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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

Post World War II how did the world avoid a Third World war?

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  • larry1
    Lv 6
    2 months ago
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    Because of... MAD...that is, Mutual Assured Destruction.....Without that the communist dictatorships would've taken over and killed the whole world by now. With the USA nuclear arsenal of about 5,000 nuke warheads we avoided the 3rd world war and as the USA we can still blast this entire planet out of space and existence if we ever wanted to. 

  • 2 months ago

    Basically, because... 

    “I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein.

  • 2 months ago

    Presntly major world economies are trying their hands on Economic Sanctions ,  Technological Superiority , Hacking and some Cold War tactics !

  • 2 months ago

    It wasn't for the lack of trying.                        

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  • 2 months ago

    MAD   mutually assured destruction  aka nukes

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Two basic reasons - nuclear deterrence and the establishment of the United Nations. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Well within ten years of WWII all the major world powers (except Germany and Japan if they could still be considered ones) had nukes.  That rendered conflict between any of them pointless.  The Cold War, which was the geopolitical conflict which followed WWII, was between the US and the USSR, both of which eventually had more than enough nukes to totally wipe out their opponent.  If that's the case then you're not going to go to war. 

  • 2 months ago

    Stalin got The Bomb, ushering in the age of "Mutually-assured Destruction."  The worst-case scenario in war went from "defeat" to "total annihilation" and the "rewards" of "total victory" became the inheritance of a smoldering, uninhabitable ruin.

    Since then war has become something that is "managed" rather than something to be "won," with "Big Picture" thinking focused less on victory and more on risk management and maintaining the profitability of the nuclear powers.

  • Scott
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Nuclear weapons made a Third World war unwinable.

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