Compare and Contrast the causes of the First and Second Worl

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One of the similarities one can observe between the causes of WWI and WWII is that of the role of Germany. Concerning WWI one of the greatest causes of the war can be seen as the effect of the growth of Germany had on Europe. She was a relatively new country but one that was rapidly growing financially, militarily and industrially; this threatened to disrupt the delicate balance of power achieved in Europe after centuries of conflict. However, the situation was exacerbated by her actions resulting from this new found power. The Kaiser began to feel increasingly endangered by the perceived encirclement of the entente powers and so resorted to militarism, as illustrated through the arms race, a situation which would inevitably earn the concern and anger of Britain with Germany's obsession with the growth of their navy. This along with his militaristic alliances, plans made on a war footing and aggressive foreign policy convinced Europe that a war was inevitable. Prior to the Second World War the situation was similar. For, with Hitler's rise to power there was a dramatic change in the foreign policy of Germany. Hitler believed, along with the rest of Germanys, that the Treaty of Versailles was unfair, he stressed how the na

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