Results and Change of the Cold War

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The Second World War took place from 1939 to 1945 following collaboration between Britain and France to fight Germany for invading Poland. Though this was the main cause of the war, other causes were diversified. The war was in almost every country but mainly in Asia, Europe, America, Mediterranean and Africa. The Cold war a period characterized of tension, economic competition and continued political conflicts that existed after the Second World War. The collaboration between US, Britain and USSR ended after the Second World War. This was a conflict between capitalist and communist nations. The impacts of the wars were social, economic, environmental, governmental and political. The war affected the children and youthful generation a great deal. This essay reflects on a young adult’s story of the war reflecting on the feelings and impact of the war socially and economically.


The end of the Second World War might have been a relief to the people only for the Cold war to begun. The cold war led to the eventual collapse of communism. The effects of the war are still visible today ranging from social, political and economic.

Reflection on the War

The period that I was born just before the end of the Second World War, was devastating from

Results and Change

the looks on the faces of the people I saw though I did not understand what was happening. In 1945, I could understand that the war was over and this was a sigh of relief. Little did we realize that tension had built up and cold war was beginning, having attended elementary school and just in High school about to get to university. In those times, news were characterized by reports on the war, much spending by the government was on the military with most of us being persuaded to join the military. Student tensions were high with many protesting against the war. After the end, economic effects were severe with periods of recession and lowered government spending on other productive projects. The war involved nuclear weapons and chemical bombs with increased rivalry between nations all seeking to be the world super power. Environmentally, there was tremendous rise in radioactivity levels and deforestation with landscapes affected and pollution leading to health issues. (Lackenbauer, 2007)


The effects of the war are still felt today with environmental impact, government policies and economic stimulus changing. Personal accounts of the reveal how psychologically people were affected. Social systems are a consequence of the war.


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Yale University Press

Lackenbauer, W & Farish, M. (2007). The Cold War: Militarizing a Northern Environment. Journal on environmental history, 12(4), 58-65