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3 Most Important Events in World History

By wpeterson Sep 15, 2010 539 Words
3 Most Important Events in World History
Many events have shaped the world to what it is today. Events such as the writing of the Communist Manifesto, the Black Death, and World War II were very important in history and their effects can still be seen today. If not for these monumental events the world would be a very different place.

The first one of these to occur was the Black Death. The Black Death is believed to have been spread from Asia, originating in Europe in Italy. It was a horrible disease with a mortality rate of seventy-five percent. The first effect it had on Europe was that it annihilated most of the European population. Out of fear or due to death, farmers abandoned their farms. This caused a food shortage and caused even more deaths than the plague had already. This caused prices of food to sky rocket and not return to normal prices until long after the plague had passed. It also redistributed the population and wealth among Europeans and almost reset the credit system in Europe because most debtors and creditors had died. This had a profound effect on future generations, giving them a fresh start.

The second one of these was the writing of the Communist Manifesto. Written in the mid eighteen-hundreds by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, it was the start of Marxism which in turn spawned communism. Communism is one of the great world ideas, and is a very powerful idea. Communist ideas have done many great and important things. The first effect they had was inspiring the Bolshevik Revolution. This created the first communist state and sparked a wildfire of red. The fallout of Soviet Russia included, but isn’t limited to the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. It gave rise to great powers like Lenin, Stalin, and Castro, and still impacts the World’s political climate today.

The third important occurrence was World War II. In the aftermath of World War II, Europe was in ruins. After the allies were declared victorious, the boundaries of Europe were redrawn, and it was left up to the allied powers to rebuild the areas of high conflict. World War II also created the superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union. This created a world which seemed predominantly ruled by these two powerful countries and in many ways it was. Also due to World War II, nuclear warfare was introduced to the world’s mind, and the threat of nuclear exchange was a large contributing factor to the Cold War, another major event in World History. Perhaps the most daunting effect of World War II however was the Holocaust and the discovery of its’ final death count. The Holocaust is what most people consider to be one of the worst crimes man has ever committed, and it must be of grave importance to us if we wish not to repeat it.

In reality more than just these three events shaped the world. These however are the ones I found most important. These events were incredibly important and had great impact. It could truly be wondered what the world would be like if these events had never occurred.

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