There were multiple causes to World War II and it is difficult to pin point which cause had the greatest impact of the creation of the war, though most would agree that Adolf Hitler’s involvement throughout the years leading up to World War II was one of the greatest causes of the war and Hitler was involved in multiple causes of World War II. However, Hitler is not the only cause of the war. The failure of appeasement, the Treaty of Versailles, the failure of the League of Nations, as well as financial depression also caused World War II to occur. All of these causes ultimately created devastation for the world with the creation of World War II. One cause to World War II was Hitler’s invasion of Poland, which caused Great Britain to declare war on Germany, and thus was the beginning of a war that would destroy more land and lives than any other war that had occurred before it.
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World War I, seen as the greatest war, caused a problem for American neutrality. No matter how much America wanted to stay out of the conflict in Europe, Germany seemed to be pulling America in like a black hole. America entered World War I for several reasons that angered the public and government. The Lusitania, the Zimmerman Telegram, and the Sussex pledge helped the Allies gain a new member due to Germany being a handful. The first big commotion for the coming of war, the Lusitania’s sinking, created unrest.
Many historians are unsure about which country is most to blame for the outbreak of war, but one important and very outstanding factor seemed to be na... ... middle of paper ... ... a devastating environment within Germany that led to the creation of a monster of German aggression that the Treaty was attempting to stop forever. The restrictions that were placed on Germany led to economic collapse, a pitiful government, despair, and humiliation. The environment that the Treaty of Versailles created in Germany bred Hitler and his Nazi party, and made it all that much easier for him to amass a large fallowing. If the delegations at the Paris Peace Conference had been more concerned with promoting future peace, rather than punishing Germany, World War II may have been avoided, however it lent itself to the inevitability of World War II because it gave Germany a reason to rebel against the rest of the world, and had no measures to stop it when it did. The Treaty of Versailles blatant mishandling of Germany led directly to the onset of World War II.
In conclusion, Germany had many complaints about the Treaty of Versailles. Most of the complaints made are justified such as the 'reparations' being ridiculously too much and 'war guilt clause' was also very unrealistic blaming Germany for the whole of the war. However, some of Germans objections were not justified, such as military restrictions, as the Allies have just been involved in a war and had to reduce the threat imposed by Germany. All in all the Treaty of Versailles was generally too harsh on Germany, but some of the terms were justified.
Many argue that the United States entered the war for ulterior motives others remember its involvement as a necessity in order to prevent a more catastrophic outcome. Whether one remembers the war because they lived it or because they read about it differences of opinions still exist regardless of historical evidence or witness accounts. In the article, “The Second World War in U. S. History and Memory” by Mark A. Stoler, the author addresses the differences between history and the memory of the war. The author discusses how historical hindsight of World War II drastically transformed the United Stated. Yet, during that time Americans misunderstood those transformations which resulted in them failing to comprehend what actually occurred was that their memory of the war diverged sharply from historical reality (Stoler, 2001).
Stephane Audouin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker take a different approach in 14-18: Understanding the Great War. They offer a new way of understanding World War I with a focus on the three aspects of the war that they consider most often overlooked by other historians: the horrific violence of the war, the war as a crusade, and the overwhelming grief felt as a result of the war. They use these aspects to provide a complete understanding of the war and to show how it made subsequent conflicts possible. Their method of research and writing is different as well. They display an obvious awareness of over reliance on and lack of analysis of many primary sources used by historians.
They had lost much territory and now were practically in debt for the damages which they had done during the war (1). These countries figured that the only way for them to get out of economic depression and revive their country was to take land from other countries, which was one of the reasons why the war began. The main countries which were involved in World War II were Germany, Japan, and Italy, which were known as the Axis Coalition, against the United States, the Soviet Union, and many other countries. Overall World War II was seen as the most devastating war in human history. Each country had different types of weaponry and artillery which proved to be vital in the result of the war (World War 1).
Second to be overlooked was France, still highly intimidated and insecure of a Germany that it wanted to see completely annihilated and rendered powerless. Lastly, was the Central powers, angry and cheated over their extremely harsh punishments. Thus the founders of the Paris Peace Treaties, despite doing their best to form a way to peace and betterment for Europe, managed to make a great deal of unanticipated oversights in their quest for harmony. The continent of Europe was composed of legions of different ethnic groups that at the end of World War I caused many problems for the treaty drawers of Paris. Even Wilson himself confessed that there were far many more ethnic groups in Europe than he at first realized- most of them seeking their own personal independence.