World War Essay

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World War Essay

A common question among historians is that should World War I and World War II be all considered one war. While it is currently considered two different wars, some may disagree. Me personally, I think that they should be considered two separate wars. While they both happened within a 50-year time period, they were fought over two different reasons. Also there was a time of peace without warfare separating the two wars, so saying they were one war, is like saying someone playing a soccer game, recovering, then days later playing a different game and say it was all one game. World War I began when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by Serbia. Before this, there were alliances made by European powers to have extra protection for one another. The alliances were the Triple Alliance, which consisted of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy, as well as the Triple Entente, which consisted of Britain, France, and Russia. World War II didn’t consist of the same alliances, meaning that there was some sort of a significant change in between the two wars, allowing the two wars to be distinctively different from each another. While World War I was caused by alliances clashing, World War II began from one big player, Germany. Germany plays a huge role in World War II, giving an unbalance in participation between the European powers. Whereas in World War I, the participation in the war by the European powers was fairly balanced due to the alliances, giving another distinctive difference in the two wars. Also in World War II, there was involvement of countries not in the European area, like Japan and China. This expands the “playing field” of the war, as well as their being some battles in Africa, as well as exploring into the Pacific and battling there, which can cause major differences between World War II and World War I, and again separating them further, making them look more like two wars than one. World War I technology was different from the second war. World War I was fought mostly in trenches. Early airplanes were used. Poisonous gas gave a big advantage to those with the technology. In World War 2, tanks were used as the main deployment in many areas. Planes saw technological improvement, and bombers heavily used. Submarines became more popular as a way to win water warfare. Secret codes were used as a way to communicate between others, so any unknown people who may try to read it, are unable to understand what it means. The second World War was much more technologically advanced than the first, showing that there was much time and experimenting able to be done between each war, again shoving them further apart. World War I was caused mainly by the tension between all the countries and alliances gathering together. With alliances being made, that creates stronger and stronger forces, which may bring fear to countries and make them want to form alliances. So with all these strong forces, tension rose quickly, and when the Archduke of Austria was assassinated, that was what caused all the tension to go into warfare. World War II was nothing like this, as Germany struck fear into…