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Causes of World War II
Alliances created an apprehensive mood as countries allied and other countries allied in response to other alliances. As a result, two nations going to war could bring all the countries within the alliance system to war. The alliances were formed to promote peace, making it unpractical to go to war as a country would have to face more than its initial enemy. This theoretically reasonable plan did not work. Imperialism was another cause of the Great War.
Imperialism is the policy of taking control of foreign lands for their resources. Imperialism was practiced greaty in Europe as Great Britain, France, and Germany had need of foreign resources to fuel their industries.
These countries competed for lands in Africa. France and Britain resolved their differences but there was still a dispute between Germany and Great Britain, as well as France. No, blame Britain The idea that Britain caused the war was the live grenade that firebrand historian Niall Ferguson lobbed into the debate when he wrote The Pity of War , though Paul Schroeder had put forward a similar argument earlier.
The British may not have directly started it, according to Ferguson, but they were liable for greatly expanding the scope of the war and making it drag on as long as it did. People being people Canadian historian Margaret Macmillan has published a major book, The War That Ended Peace , which presents a synthesis of many different factors: alliances and power politics; reckless diplomacy; ethnic nationalism; and, most of all, the personal character and relationships of the almost uncountable number of historical figures who had a hand in the coming of war.
Her work helps to highlight the fact that for all the great and powerful forces that seemed to grind the world inexorably into war in , everything ultimately came down to the beliefs, prejudices, rivalries, and schemes of a great array of personalities and people.
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