Axis initiative and Allied reaction The outbreak of war By the early part of the German dictator Adolf Hitler had become determined to invade and occupy Poland. Poland, for its part, had guarantees of French and British military support should it be attacked by Germany. Hitler intended to invade Poland anyway, but first he had to neutralize the possibility that the Soviet Union would resist the invasion of its western neighbour. In a secret protocol of this pact, the Germans and the Soviets agreed that Poland should be divided between them, with the western third of the country going to Germany and the eastern two-thirds being taken over by the U.
German re-alignment to Austria-Hungary and Russian re-alignment to France, —[ edit ] In German and Russian alignment was secured by means of a secret Reinsurance Treaty arranged by Otto von Bismarck. However, in the treaty was allowed to lapse in favor of the Dual Alliance between Germany and Austria-Hungary.
This development was attributed to Count Leon von Caprivithe Prussian general who replaced Bismarck as chancellor. Petersburg to engage in a direct understanding with Vienna, without a written accord. This move was prompted by the Russian need for an ally since, during this period, it was experiencing a major famine and a rise in anti-government revolutionary activities.
French distrust of Germany[ edit ] Main article: Germany had won decisively and established a powerful Empirewhile France fell into chaos and military decline for years.
An overview of the causes of world war two legacy of animosity grew between France and Germany following the German annexation of Alsace-Lorraine. The annexation caused widespread resentment in France, giving rise to the desire for revenge, known as revanchism.
French sentiments were based on a desire to avenge military and territorial losses and the displacement of France as the preeminent continental military power. During his later years, he tried to placate the French by encouraging their overseas expansion.
However, anti-German sentiment remained.
But the French nation was smaller than Germany in terms of population and industry, and thus many French felt insecure next to a more powerful neighbor. Jules Cambonthe French ambassador to Berlinworked hard to secure a detente but French leaders decided Berlin was trying to weaken the Triple Entente and was not sincere in seeking peace.
The French consensus was that war was inevitable. With the formation of the Triple EntenteGermany began to feel encircled. Britain concluded agreements, limited to colonial affairs, with her two major colonial rivals: It was "not that antagonism toward Germany caused its isolation, but rather that the new system itself channeled and intensified hostility towards the German Empire".
The Entente, in contrast to the Triple Alliance or the Franco-Russian Alliancewas not an alliance of mutual defence, and Britain therefore felt free to make her own foreign policy decisions in For purposes of ultimate emergencies it may be found to have no substance at all.
For the Entente is nothing more than a frame of mind, a view of general policy which is shared by the governments of two countries, but which may be, or become, so vague as to lose all content.
First Moroccan Crisis, — Worsening relations of Russia and Serbia with Austria-Hungary[ edit ] In Austria-Hungary announced its annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovinadual provinces in the Balkan region of Europe formerly under the control of the Ottoman Empire.
Though Bosnia and Herzegovina were still nominally under the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary had administered the provinces since the Congress of Berlin inwhen the great powers of Europe awarded it the right to occupy the two provinces, with the legal title to remain with Turkey.
Agadir crisis French troops in Morocco, Imperial rivalries pushed France, Germany and Britain to compete for control of Morocco, leading to a short-lived war scare in In the end, France established a protectorate over Morocco that increased European tensions.
The Agadir Crisis resulted from the deployment of a substantial force of French troops into the interior of Morocco in April The main result was deeper suspicion between London and Berlin, and closer military ties between London and Paris. British backing of France during the crisis reinforced the Entente between the two countries and with Russia as wellincreasing Anglo-German estrangement, deepening the divisions that would erupt in The interventionists sought to use the Triple Entente to contain German expansion.
The radicals obtained an agreement for official cabinet approval of all initiatives that might lead to war. By the interventionists and Radicals had agreed to share responsibility for decisions culminating in the declaration of war, and so the decision was almost unanimous.
France was thus able to guard her communications with her North African colonies, and Britain to concentrate more force in home waters to oppose the German High Seas Fleet.
The cabinet was not informed of this agreement until August Meanwhile, the episode strengthened the hand of Admiral Alfred von Tirpitzwho was calling for a greatly increased navy and obtained it in Italy captured the Ottoman Tripolitania Vilayet provinceof which the most notable sub-provinces sanjaks were FezzanCyrenaicaand Tripoli itself.
These territories together formed what became known as Italian Libya. The main significance for the First World War was that this war made it clear that no Great Power appeared to wish to support the Ottoman Empire any longer and this paved the way for the Balkan Wars.
The system of geographical balances that had enabled local conflicts to be contained was swept away. Growth of Serbian and Russian power[ edit ] The Balkan Wars were two conflicts that took place in the Balkan Peninsula in south-eastern Europe in and Four Balkan states defeated the Ottoman Empire in the first war; one of the four, Bulgaria, was defeated in the second war.
The Ottoman Empire lost nearly all of its holdings in Europe. Austria-Hungary, although not a combatant, was weakened as a much-enlarged Serbia pushed for union of the South Slavic peoples.World War II summary: The carnage of World War II was unprecedented and brought the world closest to the term “total warfare.” On average 27, people were killed each day between September 1, , until the formal surrender of Japan on September 2, Mar 28, · The instability created in Europe by the First World War () set the stage for another international conflict–World War II–which broke out two .
One of the worst tragedies of World War II was the Holocaust in which between and it is estimated that from million Jews were killed. Only with the defeat of the Nazis were the concentration camps closed down, and the remaining survivors freed.
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World War II was the most destructive war in history. Estimates of those killed vary from 35 million to 60 million.
Estimates of those killed vary from 35 million to 60 million. The total for Europe alone was 15 million to 20 million—more than twice as many as in World War I.
Brief Overview The Start of the War. World War I began on July 28, , when Austria-Hungary declared war on urbanagricultureinitiative.com seemingly small conflict between two countries spread rapidly: soon, Germany, Russia, Great Britain, and France were all drawn into the war, largely because they were involved in treaties that obligated them to defend certain other nations.