WWI and WWII: The Impact
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The assassination of a duke ignited WWI. Serbia and Austria-Hungary’s slight conflict drew a long chain of country alliances and treaties. Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire battled against Great Britain, Russia, America, and France to determine not only the rightest but also the strongest. Germany left the long fight with nothing to spare but a ruined country and a broken economy, in other words Germany and its allies lost the war, while the other countries against them won the war, but lost the people. WWII took the same shape, only was ignited by the rising of Fascism, a deadly new regime, led by Hitler, who later killed himself of shame and depression a few days before Germany lost again. Germany and its allies suffered the same fate in WWII. After reading two historical fictions that took the two wars and digested them with a mix of drama and fiction, I noticed a few differences and flaws.
WWI and WWII: The Impact
In 1350, Black Death, a fatal disease and the most devastating pandemics in human history, killed 80 million people in a few years. The estimated human population in 1300’s was 450 million. Black Death wiped out an incredible 60% of the European population; it later took Europe 200 years to recover. Who ever thought that in 5 centuries, man will create a new deadly plague one whose weapons aren’t viruses but machine guns and bombshells? Well no one knew that until July 1914, when Austria-Hungary declared war on good old Serbia. This seemingly small conflict between two countries spread rapidly: soon, Germany, Russia, Great Britain, and France were all drawn into the war, largely because they were involved in treaties that obligated them to defend certain other nations. Western and eastern fronts quickly opened along the borders of Germany and Austria-Hungary. How did it all the start, I mean there’s always a spark! Austria-Hungary and Serbia didn’t initially declare war out of the blues; it was one man, Gavrilo Princip. Militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism played major roles in the conflict as well. The immediate origin of the war, however, was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (the Archduke of Austria Hungary) and his wife Sophie by Gavrilo Princip, an irredentist Serb. Somewhat ironically, the spark that set it all off was the assassination that nobody really cared about. So why go to war over an assassination, if nobody cared (sounds mad huh?)? Because, while nobody seemed to much care about the assassination itself, sneaky Austria-Hungary had been looking for an excuse to wage a war against Serbia as a state in order to weaken or destroy them so as to take back territory in the Balkans, but they also needed Germany’s support, without it, they feared Russia too much, because of the treaty Russia had with Serbia (here is another detail that clearly highlights the fact that without this chain of alliances, WWI wouldn’t have happened, it would have just been a Hungary-Austria against Serbia war.) So, Although the series of events unleashed by the assassination started the war, the war's origins go deeper, involving national politics, cultures, economics, and a complex web of alliances and counterbalances that had developed between the various European powers since 1870. At this point, the following general series of events happened due to a variety of existing treaties between various nations, which escalated this minor clash into the first “Great War”. So here’s how it went: Russia bound by their treaty with Serbia decides to come to Serbia’s aid. Germany, with the recent treaty with Austria-Germany, declares war on Russia .France, bound by an existing treaty with Russia, now is at war with Germany by association. Germany then invades Belgium to have easy access to France. Britain, allied to France with an existing treaty, declares war against Germany. Britain also had a...
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