Wars, inventions, medical discoveries…are just some of the things that made the world very different.
Although there are many events that have an influence on the development of the humanity, these 7 are those that undoubtedly left the greatest impact.
The life of Jesus
Whether you are Christian or not, you can not deny that the life of Jesus have an impact on the general history. For example, on the calendar we use today, Jesus has a direct impact. Jesus lived in Israel and had never traveled more than a few days away from his hometown. A few years later he expanded his teaching outside his homeland and began to make problems in the powerful Rome. However, over the time, Christianity was accepted by the Roman rulers, who enabled us to spread even more. Today, the Christianity is the largest religion in the world. Jesus raised a “religious atomic bomb” that we can feel it today.
World War I
World War I (1914-1918) or also called the Great War. No one at that time could neither imagine anything worse. Historian George Kennan said that “all roads led to the First World War.” After all, the causes of World War II were requested in the first, where so many things left unfinished, but also a lot of hatred was build up under the surface. The humiliation of Germany at the end of the First World War started the movement toward the Second World War. The hate that many Germans felt led to the election of Hitler, the creation of concentration camps and the fall of France, Poland and many other countries.
World War II
This is one of the few wars that literally engulfed most of the world. The scars of these six years of war we see till this day. The world lost millions of lives, hundreds of thousands of families were forever destroyed, many lost their loved ones and had to look for a new home. The conflict ended with the fall of Nazi Germany led by Adolf Hitler and the Allied victory – the end of the crazy idea that Hitler represented.
There is almost no other invention that could be called more “influential” than the printing press which Gutenberg invented in 1440. Prior to this monumental discovery, books were copied by hand. Monks and other scholars spent hours and hours on the sun or on poor light at night to copy religious texts, literature and official documents. Back then it took a year to copy a single book. When Gutenberg’s invented the printing suddenly the whole world changed dramatically. Suddenly, everyone had their own copy of the religious records. Political pamphlets grew so and began to have a stronger impact on the people as never before. Learning ceased to be a privilege of the rich and the books began to be available to everyone.
The attack on the World Trade Center
The four planes that were hijacked by terrorists on the 11th September 2001 resulted in huge devastation for New York, but the attack on the World Trade Center changed the whole world. After this, came the invasion of Afghanistan by the US and the war in Iraq in 2003 – which was interpreted as a fight against terrorism and authoritarian regimes that pose a threat to the world security. They have transformed the way people react to terrorism, and the financial losses incurred due to the closed trade for six days have changed the direction of the world economy.
The medical revolution
Imagine a world without medical assistance or without doctors…frightening. That is how was in the past and epidemics took more lives than anything else. The discovery of penicillin has saved more lives than the discovery of an apparatus for treatment of water (if you thought that this is a significant discovery). The vaccines prevented the human race to be cut off at the time when it was believed that smallpox is punishment for the wicked people. So, life without medical revolution would never be what it is today.
The Industrial Revolution began around 1760 the year in England – but it was not just an explosion of new technological inventions, press and new ideas based on logic – but the whole operation to liberate humanity from feudalism. The consequences of the Industrial Revolution were applied in other parts of Europe, so the French Revolution also in small measure helped to abolish feudalism. Health, transportation and technology that we have today would not be here if our ancestors did not rise the industrial revolution and does not lead it to the heart of the world.