How WWII Affects Us Today
World War II was different than other wars, because of the number of civilian deaths that occurred. WWII changed the course of the nations around the world, some of which prospered technologically and economically, while others have yet to recover. WWII was one of the biggest and costliest wars in history. World War II is said to be the greatest and the most destructive war in world history. World War II was fought from 1939-1945 throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the far islands of the Pacific. World War II began on 1 September 1939 with Germany invading Poland, and ended on 2 September 1945 with the surrender of Japan after the Americans dropped Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. According to the article by Willmott, Hedley P. and Michael Barrett " nearly 50 million lives were lost".
World War II did have some positive effects, not just negative ones. With this war having such a high mortality rate, it is difficult to believe that it did being advances to medicine. Jack McCallan stated that " Military medicine during World War II was marked by advances in triage and transport, management of shock, and treatment of infectious diseases." There have always been medical treatment in a war zone, however "by 1939, military surgeons recognized the importance of early management of battlefield trauma.", McCallan notices. It was during this time that even more medical advances were made. From "controlling blood loss" to administering medicine. Without such advances, the medical field would not be what it is today. The advances that the military experienced during WWII helped to pave the way for better medical practices in the states, along with British, and the Soviet Union.
Another positive outcome of the war that changed the way the world is today is that the United States was " Still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression, many Americans saw the war as a means to escape hard economic times." according to...
Cited: Willmott, Hedley P. and Michael Barrett. "World War II (Overview)." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2011. Web. 17 Aug. 2011.
McCallum, Jack. "Medicine: World War II." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2011. Web. 21 Aug. 2011.
Neiberg, Michael. "U.S. Home Front: World War II." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2011. Web. 21 Aug. 2011.
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