The Effects Of Nuclear Weapons On The World War Essay

2345 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 10 Pages
Nuclear weapons were first used against Japan at the end of the Second World War, with the United States dropping nuclear weapons first on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, and again three days later on Nagasaki. These attacks are the only times nuclear weapons have ever been used directly against another state, with all subsequent detonations serving as either a demonstration of might or for research purposes. Since the culmination of WWII, direct warfare between superpowers has become seemingly non-existent. Nuclear states have stockpiled upwards of 15, 000 nuclear weapons total, with some 4, 000 estimated to be operational. Why is it, then, that only the first two have been used against another state? Has the advent of nuclear weapons brought a limit to what used to seem to be the limitless confines of what could be done to achieve victory in war?
This paper will examine the effect of nuclear weapons on how war has evolved and is conducted today compared to before the introduction of these overwhelming weapons. Warfare will be examined on the tactical, operational, and strategic levels in both WWII to identify characteristics of pre-nuclear weapon warfare. Proxy wars and what they are will then be examined on all three levels as well to demonstrate how warfare is conducted in a post nuclear-free world. Finally, major traits from each era will be weighed against each other to determine to what extent nuclear weapons have impacted how states conduct war. This paper intends to…

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