World War I Was The Most Important Event Of The 20th Century

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World War 1, named “The Great War” was the most important event of the 20th Century to me. The war started in 1914 and ended in 1918. The United States was not a nation ready for war in 1914. WW1 was ignited by the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand; he was heir to the throne to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Bound by the nationalism to help the small Serbian state, the Russians came to aid the Serbs when they were attacked. With all of this increasing arms, alliances, and hatred from way back when caused Europe to go into war. “The Triple Entente”, (known as the Allies) infiltrated the British Empire, France, and Russia. “The Central Powers” consisted of Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, later on Ottoman, and Austria-Hungary. America entered the war in April 1917; World War I was a tearful moment for America, a time when an advocate of isolationism in international affairs involved itself in world affairs and began the rise to the economic and military power that America is today. But after America entered three years later, horrific slaughter had stained the nations of Europe. World War I marked the end of the old order in Europe, and the beginning of what has been called the "American Century." In 1917, when the Tsar fell, that’s when Russia ended their hostile actions against the Central Powers. Even though the Bolsheviks knew this negotiation with Germany would add a huge cost to Russia; they still negotiated the Treaty of Brest-Litovesk with Germany. It started that Bolshevik Russia ceded the Baltic States to Germany and its province of Kars Oblast in the South Caucasus to the Ottoman Empire. And it also gave the Ukraine independence, but all of this still couldn’t stop America from entering in 1918. This war gave the combata... ... middle of paper ... ...cements and that’s why it’s the most influential event during the 20th Century. The Great War defined all the other wars that occurred after it-like all the confusion in Europe, dying empires, new expansionistic ambitions, and the will to show the world something new. But some say that WW2 is the most influential of the 20th Century; without “The Great War” we couldn’t even have this argument about which war was the most influential. The first war started everything; the atomic bomb (we wouldn’t even have that). World War 2 used that (Atomic Bomb) to bomb Japan after they attacked “Pearl Harbor”. Even though WW2 had the most impacted events you have to backtrack them to see how they all started, they will link back to WW1 events in some way. With a small army and a pitiful navy, the U.S. was no match for either side in the great conflagration in Flanders ' Fields.

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