How did the end of WWII impact the countries of the Pacific Rim?

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Of course, the end of WWII impacted different Pacific Rim countries in different ways.  Let us look at three examples:

  • Japan was the most clearly impacted Pacific Rim country.  Its economy was completely devastated by the war and it was occupied the United States.  The occupation left Japan with a new constitution that completely changed its government and society.
  • The United States benefited from WWII (other than, of course, the immense loss of life).  The US emerged from the war as the most powerful and wealthiest country in the world.
  • Indonesia became independent largely as a result of the war.  The Dutch were easily pushed out of Indonesia during the war.  The Indonesians then resisted vigorously when the Dutch tried to return after the war.  This resistance led to the creation of an independent Indonesia soon after the war.

Of these three, only the Indonesian experience was shared by many other Pacific Rim countries.  Countries such as Vietnam, Korea, and the Philippines became independent after the war (of course, both Vietnam and Korea became split countries also to some extent as a result of the war).

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