HIS 4c essay exam

HIS 4c essay exam - A Some historians perceive the period...

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A). Some historians perceive the period of 1914-1945 as one extended European “thirty-year war.” To what extent do you think this interpretation is accurate? What are some factors that might counter this interpretation? Some historians refer to the series of conflicts which occurred between the years of 1914-1945 not as individual conflicts but as one elongated war coining the name “The Second Thirty-Year War”. The time period witnessed not only the horrifically destructive World Wars but also the Russian civil war, Polish-Soviet war, and the Spanish civil war. The ongoing series of war left Europe in a demolished state and created the feeling of endless chaos. It would seem as though there was never any peace within those thirty years. Factors that may dispute calling this period “the thirty year war” may include the easily noted fact that the wars were not continuous there were years between wars which saw relative peace. Another arguable reason why these conflicts could not be termed this way is that they involved so many different states. The different conflicts saw different players. It would be a generalization to engulf all the wars into one major conflict. Why it’s considered a Thirty Year War Anti-German attitude Treaty of Versailles Exclusive responsibility, which was placed arbitrarily to the Germans by the victorious powers at the end of both world wars The Treaty of Versailles that ended the First World War punished and humiliated Germany to such a degree, the rise of the Nazis and start of WWII was almost inevitable. Nationalism lead to constant conflict World War Two really just grew out of the unsolved problems of World War One. Interwar period just a break before returning to battle Nationalism, economic distress, and military build-up- issues not addressed after WWI Unresolved issue and bad economy in Germany made war inevitable Counter Battle strategies of the First World War did not advance along with the technology The trench warfare technique, lead to fatalities on a scale that was unimaginable Submarines and tanks became larger, faster and more powerful. Naval ships also became larger and more powerful, and the introduction of the aircraft carrier may have been the most important development of the war. Second World War introduced the most destructive weapon in human history when the atomic
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course HIS 004C taught by Professor Margadant during the Winter '08 term at UC Davis.

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