World War II: Similarities And Differences

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Throughout history, many wars have taken place, but, perhaps two of the most well-known are World War I and World War II. These two wars, perhaps two of the most devastating wars are also some of the most important in our global history. After a little studying, it is obvious that these two have much in common. However, they also have many differences. Neither the similarities nor the differences could be listed in my lifetime.

World War I and World War II are both very important events in history. World War I showed that countries, worldwide, were not content being ruled by another nation. On the other hand, World War II showed that countries would not stand for communism.

The first major similarity is combined with a major difference: the two sides fighting. In World War I, the Central Powers consisted of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey. These nations were also known as the Ottoman Empire. The Central Powers fought against the Allied Powers, made up of France, Britain, Russia, Italy, Japan, and the United States. In World War II, the two forces fighting each other were the Axis and the Allied Powers. The Axis; Germany, Italy, and Japan. The Allied; France, Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and China.
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The beginning of World War I was influenced by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Also influencing the beginning of World War I was the July Crisis. The July Crisis was ultimately the match that lit the piled up wood. World War II was begun with the invasion of Poland by the Germans. Also contributing were the declarations made by France and the United Kingdom upon Germany. These effects were directly caused by the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I which bankrupted Germany and set into place the actions needed to fuel Adolf Hitler’s rise to