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Was the breakdown of the global multi-polar distribution of power during WWI through WWII highly probable? Why or why not?

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The political and social upheaval that occurred in Europe during the last half of the nineteenth-century led to the collapse of power distribution, and this collapse led to the bloodiest wars in human history.

Leading up to the World Wars, the face of government changed drastically. There was a bitter divide between conservatives and liberals in many nations; one group wished to restore European society to the way it was prior to the French Revolution, while the other strove for progress. This political tension led to the creation of new political ideologies: socialism, communism, and anarchism. These new parties played a major role in the disruption of the balance of power. Socialism and communism were favored amongst the working class, and the...

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