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What are the negative and positive effects of war?

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shahmir98 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2012 at 3:57 PM via web

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What are the negative and positive effects of war?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM (Answer #1)

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The negative effects of war are, of course, death and destruction.  Millions can die in big wars like WWII.  Cities can be devastated, hurting a country’s economy.  These things cause terrible human misery.

There are, however, also possible positive effects of war.  War can correct terrible injustices.  For example, the US Civil War caused an end to slavery in that country.  World War II ended the Holocaust.  Wars can also lead to technological advances that help society.  One instance of this is the development of air travel after WWII, which was strongly influenced by the wartime development of large, long-range bombers.   

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