Were World War 2 Separate Wars

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Were WWI & WWII separate wars or does WWII seem to be a continuation of WWI? One could make the argument that World War II was just a continuation of World War I, despite the fact a very late one. Approximately twenty years separated the two but the effects of World War I unquestionably contributed to the starting of World War II such as the -- Treaty of Versailles -- and the search for thorough ideas (Fascism and communism) due to the terrible conditions of different countries after the Great War. Publically however, the two wars are considered separate conflicts. On the other hand, it could be argued that, unless you exterminate everyone on one side, the end of a war always leaves "unfinished business" that are the seeds of the next…show more content…
The war took place in Europe as its battle grounds. It started with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary in the year 1914 during his travels to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia. Bosnia was in the very south-east corner of the Austrian empire and some people there wanted to be independent from Austria and set up their own state which could run itself. Franz Ferdinand had been warned that his visit could provoke trouble but he ignored this advice and visited Sarajevo regardless. As was common at the time, he travelled in an open topped car. Exactly one month following the assassination, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. The war divided Europe into two armed camps - on one side was the Triple Alliance made up of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy, and their enemy was the Triple Entente of France, Russia and Great Britain. As other countries began to join sides, the Triple Alliance became known as the Central Powers and the Triple Entente became the Allied Forces. The United States attempted to remain neutral and was a proponent for the rights of neutral states. Isolationist foreign policy was encouraged by Congress's apprehensions about giving other countries a political door into US policies and the cultural melting pot of the United States' population. In spite of these factors, the United States did enter World War I, as a result of several events. In 1917 upon the participation of…show more content…
The economic boom cause by World War I exposed weaknesses in the global economy which collapsed, causing the “Great Depression”, allowing more extreme politics to come around, and the stronger countries unable to stop it. On the other hand some would argue that what set the stage for World War II started with the treaty that ended World War I. Germany was forced to pay hefty reparations that crippled her economically. Making it nearly impossible for a country to succeed through peaceful means. With that being said World War One caused Germany to get into a great debt because they were left responsible for the damages made in World War One. In result Hitler began to rise up in his vengeful and expansionist plans for Germany. He was able to play on German resentment of the terms imposed by the Treaty of Versailles. He was helped also by another proposal, by promising those in poverty great jobs and riches causing many Germans and allies to follow Hitler into his racist and prejudices ways. Allied with the Empire of Japan, Italy and several other countries Adolf Hitler, in control of Nazi Germany began to dominate and gain control of Europe, and later, the world. Unlike World War One, The second War used the entire world as its battlefield. In early 1939 Hitler had successfully taken control over Austria and Czechoslovakia. At this point Britain and France had signed a peace
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