Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What are causes of WWI and WWII?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    the Question asked CAUSES

    easy Causes of WW1 were the result of alliances the war was started with the Death of Some Arch Duke

    the cause of WW2 was Corporate USA who funded Hitler from 1924 in the Hope he would Go to war with the Bolsheviks WW2 was only started By Hitler

    Hitler and the people that put Hitler in Power cause WW2

    until 1933 the treaty was still in place and only hitler changed that By ignoring it

    No Hitler No WW2

  • 1 decade ago

    WWI was because all the countries joined sides and then this prince was assassinated and everyone started fighting.

    WWII was something about Germany.

  • Zarn
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The really short answers?

    Gavrilo Princip and the Shots in Sarajevo. The Treaty of Versailles. In order.

  • 1 decade ago

    Causes of WW1 -

    1. Mutual Defense Alliances

    Over time, countries throughout Europe made mutual defense agreements that would pull them into battle. Thus, if one country was attacked, allied countries were bound to defend them. Before World War 1, the following alliances existed:

    Russia and Serbia

    Germany and Austria-Hungary

    France and Russia

    Britain and France and Belgium

    Japan and Britain

    Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Russia got involved to defend Serbia. Germany seeing Russia mobilizing, declared war on Russia. France was then drawn in against Germany and Austria-Hungary. Germany attacked France through Belgium pulling Britain into war. Then Japan entered the war. Later, Italy and the United States would enter on the side of the allies.

    2. Imperialism

    Imperialism is when a country increases their power and wealth by bringing additional territories under their control. Before World War 1, Africa and parts of Asia were points of contention amongst the European countries. This was especially true because of the raw materials these areas could provide. The increasing competition and desire for greater empires led to an increase in confrontation that helped push the world into World War I.

    3. Militarism

    As the world entered the 20th century, an arms race had begun. By 1914, Germany had the greatest increase in military buildup. Great Britain and Germany both greatly increased their navies in this time period. Further, in Germany and Russia particularly, the military establishment began to have a greater influence on public policy. This increase in militarism helped push the countries involved to war.

    4. Nationalism

    Much of the origin of the war was based on the desire of the Slavic peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina to no longer be part of Austria Hungary but instead be part of Serbia. In this way, nationalism led directly to the War. But in a more general way, the nationalism of the various countries throughout Europe contributed not only to the beginning but the extension of the war in Europe. Each country tried to prove their dominance and power.

    5. Immediate Cause: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    The immediate cause of World War I that made all the aforementioned items come into play (alliances, imperialism, militarism, nationalism) was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. In June 1914, a Serbian nationalist assassinated him and his wife while they were in Sarajevo, Bosnia which was part of Austria-Hungary. This was in protest to Austria-Hungary having control of this region. Serbia wanted to take over Bosnia and Herzegovina. This assassination led to Austria-Hungary declaring war on Serbia. When Russia began to mobilize due to its alliance with Serbia, Germany declared war on Russia. Thus began the expansion of the war to include all those involved in the mutual defense alliances.

    Causes of WW2 - a. Hitler’s Aims

    To unite German speaking people (using NSD which had been denied at the Treaty of Versailles.

    He wanted lebensraum (living space) in order to gain self-sufficiency (autarky)

    He wanted to dominate Europe and the World

    To achieve any of these aims would involve breaking the Treaty of Versailles (28/6/1919), and this could lead to war.

    b. The aggression of Hitler’s Allies

    Italy – Mussolini wanted a Fascist-Roman empire in the Mediterranean and Africa (e.g. Abyssinian invasion in 1935.)

    Japan – Japan wanted a Nipponese empire in the Pacific, extending into China and Australia (e.g. Manchurian invasion in 1931)

    Germany, Italy and Japan were hostile to Communism (USSR), and this way a cause of war and vice versa.

    c. Democratic powers were passive

    USA – Isolated

    France – France was unlikely, and reluctant, to intervene against Germany, because she could not rely on Britain’s and America’s support.

    Britain – Between 1934 and 1937, Britain was sympathetic to German recovery. Between May 1937 and March 1939, Britain appeased Germany.

    These powers could have stopped Fascist aggression earlier than 1939.

    d. The League of Nations failed to keep peace

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Folks being stupid...

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