The War I And World War II Essay

1257 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
The twentieth century witnessed the two world wars that changed the world drastically. World War I and World War II are the two most prominent wars in history. They were both total wars that sought to change the international order with the goal to gain power. These two wars were willing to use every resource it took to come out victorious. Although both wars had different motives to enter the fight and both ended leaving a different legacy in the twentieth century in regard to the social, political, economic and cultural effects they do share a couple of similarities. Perhaps the most significant similarity is that these two wars are responsible for shaping international relations today.

The Great War was caused due to militarism, nationalism, imperialism and alliances. When Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated it prompted the allies to fight for these causes. The conflict was between the Central Powers which were Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey and the Allied Powers which were France, Britain, Russia, Italy, Japan and from 1917 the United States. When the U.S. entered the war and Germany 's alliance began to unravel Germany was on their own and the Allied forces became victors. World War I was unlike any previous war and completely changed warfare bringing a new reality regarding violence “74 million soldiers were mobilized and 6,000 persons were killed per day for 1500 days”. In total nine million died creating a lost generation of…

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