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Similarities Between WW1 And WW2

What were the similarities between WWI and WWII?

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In a general sense, World War I and World War II were wars conducted on a massive scale unlike any other wars in history. They were similarly caused by nationalism, imperialism, alliances, and militarism. Both wars saw countries trying to upset the power balance in Europe for their own gain.


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While there were certainly many differences between World War I and World War II, there were also many notable similaities worth examining. This list could be very extensive, but I will mention some of the more striking similarities below.

For starters, the motives of the aggressor nations were largely based on imperialistic nationalism. Trying to conquer new territories and control more resources out of a sense of nationalistic entitlement brought major powers into direct conflict with each other.

In terms of the waging of the war itself, both conflicts are marked by their exceptionally high casualty rates. In both cases, the different militaries took advantage of and developed new technologies that...

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