World War Two and the events that transpired between the years of 1939-1945 have been the subject of fascination for people around the world for more than seven decades now . Whether researching recreationally, or for otherwise prescribed school or university work… everyone, everywhere, knows a thing or two about the gruesome and grisly history that has pervaded the world and still has an impact today. I can’t help but wonder however, how it is possible that humans have changed so much in the last seventy-three years? Would these 18-year-old, social media addicted man-children that I see scrambling mindlessly onto public transport each day be able to fly planes, lead navy missions…. and strategize to ultimately save the life of millions…all in the name of defending their country? How did humans change so much? And is it a good thing?
In the space of just nine months in 1917 Russia underwent two revolutions, changing the country’s destiny forever. In February the Russian monarchy collapsed.
In October, squeezing out the moderate forces, the Bolsheviks seized power, leading to a bloody civil war. Subsequently, the Soviet government steered the country for 70 years.
In the early hours of April 26 1986, at a nuclear facility in Chernobyl, Ukraine, reactor number 4 exploded heaving ridiculous amounts of uranium, cesium, plutonium and tons of radioactive poisons over five kilometres into the atmosphere.
In the weeks following the disaster, numerous journalists attempted to gain access into the area in order to provide an insight into the extent of the disaster and just how devastating it really was. Soviet powers in Moscow however, had a different agenda for the area. “Everything is fine” they would proclaim, immediately adopting a “nothing-to-see-here” attitude and attempting to downplay a nuclear disaster which is said to have released 400 times more radioactive material into the atmosphere than “Little Boy” the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.