The biggest single turning point in modern history was the dropping of the first atom bomb on Japan at the end of the Second World War, a new research has found.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 Britishers, the use of nuclear weapons to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki was more pivotal than a series of other milestones, including the events that sparked World War One and the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
The research found that more than one in four people rated the end of the Second World War and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 as the most significant.
According to the Daily Mail, the bombings in Japan represent the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date.
An estimated 150,000 to 220,000 people were killed in the two Japanese cities.
The research, commissioned by adult learning website Love to Learn, marks the release of a new online course exploring Turning Points in Modern History, the report said.
The research uncovers how the 50-plus generation perceived key events, spanning from the beginning of the First World War to the destruction of the World Trade Centre in 2001, it added.
"History is not just about isolated events. It's also about understanding their causes and evaluating their effects," the Turning Points in Modern History online course is led by history author John Child said.
"Some famous events accelerate the pace of change but other, more momentous turning points in history create a world which is very different than it was before," Child said.
"The fascinating thing about this course is that it creates a debate about how significant each of these famous events really was. People really enjoy arguing the case for their own view," he added.
According to the report, the vast majority of those who took part in the research believed the key turning points should be taught in schools.
More than three-quarters of people (77 per cent) said that the end of the Second World War and the dropping of the atomic bomb should be continued to be taught in History lessons in British schools, the report added. (ANI)