The Tragedy in World War History
The Tragedy in World War History. If we take a look at the history of mankind, we could find that there were a lot of war happened between one nation and the others. However, there were only two big wars that were officially recognized as World War, World War I and World War II. Both of these massive wars, had left tragic legacy that still lives on until today.
World War I or First World War lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. It lasted for about four years and involved dozens of countries in that era. However, World War II or Second World War started on 1 September 1939 and ended on 2 September 1945. All of those World War, both World War I and World War II were began in Europe and expanded to other continents.
The Tragic Legacy of World War History
Largest Number of Casualties in Mankind History
The world war, both World War I and World War II had led to the most destructive, brutal, murderous act in mankind history. Both of the world wars are tragic and unnecessarily conflict that actually could be terminated before they become so big and so murderous.
In World War II history itself, there are more than 70 millions people worldwide involved in the war which was originated in the western country. This big war had caused number of casualties. Japan as one of the countries involved actively in the war, had half of its island population at that time, about 300,000 died in the war.
The total number of people died in World War II were actually more than that since the war was originated in Europe. More than 60 million people were died during six years of World War II, both from civilians and combatants. The number of people died at that time reached three percent of world’s population.
However the number of people died in World War I reached more than 20 million with 21 million wounded. Half of the total number of deaths includes civilians.
Famine and Various Diseases
War cause casualties not only from the battle itself, but from the impact of the war. For example, in World War II, the death toll increased to 80 million people worldwide because of extreme famine and various disease caused by the battle. In World War I, more than 474 thousands civilians in Germany were dead due to food shortages.
Ironically, most famine and various diseases issues which lead to massive deaths happened in peacetime. The massive famine in civilians caused malnutrition that weakened the immunity of the body toward disease. In Russia, up to 10 million people were died because of extreme starvation in 1921. All of these have become the tragic lesson we should learn from war.
Economic Downfall During and After the War
Economic is one of the aspects greatly affected by both World War I and World War II. During the world war, many industries were changed to produce ammunition and weapon. It caused the shortages in agricultural productivity and industrial. It led to economic downfall during the post – war period.