Our world today is in constant change due to the introduction and upgrading of military technology. The idea of improving social well being in our societies, such as improving communication and transportation introduced by the military technology advancement, was a huge positive leap in our society. The invention of telephone and telegram in 19th century has enhanced modern life. And, in early 19th century, no one would have known the possibilities and capabilities of telephones, or having a global news network created by mere communicating phones. No one would have realized in 19th century, the capabilities and the potential power of simplified lives due to technology. In a way, technology productivity had lead to greater educational systems, improved comfortable life styles, and higher healthcare qualities. However, now, in 20th century, technology had integrated into our society’s system. We are too dependent on technology, and technology became the norm.
In today’s society, we are warped in sense of reality. The pace at which military technology is accelerating is ever so fast, that we cannot put a numerical value to its speed, nor can we predict the consequences of military technological growth. However, this was not the case back in the period of American Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary War was the first battle carrying the title of the “first ever victory won by the Americans” (Wright). The American Revolutionary War lasted from 1775-1783 [note the years of the war]. In 1700’s main weapons used during the wars were: “muskets, pistols, swords, and cannons” (Wright). It would be a mistake to deny 1700’s military technological growth. Past developments may not have focused on drones and high technological electronic machines, but the introductions of weaponry, like cannons and pistols, have introduced the growth of military technology. And, the lack of knowledge in science and shortfalls of military technology’s growth, and the inadequacy of weapons, lead to less deaths in war zones compared to World War II death rates.
When comparing the military technology history between Revolutionary War and World War II, we can see an evident spike in military power growth. And, the effect of military weaponry changes from the past defends the alarming rate our military technology is headed towards in creating soldiers, like robots. In American Revolutionary War, there were no machines used in the era of 1700’s. However, unlike the American Revolutionary War, the World War II used high-powered guns and nuclear bombs that caused more deaths and harms than compared to that of American Revolutionary War period. Also, there was a major change in history from World War II. The women became accepted into the role call of war. In the American Revolutionary War, the American men were willing to serve the country, to help seize freedom under from the English Parliament (Martin 173). However, in World War II (WWII), there were outnumbered death rates versus the men drafted for military that the concept of volunteering to head for war has diminished (“American History in Video”). Instead, most of the WWII men were required to serve, and left the women to play a major role in war. The shortage of military men brought about the idea and concept of Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon representing the women who worked in factories to make weapons for the soldiers.
Women’s role call into war can be an evidence in proving the soldiers’ death rate differences in two wars: the American Revolutionary War versus the World War II. There were considerably less soldiers’ death rates in the American Revolutionary War due to lack of military technology deviation. However, in World War II, because we had more access to military technology, the more tragic the death rates became, and more likely the soldiers would die from the exposures of machine guns and nuclear bombs. If we solely compared the numbers of death caused by the military technological growth, specifically weaponry growth, we can state that not all changes were for the better. Even though military’s weapon revolution had brought victory overall in a war, but these advancements caused more harm than good. World War II was the start of military’s advanced technological development, and the main cause to blame for our soldiers’ attitudes and their intellectuals to diminish and slowly becoming robots.