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Did WWII solve any of the problems left behind by WWI?

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properpig | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 13, 2012 at 7:33 PM via web

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Did WWII solve any of the problems left behind by WWI?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM (Answer #1)

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It's difficult to look through any historical lens and see World War II as a solution to anything.  It was a resolution, as in the issue of imperial competition, rivalry and violence that existed and primarily caused World War I was resolved through the physical and political destruction of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.  As evidence, neither fascism nor imperialism have reappeared in those countries since that time.

However, World War II led directly to the Cold War, a new competition between the Soviet and American empires that would last for decades and cost huge amounts of blood and treasure, so it could be argued that World War II just substituted one problem for another, and killed 60 million people in the process.

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