The World War I Was The First Man Made Catastrophe Of The Twentieth Century

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The World War I had many negative effects on the world including the World War II, the birth of atomic bombs, and the Cold War. One positive effect though was the advancement in the field of space exploration. World War I, the first man-made catastrophe of the twentieth century, lasted four years, from July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918. The war had two sides; the Central Powers and the Allied Powers. The Central Powers included Austria-Hungary, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire, while the Allied powers were comprised of Serbia, Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Japan, and later the United States. During the four years of the war, more than nine million soldiers died and 21 thousand were wounded. When the Allied Powers defeated the Central Powers, they made the Treaty of Versailles to maintain peace. The Treaty of Versailles eventually led to a more devastating war, the World War II. The treaty stated that Germany had to claim full responsibility for the war, pay money for the war damages, limit the size of their military, and give away parts of their land. The German delegates were forced to sign it infuriating the Germans who felt betrayed by their delegates for signing the treaty. Adolf Hitler, a German politician, claimed that he would make Germany a better place and defeat the Allies. All the Germans saw him as a ray of hope and stood behind him. When Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany, he began to rebuild Germany 's army defying the Treaty of Versailles. He…

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