What happened to most of the new democracies that were established in Europe after World War I?

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Unfortunately and tragically, these new countries were destroyed by both the Nazis and the Soviets in the inter-war period and in the aftermath of World War II.

One of the intentions of the victorious powers after the Armistice of 1918 was to enable ethnic self-determination for all the peoples of Europe (and theoretically, at least, of the Middle East as well). Nationalities that had not had their own countries for centuries (and in some cases not at all) were reorganized into new nation-states. These included Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Romania. Part of the problem with this arrangement was that Central Europe did not consist of ethnically "pure" regions, so various peoples of different ethnic groups were still going to live under the rule of another group. For example, the region known as Transylvania was given to Romania in spite of being populated largely by ethnic Hungarians. The section of Czechoslovakia that now comprises most of the Czech Republic and was...

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