World War II : The Beginning Of A New Era Essay

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The forties were dominated by fashion statements, fascinating inventions, and life-changing events. The forties contain many well-known events in history; however, this time period is mainly known for World War II, for the attack on Pearl Harbor, and for the Holocaust. Because of the numerous events that occurred, the forties are known as the decade of a new era. From small inventions such as the creation of t-shirts to drastic events such as World War II, each has affected the world’s outcome in one way or another. Events during the 1940s have affected today’s society immensely.
As the decade began, the world was already in World War II, a war that made the world a different place. The war began on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland and ended on September 2, 1945 when Japan surrendered following the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Don Keko 1). America tried to remain uninvolved in the war; however, after Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, the United States had no choice but to join the war. By the time the war ended, nearly 300,000 Americans lost their lives. In all countries, approximately fifty-five million people had been killed. Majority of the deaths were civilians rather than soldiers (Bill Ganzel 6). World War II still remains the deadliest conflict in history (Keko 1). The conclusion of the war led to the Cold War, decolonization, and free trade (1). Although World War II was a devastating event, the war was necessary in order…

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