World War II was one of the the most impactful war in history. World War II impacted Europe both during and after the war. World War II left a weakened economy in Europe. It left people suffering and families starving. And it caused significant controversy between European countries. World War II changed Europe in such a dramatic way that the continents next decade would be very controversial.
One of the most important things that World War II had an impact on was Europe’s economy. Because of money spent on weapons, soldiers, and medical equipment, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Soviet Union lost ¼ of their nations wealth. Not to mention the money spent to clean up the mess. Germany alone spent over 25 billion dollars on weapons. They spent over 25 billion on medical supplies and 50 million on vehicles. The Soviet Union easily doubled what Germany spent, making them lose lots of valuable money. France, the United Kingdom, and Italy also paid billions of dollars in World War II. The estimated total amount of money spent during World War II was $1,600,000,000,000 leaving Europe a whole lot less rich.
Another thing that WW2 had an effect on was the people of Europe. About 80 – 90 million people died in world war II. That includes civilians and soldiers. Peoples homes were destroyed. Nazi’s would kill people and then burn down their homes, making a large percentage of people in Europe homeless and weak. Farmers would no longer be able to work, because the Nazis would rip apart their land or use it for battle practice. The Nazi’s would occupy shops to store their weapons. They would close the stores, making lots of people go out of business. WW2 affected human rights of people, their living environment, and overall their general living condition.
The last major thing that WW2 affected was the relationship between countries. Europe became a very controversial continent after WW2. The alliance between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union began to deteriorate even before the war was over. Due to the rising tension in Europe and concerns over further Soviet expansion, American planners came up with a plan code-named Operation Dropshot in 1949. It considered possible nuclear war with the Soviet Union and its allies in order to counter a Soviet takeover of Western Europe, the Near East and parts of Eastern Asia that they anticipated would begin around 1957. In response, the U.S. would saturate the Soviet Union with atomic and high-explosive bombs, and then invade and occupy the country. The Soviet Union viewed these developments as “atomic blackmail. The U.S. sought to promote an economically strong and politically united Western Europe to counter the threat posed by the Soviet Union. This was a good plan but it would not be enough in the long run.
WW2 was very violent and gruesome. It changed Europe very much, but Europe is now very strong and back to normal.