The twentieth century is characterized by many great technological discoveries. In many ways, these past hundred years have been good to humanity. Unfortunately, it is also the bloodiest period that mankind has ever known. For more than 30 years, most of the world population was at war. Each nation fighting for their own reasons, the two World Wars were truly the most complicated and horrifying situation human beings ever put themselves into. Separated by twenty years, many historians would argue that the War never stopped, that what we describe as two distinct conflicts was in fact one long ongoing battle. .
The most sinister interpretation of the beginning of the First World War is that the Germans were in fact planning this conflict since December 1912, where a meeting was held by the Kaiser. Many historians believe that they then decided to go to war eighteen months after. The most realistic fact about the commencement of the war is the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28 1914. Bounded by a treaty, the Austria-Hungarian could not so easily blame the Germans and decided to take action against Serbia who was also suspect in the murder. From there, it all crumbled down: Germany declared war to Russia, to France and to Belgium. The latter is quite interesting because the Germans were merely trying to obtain a free passage through the Belgian territory. On the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the Armistice was signed to stop the conflict. The final treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28th 1919 and concerned the territorial boundaries of Germany, its military matters and the fixing of the desolation caused by the battles. .
The Second World War officially starts in 1939 when the German army invades Poland on September 1st. Furthermore, many events prior to that date helped the restoration of the Nazi wrath. Only two year after the defeat of 1919, Adolf Hitler takes control of the National Socialist German Workers party (Nazi party).