The War That Didn 't End All Wars

1502 Words Nov 10th, 2015 7 Pages
Four years, three months and two weeks later, in 1918, the global series of destructive events, known as World War 1, that had begun when Serbian nationalist assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary finally came to an end. Resulting in the victory of the allied forces, establishing a safer place for democracy for a very short period of time. However it was not without a fight that this achievement came about, millions of troops lost their lives to the deadly chemical weapons, tanks and other weaponry. The war had so many devastating effects that British author H. G. Wells called it “The war to end war”, which now can be seen as an erroneous comment. In his article, “The War That Didn’t End All Wars” war studies professor at King’s college London, Sir Lawrence D. Freedman, quotes George Kennan’s words to describe the war as “the great seminal catastrophe” as the Great War led to the creation of a broken intergovernmental organization known as the League of Nation, left Germany completely destroyed financially and contributed to the collapse of the Austrian, Turkish and Russian Empire. World War 1 did not end war; instead it not only paved the way for the biggest war in history of mankind, World War 2, but also one of the worst genocides the world has ever seen, the Holocaust. After the victory of the Allied forces, the Paris Peace Conference was held in Paris to evaluate the consequences of the Central Powers. This Conference…
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