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Anthony Milne Western Civilization II Final Paper Professor Susan Kent Supremacy Lost From 1914 to 1965 the continent of Europe would lose all supremacy it once enjoyed over the rest of the world. Europe’s digression was ultimately the consequence of a constant struggle for power amongst its individual countries. And because of Europe’s influence over the rest of the world, arising struggle would have ramifications beyond European borders and spread throughout the world. Although war and physical conflict would set the stage for this phase of world history, the struggle affected other aspects of society such as the economy and politics. An overall dark period for the world, this bit of history illustrates not only the great power that humans hold, but the characteristic affects of a selfish conquest for more. From the world wars that desecrated the physical country itself to the economic and political change that took place, this span of fifty-one years shows the power of human desire to change the world. With the ultimate prize of this period being that of power and precedence, one can see the consequence that follows a lack of compromise and acceptance. But from looking at a time period marked by death and devastation unknown to the world before, one acceptance is undeniable; that the greed and lust for power and grandeur common to all humans is a dangerous one. From thousands dead in the first world war to thousands more unemployed during the great depression, this time is marked black by the dark desires of man and their results. When looking back at the early twentieth century, one sees that Europe’s lose of supremacy, although consequence of numerous actions and events, was ultimately rooted in human evil.
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The Great War of 1914, or World War I, is in itself a clear example of the human want for power and the consequence it has. It is clearly seen that German greed alone was capable of starting an enormous war. Furthermore Italy and Japan can be used as example in that they only joined the Allies in hopes to receive some benefit from the conflict. It was as if the countries were positioning themselves like vultures to grab what they could from a fight sure to loosen the grips of those involved. “ The antagonists fought with the same ferocious hunger for power, prestige, and prosperity that had inspired imperialism” (Smith, 1005). And although the war as itself is example for human nature, the consequences of the war would characterize the darkness from which it arose. Involved in trench warfare due to the relative stalemate of the war, Fritz Franke, a British officer, would later attempt to illustrate the horror when he wrote “ It is impossible to describe it, and even now, when it is a day behind us, I myself can hardly believe that such bestial barbarity and unspeakable suffering are possible” (Lualdi, 187) The consequences of this war would stretch even beyond the harm suffered by that of the land and men into a levels of society. In terms of society as a whole, Europe was left in shambles. Governments and
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