Daniel Halliday
Jul 23 · Last update 3 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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The importance of media freedom
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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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The importance of media freedom

The freedom of the press was suppressed in Nazi Germany via Goebbels’ Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda agency. This guaranteed that every news story, book, play, piece of music or even film would have to approved directly by the Nazi government, this reduced the media to nothing more than a propaganda machine, and solidified Hitler's cult of personality. German citizens were therefore kept ignorant of reality, while the Nazi party carried out some of the worst crimes against humanity ever committed. According to groups like Reporters Without Borders more than a third of the world's populations still live in an area with no press freedom today.

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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 corruption, violence and the abuse of human rights.

There are currently 49 dictatorships and/or authoritarian regimes in the world and many of them are responsible for either violence or corruption in their own country or internationally. All on going conflicts and most ongoing cases of human rights abuse around the world occur under the protection of an authoritarian regime. Nationalism in freer countries is also feeding into a migrant crisis internationally, and slowing or halting the preservation of humane conditions for many refugees fleeing war, conflict or persecution.

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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 corruption, violence and the abuse of human rights.
The devastating power of the atomic bomb, disarmament is more important now than ever

When looking back at the Second World War we should not 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.

At the time of writing this, nine countries are thought to have nuclear weapons around the world, possessing around 15,000 atomic bombs in total. Russia and the US have about 1,800 of these nuclear bombs in a high-alert status, ready to be launched at any given moment. Furthermore, nuclear weapon technology has progressed far beyond the two weapons used in the Second World War, some modern nuclear weapons are several times more powerful and are able to unleash an unimaginable devastating force.

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At the time of writing this, nine countries are thought to have nuclear weapons around the world, possessing around 15,000 atomic bombs in total. Russia and the US have about 1,800 of these nuclear bombs in a high-alert status, ready to be launched at any given moment. Furthermore, nuclear weapon technology has progressed far beyond the two weapons used in the Second World War, some modern nuclear weapons are several times more powerful and are able to unleash an unimaginable devastating force.
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.

Teaching it as a victory or as a loss will just feed a nationalistic narrative, which can grow as children enter adulthood and forget some of the finer, horrific details of the war. Naturally over time they will just take the overall message as simply a victory, or a loss. Thoughts of revenge, superiority or inferiority are all that’s reinforced. The reality of war is actually far more horrifying and there is a generation of people that are completely removed from that and talk about death in war casually as they have been miseducated and are constantly exposed to death in foreign areas in the mass media.

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Teaching it as a victory or as a loss will just feed a nationalistic narrative, which can grow as children enter adulthood and forget some of the finer, horrific details of the war. Naturally over time they will just take the overall message as simply a victory, or a loss. Thoughts of revenge, superiority or inferiority are all that’s reinforced. The reality of war is actually far more horrifying and there is a generation of people that are completely removed from that and talk about death in war casually as they have been miseducated and are constantly exposed to death in foreign areas in the mass media.
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