Essay on Impact Of World War II On The World

1050 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
During World War II every country in the world was impacted socially, financially and politically. However, developments and events during the war would have lasting effects on the world and in Australia it set in motion forces which would significantly change many aspects of Australian society. In Europe/North Africa the war was fought between September 1939 and May 1945 and was caused by the invasion of Poland by Germany. When Japan bombed Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941 and commenced its invasion through much of south-east Asia and the western and southwest Pacific islands on 7/8 December 1941 the war was suddenly much closer to Australia. The formal surrender by Japan on 2 September 1945 saw the end of hostilities. Australia joined Britain’s declaration of war against Germany due to its strong alliance with Britain which had colonised Australia and as the majority of its population were descended from the British. The war required significant developments in technology, developing many aspects of today’s modern world. In addition, for the first time Australian women began to see themselves as individuals and to want to be more than a wife or homemaker dependent upon the male breadwinner.

World War II was an important step in Australia finding its own place in the world. Australia went to war as a loyal member of the British Commonwealth, but the entry of Japan into the war caused Australia’s Prime Minister John Curtin to reconsider the relationship with Britain.…

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