When the World Socialist Web Site officially went online on February 14, 1998, the mainstream media had proclaimed the irreversible triumph of capitalism and the 'end of history.' Supposedly a new era of peace and prosperity had dawned. What followed instead was the endless 'war on terror,' the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, a devastating decline in the living standards of the working class, unprecedented attacks on democratic rights and, in the face of these events, profound cultural and intellectual disorientation.
In 2013, the WSWS International Editorial Board produced an annual chronology, selected from our archive of more than 45,000 articles up to that point, in order to offer readers a comprehensive overview of the most important events from 1998 to 2013. We urge readers to study this chronology and see how the WSWS reported and analyzed the great events, political issues, social processes and intellectual controversies of its first fifteen years.