Sometimes blame is not easy to find. The Treaty of Versailles had ended the “war to end all wars”. In it, the allied powers-- France, Britain, and America-- had come to a decision on what Germany’s punishment would be. The Germans were not fond of the agreed upon conditions since Germany no say in the treaty. Is the Treaty of Versailles to blame for World War Two?
If a nation does not fight for a side in a war and stays neutral then it is not smart to stand there and provoke them, especially if the nation is one of the superpowers of the world. Germany pushed America to step into World War 1 because they made bad decisions on other nations that also took a toll on America. Germany antagonized president Woodrow Wilson 's neutrality in WW1 by destroying ships such as the Lusitania and going back on promises that they made. But the Germans were not the only ones to drag America into this war. America felt that trades between them and allied nations were being taken advantage of, and they felt that they just needed to end the war.
The Berlin Crisis in 1961 is another example of Khrushchev’s foreign policies. ‘Walter Ulbricht, the East German leader, had wanted the solution of the Berlin Wall for some time but had been over-ruled by Khrushchev. As the situation grew more desperate, Khrushchev changed his mind’. Referred to in the West as the ‘wall of shame’, the East German government preferred to call it the ‘anti-fascist protective barrier’. It could be seen either as consistent with Khrushchev’s other anti-Western policies or inconsistent with his talk of ‘peaceful
Who wouldn’t empathize and shed a few tears while watching Bruno and Shmuel clasp hands in their final moments in the BBC Film, The Boy with the Striped Pajamas? This fictional story would not have been written had it not been for the nationalist pride that Adolf Hitler and the Nazi’s used to persuade people to rally against ethnic groups that were supposedly part of Germany’s downfall in World War I. This dangerous pride led to the destruction of various different groups for no good reason. After reviewing European history, one has to wonder if the members of the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 had treated the defeated countries such as Germany differently, and the League of Nations had been inclusively opened to all realms, would World War
Americans initially favored neutrality, but events like the sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmermann telegram provoked the U.S. to join the war in support of the Allies (Shi and Tindall 754-757). Less obvious factors, such as nationalism, imperialism, and business opportunity, also contributed to the war. The war ended in 1918 after immense bloodshed, but President Wilson failed to get the Treaty of Versailles ratified by the Senate (Shi and Tindall 773). As a result of the war, Europe was significantly weakened, harsh punishments were imposed on Germany that later led to WWII, and America emerged with a strong economy as a dominant world power (Shi and Tindall
Britain, being an ally of the U.S, sent them the message that they blocked. When the U.S heard of Germany’s plan to turn Mexico against them, their hate for Germany grew stronger. However, Wilson still refused to join the war due to a fear of the economy and his people. Wilson was starting to accept the possibility of war and even began to prepare ships in case of battle. At that point, the United States remained
The British impressed thousands of American sailors into the Royal Army, punishing Americans despite America’s state of sovereignty during Britain’s war with France. This blatant disrespect of America’s neutrality was a big factor in America’s decision to declare war against Britain. Furthermore, the British still kept the Orders in Council even after America passed several embargo policies hoping for change. The policies were ignored by the British and Americans were only harmed by Jefferson and Madison’s attempts for peace. Ultimately, the War of 1812 was due to Britain’s inability to respect America as a nation separate from the French and British
As long as continental sovereigns jockeyed amongst themselves, they could only gaze enviously at the prosperous Britain. Naval power and lack of a European hegemon were the foundations of British policy. Napoleon had drastically upset Britain’s traditional paradigm, but on the eve of World War I, Germany threatened to disturb the European balance of power yet again.
Their plan ultimately failed but was very close to becoming a success. The actions that would have needed to be different in order for Germany to succeed are that France had to be defeated and that never happened, and also the speed aspect of the plan was non-existent due to unpredictable setbacks of armies, transportation, and communication. The outcome of the Schlieffen plan did change the war because before the main issue was between Austria-Hungary and Serbia fighting over the annexation of Bosnia. When the two of them started fighting Serbia pulled in Russia to help them. Once the Schlieffen plan was carried out Germany had then been added to the war along with France.
Although many people opposed Adolf Hitler when he attempted to rise to power in Germany, he had just enough supporters to begin his great conquest of an unattainable goal- to create a practically perfect society made up only of Aryans. Through this hideously fascist transformation of Germany, along with that of Italy and Japan, we are left to wonder, why fascism? As humans, we tend to look into more extreme solutions as our problems worsen. Whether it be poverty, sadness, or death, we fear pain and discomfort. When faced with these hardships, we become increasingly desperate for relief.
The dealings by Britain were never in favor of those working alongside the great power rather for improving Britain self interest. The multiple contradictions that Britain promised lead to geopolitical instability within the MIddle East and its Arab populations. With the Sykes Picot agreement drawings the lines of the modern Middle Eastern states so crudely; the Balfour declaration creating a divide between the Jewish and Palestinian populations that lead to violent outburst and the continuation of the argument of who rightfully owns the area of Palestine. The husayn McMahon correspondence by Britain created disagreements and confusion that resonates through modern times of why the British backed out from their promise of Independence and confusion for what amount of land would be placed for the Arab nation. Following the failures of Britain executing their promises the great power ensured a future of instability within the region of the Middle East for generations, all caused by a developing and evolving self interest that would impact the world through nearly a