Even though the First World War had a significant impact on the twentieth century, World War II was more important. The end of World War II determined the division of the global community preserved for decades.
It set the political context in international relationships and had a significant impact on the economic development of countries. The end of World War II marked the beginning of the emergence of the new globalized political and economic community and determined the most influential states.
The end of World War II established a new balance of power in the Western world. The United States and the Soviet Union have become significant players in the international arena, and their ideological opposition led to the Cold War that started later.
Europe was divided into Western and Eastern parts that began to live according to different ideologies. It is possible to talk about the opposition between communism and capitalism, in this case, that the United States and the Soviet Union represented.
Subsequent events in world history show that both Soviet and American governments tried to popularize their ideologies in other countries. It was a long rivalry for dividing the spheres of interest into political, ideological, and economic questions that the Soviet Union and the United States started.
To conclude, World War II set the tendencies for the political development of all states for the next decades. It makes this world war critical in the history of the development of all countries because the world became more global after the 1950s. In general, it was impossible to stay neutral in the division of power that happened between communist and capitalist political blocks.
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