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Space Wars: The First Six Hours of WWIII

The Second World War occurred from to and is the only conflict in which nuclear weapons have been used. Hiroshima and Nagasaki , in Japan , were devastated by atomic bombs dropped by the United States. Nazi Germany , led by Adolf Hitler , was responsible for genocides , most notably the Holocaust , the killing of 6,, Jews and 11,, others persecuted by the Nazis.

The United States , the Soviet Union , and Canada deported and interned minority groups within their own borders, and largely because of the conflict, many ethnic Germans were later expelled from Eastern Europe. Japan was responsible for attacking neutral nations without a declaration of war , such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is also known for its brutal treatment and killing of Allied prisoners of war and the inhabitants of Asia.

It also used Asians as forced laborers and was responsible for the Nanking massacre where , civilians in the city were brutally murdered by Japanese troops. Non-combatants suffered at least as badly as or worse than combatants , and the distinction between combatants and non-combatants was often blurred by belligerents of total war in both conflicts. The outcome of World War II had a profound effect on the course of world history. The old European empires either collapsed or were dismantled as a direct result of the wars' crushing costs and, in some cases, their fall was due to the defeat of imperial powers.

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The United States became firmly established as the dominant global superpower, along with its ideological foe, the Soviet Union, in close competition. The two superpowers exerted political influence over most of the world's nation-states for decades after the end of the Second World War. The modern international security, economic, and diplomatic system was created in the aftermath of the wars.

Institutions such as the United Nations were established to collectivize international affairs, with the explicit goal of preventing another outbreak of general war. The wars had also greatly changed the course of daily life.

Technologies developed during wartime had a profound effect on peacetime life as well, such as by advances in jet aircraft , penicillin , nuclear energy , and electronic computers. Since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War, there has been a widespread and prolonged fear of a potential Third World War between nuclear-armed powers.

Concepts have ranged from purely-conventional scenarios, to limited use of nuclear weapons, to the complete destruction of the planet's surface. Various former government officials, politicians, authors, and military leaders including James Woolsey , [13] Alexandre de Marenches , [14] Eliot Cohen , [15] and Subcomandante Marcos [16] have attempted to apply the labels of the "Third World War" and "Fourth World War" to various past and present global wars since the closing of the Second World War, for example, the Cold War and the War on Terror, respectively.

Among these are former American, French, and Mexican government officials, military leaders, politicians, and authors. Despite their efforts, none of these wars are commonly deemed world wars. The Second Congo War — involved nine nations and led to ongoing low-intensity warfare despite an official peace and the first democratic elections in It has often been referred to as "Africa's World War".

The two world wars of the 20th century had caused unprecedented casualties and destruction across the theaters of conflict. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. War involving the major global states.

For the miniseries, see The World Wars miniseries. For the conflict that was referred to as the World War before the start of the second war, see World War I.

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Little Brown. In the s and s conventional wisdom held that the population of the entire hemisphere in was little more than 8,,—with fewer than 1,, people living in the region north of present-day Mexico. Today, few serious students of the subject would put the hemispheric figure at less than 75,, to ,, with approximately 8,, to 12,, north of Mexico. Westergaard, Harald ed. Clarendon Press.

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Boulder, CO: Westview Press. William B. Scott , Michael J. Coumatos , William J. Michael J. Coumatos is a former U. Navy test pilot, ship's captain, and commodore; U. Space Command director of wargaming; and a government counterterrorism advisor. William Scott is a retired bureau chief of Aviation Week and Space Technology and a nine-year Air force veteran who served as aircrew on nuclear sampling missions.

Birnes, these renowned experts have joined forces to grippingly depict how the first hours of World War III might play out in the year Coumatos, Scott, and Birnes take the reader inside U.