refers to the history of events usually within the lifetime of the historian, although sometimes, in the European or North American context, to post-1945 or even post-1914 history."

That said, if you are having a normal conversation, most people would use "Recent History". "Contemporary History" is for more formal situations, like defending your doctoral dissertation.

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