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  1. Legacy of World War II

  2. 1. Devastating Consequences • 50 million civilians and soldiers dead • Much of Europe’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, and railways was destroyed. • The destruction of European cities left millions homeless.

  3. The Death Toll

  4. 2. Demographics • European population- homeless, jobless, hopeless, no food (ask Bischof about his Dad) • Mass emigration out of Europe

  5. 2. Enforcing Rules of War • The Nuremberg Trials put 24 surviving Nazi leaders on trial for crimes against humanity. • The trials established an important principle that individuals could not escape punishment by claiming that they were merely “following orders.”

  6. Tokyo Trials Nuremberg Trials

  7. 3. Atomic Age • After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Soviet Union will explode its first atomic bomb in 1949. • In 1952, the U.S. successfully tests the worlds first H-bomb. The Soviets follow a year later. • Air raid drills and bomb shelters will become common place during the Cold War.

  8. 4. The United Nations is Created • The charter was signed by 50 nations in 1945. • The chief mission of the United Nations is to promote world peace and third world development. • Today, the U.N. has more than 190 member nations.

  9. Accompanied by local children, Portuguese blue helmets serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor, now Timor-Leste, patrol the Becora district of the capital, Dili. (1 March 2000) UN Photo Peacekeepers Donate School Supplies to Haitian Children in Need South Sudan: UN blue helmets deploy to deter ethnic violence in key town

  10. 5. Independence and Decolonization Many countries will gain their independence or be created after WWII. India Vietnam Jordan Iceland Syria Korea Lebanon Laos Indonesia Philippines Pakistan Sri Lanka Burma Israel

  11. Do you think this was fair? The Creation of Israel • European Jews devastated after WWII • GBR creates a separate Jewish state in the territory they occupied in Palestine • Palestine furious at GBR

  12. 6. The Cold War Begins After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union will emerge as two super powers with major ideological differences. Vs. Government System- Dictatorship Economic System- Command Government System- Presidential Democracy Economic System- Mixed Market

  13. Unloading Marshall Plan aid boxes in Europe The 'Truman Doctrine’ proposed granting substantial economic and other assistance to governments fighting communist insurgency, beginning in Greece and Turkey.