Modern 20th and 21st Centuries

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This war started off as a small European war but very soon Russia was involved and then, by 1942, Japan and the USA were involved. Fighting took place over most of the world and involved millions of people.

Germany was finally defeated in 1945 and Japan surrendered after the Western Allies dropped some Atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Polarisation and the Superpowers 1945 On

After the Second World War Europe became divided up between Soviet Russia and the Western Allies. Russia formed the Warsaw Pact with countries like Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and the Western Allies formed NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation).

This is the start of the Cold war with Nuclear weapons being used as a threat to keep the peace, which are nearly used when Russia tries to base some of them in Cuba, just off the coast of America.

The Cold war eventually peters out in the 1980's when Russia becomes unable to rule countries like East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland. East Germany is re-united  with West Germany into a single country again.

Space, the next frontier

Scientific knowledge expanded massively during the later part of the 20th century. One of the biggest areas was in space exploration.

Spacecraft have been sent to most planets in our solar system and even some sent beyond it into outer space. Man has set foot on our moon and we have ambitions go even further in the near future.

The 21st Century

The next century promises to be exiting as fast as the last with technology developing at an even faster pace and the exploitation of space becoming more common. Our biggest challenge is likely to be dealing with environmental conditions caused by our ever increasing demands on ever decreasing resources.