What are some examples of conflicts that have led to devastating effects?Ive thought of the Hiroshima bombings....are there any others that may have no clean closures? Thankyou and your help is...

What are some examples of conflicts that have led to devastating effects?

Ive thought of the Hiroshima bombings....are there any others that may have no clean closures? Thankyou and your help is appreciated :)

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous posts were all very accurate.  I would say that religious conflicts in different parts of the world could constitute as possessing devastating effects.  We can go back to the Crusades and the imposition of religious beliefs on one group of people on another.  In other examples, the conflict between Hindus and Muslims have represented some of the most devastating realities the world has seen.  On a less violent front, the conflict that has arisen from fear might reflect some ideologically disastrous results.  For example, the Red Scare that gripped America after both World Wars did not measure on the loss of life as the others mentioned, but I think that it proved to be a dark moment for democracy.  There was not a significant loss of life, but the conflict that arose out of the fear of Communism helped to do some terrible things to American citizens in terms of slander, accusation, and loss of stability in lifestyle.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think you could find a lot of material as well if you looked at the following conflicts:

-The "settlers" in the United States vs. the Native American population.  If you look at the results of our forcing them onto reservations and the subsequent degradation of their culture and lifestyle, you might find some pretty ugly consequences.

-You could take a close look at the end of WWII and though it is a war we often think had some closure, etc., it would be very straightforward to make arguments about the lasting consequences in so many places, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, etc. there are plenty of devestating effects to discuss.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Outside of things like wars (of which there have been so many that you could mention), you could think about conflicts within countries that have had devastating effects on the people of those countries.

Just a few examples:

  • The Cultural Revolution of China.  This was something of a conflict between the Red Guards --- the more ardent communists -- and people who were deemed to be insufficiently communist.
  • The Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.  Millions died when the government tried to push the country back to being a wholly agrarian economy.
  • The Hutu-Tutsi genocide in Rwanda.
  • The separatist movements that split what used to be Yugoslavia and continue to cause problems in places like Kosovo.

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