Starting with the Second World War, several developments have shaped the contemporary Western world. The list is comprehensive, but would include World War Two; the Cold War; the economic, social and cultural development of the West; Soviet Communism’s course after WWII; the end of European Empire; American hegemony; the Unification of Europe and the contemporary opportunities and challenges facing western peoples and their global partners today. From this complex host of subjects, pick an element of one and discuss it and the perspective that it imparts.