Many events throughout history have shaped history and the modern world as we see it today. The Cold War has shaped the modern world as we know it greatly and drastically. It has changed the way mamy see other countries and speak of them. The cold war may have lasted about half a century but the remnants still linger on.
The cold war was an event that occured after the second world war when the United States created the first weapon of mass destruction, the Atomic Bombs. The Soviet Union (Modern day Russia) wanted to be the dominant power of the world and at the time half of Europe was now a satellite or a puppet state of the Soviet Union. From 1955, the two superpowers (The United States and the Soviet Union) would have a stalemate until the Soviet Union’s collapse, in 1991. Many smaller events heated up the cold war such as; the Korean and Vietnam wars, and the event that was the closest causing war was the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
Overall the Cold War should not be forgotten and should be a lesson to many that the world was so close to ending. Relations have improved, yet many of the weapon used for mass destruction are still in use, and hidden below the surface of the Earth, or in plain sight. An event like this should not happen again. - Brenden B.
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August 6, 1945 the residents of Hiroshima were in shock, a large mushroom cloud loomed over the broken city. The invention of Nuclear weapons changed the world forever. They were used in World War II by the United states in a successful attempt to force the Japanese surrender. Ever since nuclear weapons were used they have been spread to more countries. They have been upgraded and improved to be more powerful than before. They have enough weapons to wipe out millions of innocents. They killed millions of people during the second world war, they have spread to different countries, and governments spend millions to build and maintain them. - Alex R.
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The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was a very important event in history and changed the world in many ways. Nobody expected this devastating attack from Japan, happening on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. The ambush killed over 2,000 Americans, and leaving many of our battleships and planes in destruction. The attack left the United States in shock, and in rage. Many people wanted revenge on the Japanese, and to declare war on them. Not long after the bombing, the U.S joined World War II, with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt. Even though she did not have direct say in planning the war, she helped the United States in any way she could, boosting women’s rights and acts against racism. Overall, The attack of Pearl Harbor is what led the United States into World War II, and made an impact on the world in that way. - Leah P.
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In the Middle Ages, gay individuals could receive severe punishments for being gay, many of which included death. In 1930s Germany, gay men were forced to wear pink triangles and later were thrown into concentration camps. For centuries, the LGBT community was severely discriminated against, until the Stonewall Riots of 1969. These riots happened when police raided the Stonewall Inn gay bar, and instead of the gays complying, they fought back. The riots lasted for five nights, with pauses during the day. Some of the participants would go around and use the resulting chaos to pass out handouts on the differences that they were trying to make.They ended up changing the course of history and progressing gay rights immensely. Now, the LGBT community is a lot farther than it was. It’s common for pride parades to take place, and now, in many places, gay marriage is legal. Because of the Stonewall Riots, the world is a more accepting place for LGBT individuals, and they continue to fight for their rights. - Tori D.
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Do not say you have never gotten angry. Do not say you have never been mad at someone. Anger is one of the human emotions that all people feel. Even way back in the 1800s, people got mad, sometimes even leading to the extreme of war (because war solves everything). On one particular occasion, four European countries got mad at how Napoleon Bonaparte used his power. They overthrew Napoleon and created a new congress.
The Congress’s job was to decide who would get the land, which the other European countries desperately wanted. They met in Vienna for one year, collaborated for a year on territorial issues, and dealt with one another for a year until decisions were made. They referred to this congress later as the Congress of Vienna. It helped to develop the European community maintain peace. When the Congress enforced its final act in the June of 1815, peace was at hand. That same peace continued for another ten years before war broke out.
The Congress had completed its intended job, and done so with efficiency. After the Congress’s last act the Congress broke up. It kept Europe alive while it was in it darkest days. It brought all of the other countries in Europe to a consensus. It allowed problems to get solved. If the Congress of Vienna had never convened, Europe’s history would be a lot different. Napoleon would have had a longer streak. The Congress of Vienna was Europe’s turning point in history. - Brenndan T.
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The world hit an all-time low in the 1930s. The economy had crashed, just about every citizen of almost every country was forced to beg for food on the streets, and the world’s politics spiraled downhill. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 had devastated the world. Through its devastation, the crash started the Great Depression, caused the deaths of millions of people, and even had a hand in beginning WWII. Every single country’s governments turned inward, shutting out the rest of the world, and that just worsened their situations. No one had any of the resources they needed to help themselves anymore. The crash had happened in the United States, when all of the sudden, tens of millions of shares were sold, and panic began as the market spiraled down from there. After the crash had begun to take effect in America, it spread all around the rest of the world, taking out national stability country by country.
- Max G.
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