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A Comparison Of World War I And World War Ii

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A Comparison of World War I and World War II World War I and World War II, while started by much of the same
worldwide tensions, had drastically different results because of the
much more destructive nature of World War II. Both world wars were
started, ultimately, by nationalism. World War I was set up by the
complex entanglement of alliances created by this newfound nationalism
and World War II, in many ways politically a continuation of World War
I, began as Germany’s nationalistic aspirations forced it to break the
rules set down at the end of the first world war at the Treaty of
Versailles and the other European nations were not able to quickly put
down Hitler’s Germany. On the other hand, while the first world war
only rearranged the European powers and created a superficial feeling
of peace, World War II created more long-lasting changes by decreasing
the power of European nations giving way toward the independence of
European colonies.

World War I began with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the
Austrian prince heir to the throne, who, on a worldwide scale, was not
a very important figure. Yet the complex system of alliances forced
the world into war as it had never seen before, only to be outdone
after only twenty years of peace, by a second world war, caused in
many ways by the unfinished business of World War I. Nationalism was
center to both of the causes of these wars. Nationalism gave nations a
need to build great armies and defend their land with great
enthusiasm. When Germany became too powerful, other European nations
felt the need to stop this expanding power, starting World War I.
Germany lost, and was forced to sign the Treaty of Versailles losing
huge amounts of land, military forces, money and more, as well as
taking the blame for the war. Although causing...

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