When it comes to major events in human history one cannot overlook the impact of WWI and WWII. Both wars left a significant and lasting global impact on modern world history. Although their labelling suggests they are two separate wars, it is possible to link the two together. It could be argued that the unresolved issues surrounding WW1 were direct causes of the Second World War. This essay will discuss to what extent could WWI and WWII be considered a single conflict? It is important to understand causality to try and prevent these circumstances from having the same effect as the first time while also providing a resolution to similar future conflict.
The war fought between July 28 of 1914 and November 11, 1918, was known as the Great War, the War to End all Wars, and in the United States the European War. World War I is known for a new style of warfare, trenches from which both sides fought in. New and destructive technologies were introduced, and for the first time a major war was fought on land, sea, below the sea, and in the skies as well. Its casualty totals were unprecedented as the soared into the millions. The two sides were known as the Allies which consisted of Great Britain, France, Russia, and later on the United State. The opposing side, the Central Powers, which comprised of Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary (the Habsburg Empire), and the Ottoman Empire (Turkey). The war ended after an armistice and most significantly the Treaty of Versailles.