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The 20th century witnessed both decline and renewal in the city.After World War I, the city suffered from the impact of the Post–World War I recession and from the later Great Depression, this also led to a rise of radical socialism and the "Red Clydeside" movement.The city had recovered by the outbreak of World War II and grew through the post-war boom that lasted through the 1950s.
The founding of the University of Glasgow in 1451 and elevation of the bishopric to become the Archdiocese of Glasgow in 1492 increased the town's religious and educational status and landed wealth.Glasgow was subsequently raised to the status of Royal Burgh in 1611.Glasgow's substantial fortunes came from international trade, manufacturing and invention, starting in the 17th century with sugar, followed by tobacco, and then cotton and linen, products of the Atlantic triangular slave trade.Glasgow is also known for the Glasgow patter, a distinct dialect that is noted for being difficult to understand by those from outside the city.
The area around Glasgow has hosted communities for millennia, with the River Clyde providing a natural location for fishing.
The Romans later built outposts in the area and, to keep Roman Britannia separate from the Celtic and Pictish Caledonia, constructed the Antonine Wall.