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Wwii – World War Ii

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WWII – World War II

World War II was a global conflict that began in 1939 and ended in 1945. It involved most of the world's nations, eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the largest war in history. In a state of "total war", the major participants placed their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities at the service of the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass death of civilians, including the Holocaust and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare, it is the deadliest conflict in human history, resulting in 50 million to over 70 million fatalities.
It started because Germany wanted to take over and control the world. In this attempt, Germany first invaded Poland and because of this its allies were forced to declare war against Germany by setting a naval blockade.
It affected greatly the world as we know it because of the numerous deaths and the urban destruction of major cities in many different nations. Estimates for the total casualties of the war vary, because many deaths went unrecorded. Most suggest that some 60 million people died in the war, including about 20 million soldiers and 40 million civilians. Many civilians died because of disease, starvation, massacres, bombing and deliberate genocide.
Also, short after the world war ended the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as world super powers was evident both in military as well as economic scenario. The immense destruction wrought over the course of the war caused a sharp decline in the influence of the great powers. The U.S. suffered very little during the war and because of military and industrial exports became a formidable manufacturing power. This led to a period of wealth and prosperity for the U.S. in the fields of industry, agriculture and technology. Because of the immense loss of life and the destruction of land and industrial capacity, the USSR was at...

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