World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, killing an estimated 50 to 85 million people from 1939 to 1945. The large-scale ways in which WWII changed the world are well-known: the Holocaust's decimation of Jewish people and culture, the use of atomic bombs on Japan, and the wide swath of death and destruction caused by the Axis powers in Europe. But there are also more indirect ways that WWII impacted modern society.
An investigation into how WWII shaped the modern world reveals that, much like during World War I, technological innovation flourishes during wartime. Inventions we still use today, such as modern computers, Super Glue, duct tape, and even Tupperware, were devised to support the war effort. Read on for more on how World War II changed the world in ways both large and small.