Cause And Effect Of World War 1

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The Aftermath of World War I in Germany World War I (WWI) is a war that, as the name implies, affected the whole world. The effects included financial crisis, destroyed land, liberation, broken alliances, and various other long term effects. Although not every nation fought in this war, the major superpowers at the time did. This war ended with a monumental death count and left massive areas of land destroyed by trenches, gases, and battles. The end of this war meant a shift in power, perception, rebuilding, and stabilization, but it started something completely new in Germany. The Treaty of Versailles, which ended WWI, required Germany to pay reparations for damages, limit their military, give up territory, and several other things. Germany admitted defeat, and fault, when their leaders signed the treaty. At this point, a revolution sparked in Germany. World War I left Germany in a state of ruin, which ignited the Nazi Party’s move to power. To begin, Germany was pulled into this war because of alliances and the tension that had already been building in Europe. The war was started by a country that would not be seen as important as those which would join afterwards. WWI started “after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand” of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (“Outbreak of”). Although this country was not a major player in the end, this assassination ignited the entirety of the war. The assassination relit a feud between Austria-Hungary and Serbia (“Outbreak of”). One event lead to the turmoil and carnage that occurred in Europe. This event is seen as the beginning, but there is still debate whether this is the correct reason that a deadly and lasting war would take place (Mombauer). Even to today, this is an disputed topic with many on either side. The doubt of the start of the war can be seen in the result, the Treaty of Versailles. The Treaty of Versailles laid most blame and punishment on Germany, which shows that many saw Germany as the origin of the war (Mombauer). These alliances were not very large, but the powers present in them were stronger than other countries. Russia, Italy, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and the Ottoman Empire were the major countries that fought in this war (“Outbreak
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