World War II : The War I Essay examples

1024 Words Jul 19th, 2016 5 Pages
There appears to be two different ways of looking at the above statement. It can be argued that World War II was a continuation of World War I. Or, it could also be argued that World War II was not a continuation, but that World War I merely "set the stage" for World War II. After much consideration, there really is a fine line between these two situations. As there were many ways in which World War I actually led to World War II, this argument will take the position that "World War II was a continuation of World War I". In fact, it could be claimed that World War II was actually "Act II" of the Great War. Nevertheless, World War I definitely did set up many of the conflicts, alliances, and grievances that led to World War II.

Firstly, it appears that the severe terms of the Treaty of Versailles, which was led by the leaders of Britain, the United States, France, and Italy, may have been a major cause of World War II. The Treaty of Versailles meetings did not include the Central Powers. The Allied nations were eager to make the Central Powers make war reparations and worked out the terms without the involvement of the Central Powers. Perhaps this makes sense, in a simple way, that the winners of a war should decide the terms. However, perhaps more consideration should have been made and perhaps they should have included the Central Powers to continue the peace process. Consequently, as a result of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was forced to accept "war guilt" and pay…

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