Political Changes in Europe Following WWII Essay

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"Europe saw greater political changes than continuities following the 2nd World War."

World War II (WWII) was a pivotal event that reshaped the Europe very much in terms of international politics. I agree to a large extent that Europe did see greater political changes than continuities following WWII. The most evident changes of which were that the United States of America (USA) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) gained international dominance in the world arena and that the United Nations (UN) was established following the League of Nations' demise.

WWII saw the decline of the Great Powers, mainly Britain and France, as well as the rise of USA and USSR as the two superpowers in the world. During WWII, Britain and
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There were definitely lesser traces and symptoms of social, economic and political instability in USA than in Britain and France. We can see that USA suffered minimal economic loss in the war but gained much military dominance in the world.

As for USSR, their success by comparison with other poorer countries was partly a matter of size. Being the largest nation in the world at the time with a strong military and powerful economy, USSR was already virtually self-sufficient before the war. Even though USSR made use of many resources during WWII, they were mostly impossible to attack as the weather conditions in USSR were terrible and land combat was terribly difficult. In addition, USSR was so huge that all attacks were insignificant to their politics and economy. Not to mention, technological gains from the capture of German scientists and espionage would eventually lead to their space programme. A stable economy, rocket technology, nuclear weapons, and a huge land army gave rise to USSR's influence on the world.

Even though Britain did have a part to play in deciding the post-war state of Europe, she was incapable of maintaining her influence on other nations. France had similarly lost her authority in the world. The politics in Europe had changed after WWII, seeing as USA and USSR had risen to be superpowers in the world, having

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