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Daniel Halliday
Jul 23 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
What can we learn from the Second World War?
With a resurgence of nationalism being seen world wide, is there still lessons to be learned from World War Two?
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We need to remember what nationalism leads to when taken to an extreme
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The devastating power of the atomic bomb, disarmament is more important now than ever
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Nationalism has resurfaced recently, fuelled by a long-standing miseducation of the Second World War
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We need to remember what nationalism leads to when taken to an extreme

Despite all that happened around the time of the Second World War the monumental level of benevolent violence and depravity that occurred remain the most shocking acts of history. Most of these atrocities happened under the guise of extreme political ideology (or rhetoric) either extreme nationalism or communism. The extremes of any political doctrine have lead to one route, time and time again, and that is genocide. This lesson needs to not be forgotten.

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The devastating power of the atomic bomb, disarmament is more important now than ever

When looking back at the Second World War we should get too lost in details or try to draw too many comparisons to the modern day. The real destructive force that was unleashed during the World War Two was that of weapons of mass destruction. The atomic bomb was first tested during this catastrophic war, but nuclear weapons now number in there thousands internationally.

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Nationalism has resurfaced recently, fuelled by a long-standing miseducation of the Second World War

The concentration on the subject of “victory” when teaching children about the Second World War while neglecting some of the harsher details of the war has lead to a new generation of nationalistic adults. The real message of war should be the horrible loss of life that was happening before the war and the horrible loss of life that happened as a process of fighting that. These are the only two messages and areas that should be taught in school and this is the message children should acquire from studying war.

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