Account for the Levels of Violence
While increased technology in weaponry determined the major levels of violence
in the 20
century, this measure of violent acts would not have been possible without the
involvement of a large amount of technologically advanced peoples. World War I,
originally known as the Great War, resulted from a plethora of causes, such as
nationalism, imperialism, militarism, internal conflict, alliances and an assassination.
This war introduced new methods of fighting, such as trench and chemical warfare,
which made the war unbearably brutal. World War II, the second major war in the 20
century, also had a wide range of causes, such as nationalism, the Treaty of Versailles,
militarism, the Munich Conference, the invasion of Poland and Japanese expansion. This
war differed, but was equally as destructive as World War I. New fighting tactics
included numerous bombing strategies. The Cold War, a war fought within the shadow of
the bomb, was caused by a difference in opinion between America and the Soviet Union.
The nuclear technology in this war replaced large levels of violence with fear and panic.
Each war’s level of violence was accounted for by new developments of its time and
those conducting it.
World War I was rooted in nationalism, or pride in each individual nation, and
imperialism, or the spreading of power and ownership of countries throughout the world
with out conquest. Imperialism caused an increased tension between each countries’
power. Both nationalism and imperialism inspired militarism, or the growing of armies