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What are the three most influential changes in Western society since the end of World War II?  

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This sort of list by its very nature can lead to overly simplistic and monolithic explanations of history and not every general claim will apply to every country or every decade.

Given those caveats, changes in gender roles have been quite dramatic in developed countries. In these countries, women can now hold property, get divorced, and have the right to equal treatment in the workforce and education. Although women have not caught up fully with male salaries, in most advanced economies, they match male rates of education and have increasingly close rates of labor force participation.

Two other gender and familial structures are gradually changing as well. The twentieth century marked a shift from extended to nuclear families as a basic household unit, with there also being a dramatic rise in single person and single parent households. This has changed the urban and suburban landscapes of many places. The growing acceptance of gay relationships and growth of gay marriage has also meant...

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yj24 | Student

1) Creation and proliferation of nuclear arms- The Soviet Union also wanted them

 

2) Failure to secure world peace despite the UN efforts

 

3) A more liberal society with new, rebellious values

bairdgran | Student

The Rev. Martin Luther King -his leadership and methods planted the idea in American minds - personal freedom, more liberal views of women, animals,environment, the Gay movement, and the acknowledgement of the basic human nature to single out and oppose those who are not like you.

Many relatively new laws and trends in our society have been radically changed, and yes, modern technology has helped.  Who doesn't remember this:

"I had a dream. . ."

Look it up and learn from it!

 

etotheeyepi | Student

I would say that the Internet is the one big change in the last half of the twentieth century.  It ranks with the printing press, the alphabet, and paper.

Three thing that make the Internet possible are lasers, integrated circuits, and titanium metallurgy.

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1) Globalization and new technology

2) creation of UN

3) Breakdown of old traditions