INTRO & SUMMARY OF WARS
Humanity was forever changed after the wars of the 20th century. World War I and World War II are known for the millions of military and civilian lives they took away. Horrific words such as concentration camps, slave labor and genocide are linked to the wars. They are also credited to causing nations to rapidly come up and develop brilliant new inventions, warfare tactics and revolutionary ideas that are still playing intricate roles in modern day societies. Both of these wars were accredited to the implementation of new technology and weapons. Many treaties and agreements were drafted, written and implemented in the aftermath of the war and reconstruction plans were carefully put together. The world famous war…show more content… The Great Depression, World War II, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and the collapse of several empires can all be linked back to it. WWI was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who was the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It officially began when Germany started invading Belgium and France. The sinking of the Lusitania, a British passenger liner; unrestricted German submarine warfare; and several other events, all led up to the United States feeling the need to become an intervention. Millions of American men were then drafted, and the War Industries Board was introduced by Congress to coordinate material production while the National War Labor Board was formed to unify labor policy. Additionally, there were independent republics formed after WWI that today are known as Austria, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, and Turkey.
I can best summarize this war by using words written by author John Keegan. He wrote the following words in his book titled The First World War “:
The First World War was a tragic and an unnecessary conflict. Unnecessary because the train of events that led to its outbreak might have been broken at any point during the five weeks of crisis that preceded the first clash of arms, had prudence or common goodwill found a voice; tragic because the consequences of the first clash ended the lives of ten million human beings, tortured the