The Norwegian resistance that kept Hitler from getting nuclear weapons, the Bretton Woods Conference, the Crimean War

Fareeha Arshad
Germany was very close to building the atomic bomb — which would have changed the course of historyPhoto by Science in HD on Unsplash

The world, as we see it today, is a marriage of events that happened and the ones that didn’t. Fallen empires, lost wars, forgotten heroes, and unexpected decisions in history have shaped the present we live in. Though we celebrate many events from history and remember many historic idols, there are events from the past that do not get enough credit as they deserve. Let’s look at some of such historical coincidences that played a significant role in our existence in the present times.

1. The Norwegian resistance

Deuterium oxide is a chemical that generates plutonium, which is used during the development of nuclear weapons.

Since 1934, a powerplant in Norway produced massive amounts of deuterium oxide per year. It was the world’s first to make this chemical in such large quantities. In 1940, when the Allied forces realized that the Germans were developing a nuclear weapon, they shook hands with the Norwegian resistance groups and nudged them to destroy these power plants.

Within the next four years, the entire supply of deuterium oxide was completely sabotaged. This way, the Germans failed to acquire the primary raw material to develop their nuclear weapons, despite having some of the best scientists at the time.

Had it not been for this Norwegian resistance, the Germans with their nuclear weapons would have changed the course of history.

2. The Bretton Woods Conference
A display of flags of all the nations at the Monetary Conference in 1944Wikimedia Commons

In the post World War Two world of 1944, when the families were grieving from being torn apart, thousands of civilians were mourning the death of their loved ones, and the countries were struggling to keep their citizens together, a meeting was held at New Hampshire.

This meeting was to bring the countries to a common ground to prevent any further actions that would harm world peace. More than 700 representatives from the forty-four Allied nations bore witness to this agreement. This was also when the International Monetary Fund was established, and the exchange rates were discussed to encourage international trade among these countries.

3. The Crimean War
Image of Crimean War Battle (1854)Wikimedia Commons

In 1854, three mighty empires — the French, the British, and the Ottoman empires — stood against the Russian empire in the Crimean War. Despite winning the war, the Ottomans were in debt to the English and the French; and for the next sixty years, they were unable to pay back the loans.

During the first World War, the Ottomans decided to side with the Germans, hoping that any existing loan would be cleared after they won. However, the Germans lost the war, and this led to the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Unable to pay back the debt, the empire was split into numerous smaller nations cleaning the Middle East as we know it today.

There are several such incidences in history that changed the world as we see today. What are some of such other historical facts you know that changed the course of history? Do let us know in the comments section.

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