Essay The World Of World War II

1425 Words May 18th, 2016 6 Pages
It is estimated that 50 million lives were lost over a six year period, and it has subsequently been revealed that many were lost through barbaric regimes of systematic killings and genocide. In response, the world’s budding powers convened to ensure that the horrors of the Second World War would never be repeated, resulting in the formation of the United Nations. The UN worked to create a standard on human rights, and also sought to deal with the territories that were annexed from enemy states at the end of the Second World War. The end of World War Two also saw the collapse of colonialism and the realignment of the priorities of the great powers from expansionism and empire-building to collaboration and international communication. The two new world powers of the United States and USSR had differing views on the direction of a new world order; pushing their capitalist and communist ideologies respectively.
World War Two witnessed barbaric acts of war being committed against groups of people not traditionally targeted by war-time operations, demonstrated by heavy civilian loss and significant mistreatment of prisoners of war (POWs). Minority groups such as the European Jewish population were also subject to systematic ethnic cleansing. The barbaric acts of war started a vicious cycle of increasing hatred and subsequent dehumanisation of the enemy. This meant that in the context of the Second World War, the concept of human rights became void. Schrijvers (2002) outlines the…

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