The Causes And Effects Of Wwi And Wwii Essay

2124 Words Apr 8th, 2016 9 Pages
In the words of Bertrand Russell, “War does not determine who is right - only who is left.” WWI and WWII were both effective and impactful wars that shook the world to its core, leaving an impression that will last for decades after its end. While both world wars contrast each other in different areas, it is undeniable they also share a number of resemblances to one another in terms of cause and effects, process of war, technology, and end results.
First off, the causes and effects of WWI and WWII. For WWI, the war was initiated due to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a man named Gavrilo Princip, a member of the Serbian nationalist group called the “Black Hand.” Austria-Hungary demanded Serbia arrested Princip and the Black Hand, but Serbia refused to do so. Due to this, Austria-Hungary obtained a “blank check” (a promise of unconditional support for whatever action Austria-Hungary might take to punish Serbia.) from Germany, who became their ally. When Serbia found out about this alliance, they contacted Russia, who became an ally to Serbia. On the other hand, WWII actually started due to the aftermath of WWI. After WWI, the Big Four, consisting of Great Britain, France, United States, and Italy, forced Germany to sign the Treaty of Versailles. To put it simply, the Treaty of Versailles forced Germany to take full blame of the war and to pay the reparations for it. German citizens were quite displeased with the treaty,…

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