20th Century Essay

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Summary of the 20th Century
When the 20th century began it was full of promises of peace, prosperity, and happiness; even though at the turn of the century the greatest modern empire of that time was in the Boar Wars. No one ever dreamed that instead of the great things this new century promised such despair and war would come.
Even though there was great turmoil, there were also great achievements. The first great thing that happened was the first successful flight at Kitty Hawk by the Wright Brothers. Their research and development of the airplane paved the way for faster travel and deadly war machines. Over the years man has engineered better designs for airplanes, even discovered more proficient ways of creating thrust.
In 1914 the world was placed in a situation that they thought ...view middle of the document...

These three dangerous forms of government would prove to challenge capitalism and democracy throughout the rest of the 20th century.
Soon the world was at war again. This is the real start of ‘modern warfare’ as the sense of it now. Airplanes and tanks were widely used on both sides during the war. Towards the end of the war we had technological advances we would have never gotten as quickly otherwise. By the end of this war Nazism was defeated, though communism and fascism gained a foothold around the world, and the world saw the power of the atom.
After the war the United Nations (U.N. was put in place as a higher government over all governments represented by it. When North and South Korea were at war, the U.N. sent soldiers from around the world to help the South Koreans.
Throughout the next decades could only be called The Cold War between America, who represented capitalism and democracy, and the Soviet Union, who represented communism and fear. The policy that was implemented against the Soviet Union was to let them implode on themselves because communism does not work.
The major wars and conflicts that happened after World War II were mostly Capitalism vs. Communism. Until the Soviet Union just disappeared after it tried to invade Afghanistan. After that a new threat came to America: Radical Islam. Islam itself is not a threat, it is the radicals that become terrorists and attack not on a battlefield but against the public.
Even though it was a common hope that the 20th century would be different, nothing can change the lust for power and control humans have. The 20th century had many horrible wars and events, but out of them great technological advances took place. If the 20th century had turned out differently, we might still be quite a ways away from putting a man on the moon.

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