Analyzing Post World War II History Essay

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Over seventy years into the post-1945 world, and the lingering effects of the Cold War continue to shape global society to this day. When analyzing post-World War II history, historians recognize three key themes that emerged throughout the era: political ideologies and the paradoxes of their implementation; the growth of nation-states, nationalism, supranationalism, and internationalism; and tensions between individual rights and societal claims. Though each theme listed is solidified as a recurring concept throughout the given period, tensions between individual rights and societal claims has perhaps been the most influential in terms of influencing international history. These tensions continue to play out even into today, on both a micro and macro level, and have served as the basis for social change over the course of modern history. The theme played out on the micro level in the United States, as the sixties and seventies had ideal conditions for social movements. Take the uprising in second wave feminism, for example. Women began to participate more in the economy following the end of World War II, which put them in positions of power which allowed their concerns about growing inequalities to be vocalized (Hunt 222). The rise of consumerism gave way to American individualism, as everyone began to realize that they had an intrinsic and unique value in society, and therefore deserved to be treated as such. Women were still being partitioned into “gender appropriate”…

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