History of Modern Wars - Interesting or Not?
I mean, all of us had to know something about the biggest wars - WWI and WWII for our History classes - but were you interested to know more about other wars of 20th century?
I'm very interested in WW1. I started researching more about it when I began finding out about three of my great-uncles who died in the war and looking into the lives of the men listed on my local war memorial. I have an interest in WWII, but I haven't studied it so much. Wish I had more time!
As for other wars, I know a little about Vietnam and Korea, but not very much. Yes, would like to know more, but it's finding time.
About every 50 years, the U.S. government releases documents pertaining to the last few wars. (Those from about 50 years ago). Remember, it was in the late 1980s that we learned about ULTRA, the big computer/enemy-code secret from WW2. Eventually we will have enough documents to find a great interest in the wars of the last 25 years or so. In 200 years, who knows, WW2 might seem small and unimportant!
I have always thought of them as a continuation of World Wars One and Two. The US has been expanding westward since the 1800s. After, through our "Manifest Destiny", we reached California and the Pacific Ocean, we next acquired Alaska and Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. We went even further west until we hit the Spanish Territory of the Philippines and Guam. We took those from Spain in 1898. At that point, we controlled most of the Pacific Rim. Only the Empire of Japan stood in our way as a regional threat. By 1945, we also had garrisoned Japan, eastern China, Samoa, Taiwan, and we were trying to control Southeast Asia. Our westward expansion was finally stopped dead in 1975 when we lost the Vietnam War. Now the focus is on moving eastward from our sphere of influence in Europe to control the Middle East. But since we are being stopped dead in Afghanistan now, our hopes of controlling Central Asia may never come to pass.
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