World War II is in the history of the world as the deadliest conflict that claimed over seventy million lives. The war occurred between 1939 and 1945 and was characterized by participation of most nations including the world powers that formed great alliances and exercised military prowess. Socially, there was a lot of mistrust and animosity between the world powers. This contributed a great deal towards heightening tensions between the powers that eventually led to a global conflict. (Shaw, 2000)
In 1939 the British and the French declared war on Germany just two days after its invasion in Poland. The United States remained quiet though it continued to support Britain with supplies. Rationing is an important social event that was witnessed in Britain in 1940 as a result of the war.1941 was marked with the continued invasion of Russia by Hitler. The war took a global dimension with the arrival of Germans in North Africa.
The offensive nuclear operation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the war in 1945 has remained a major historic event that had devastating effects on the people of Japan. The military operation was undertaken by the United States during the Second World War. Socially, the bombing led to massive losses of human life. Nearly all civilians in cities such as Tokyo did no survive this military offensive. The effects of the atomic bombs are still being revealed in the population today.
After the war, there was a lot of destruction that had been done on property and human life. Most historians have estimated that nearly 60 million people lost their lives in the war. After the war, conflict still prevailed in many parts of the world. This is basically because of the great impact the war had on humanity. In countries such as China there were incidences of civil war as animosity between communists and nationalists heightened. Murray & Millet (2001).
In conclusion, it is worth mentioning that the Second World War had a negative social impact on humanity as witnessed by the massive loss of life. Mistrust and animosity was at its best as world powers and other nations demonstrated their military and economic capabilities.