War is an eventuality that most countries try to avoid as much as possible. In recent times, wars such as those observed in Afghanistan and Iraq have been testimony enough. However, the occurrence of such wars also proves that the world, and its leaders, has not learnt from the catastrophic event in these post-war times. An in-depth analysis as to the underlying cause of the World War II has been conducted here-in. Further, the question as to why lessons learnt from World War I did not suffice to prevent the Second World War has been critically analyzed.
The World War II set off on 1, 1939 September. In actual fact it was provoked by Hitler's decision to invade Poland. Allegedly some historians argue that this was just a mere extension of the World War 1after the creation of a temporal interruption by the armistice of the year 1918. There is though one historian by the name Gerhard Weinberg tends to disagree on every aspect. He thinks that while the other historians claim the entire period from 1914-1945 as the European's civil war age; illumination by research papers shows the special character and the intentions of its belligerents.
The prevalence of the war between Germany and most the entire Europe resulted due to several challenges that broke out immediately Hitler came in to power in the year 1933. While under the influence of Hitler, Germany happened to break out from the isolation from the rest of the European nations had made an attempt to impose with the Versailles Treaty. Fuhrer formed a Nazi Germany and he was poised to impact total power over Europe, pointing his vengeance against those who signed against him in the Versailles Treaty. He actually took the first step towards the starting of the war in the year 1939. To the seriousness he sent his army to Poland. This was meant to provoke aggressors hence spreading the spirit of warfare from the capitals of Europe to the sands of Northern Africa and also the Far East.
In the entire process of Europe realizing it total destruction in the subsequent years just after the Polish attacks, The United States, till its war declaration upon Japan in December 1941, had opted to remain neutral, with the US congress making an attempt to evade entanglements overseas. There still existed isolationist forces that had a feeling that the Allies would finally win the war anyway, that US was not even exposed to any threats upon Germany's advances, and that a win on the side of the Allies would not threaten the US's welfare. In actual fact the US's joining of the world War 2 was not in any way related to the Germany and its Allies combined efforts, the American policies for both Britain and France, and the dominance in the far East by Japan ultimately affecting US public opinion, makers of policies and the military leaders to commence its involvement in a war that dearly cost the US approximately 300,000 lives.
Even though the US public did bolster their country's involvement in the war, while the pearl Harbor attack was the final part of the puzzle for involvement of the US military in the Pacific and Europe, another pressing factor that led to the US's declaration of war against Germany and Japan's menace. The former political order based on reason was put aside as all nations in Europe became entangled in a cycle of fear, misplaced trust, delusion and embty hopes that led war. The belief that reason belonged at the heart of structure cum relationships was done with after the World War 1, however. Carnage on the battlefield and also the virtual stalemate for mostly the War led to doubt on the side of the European nations' comprehending of the reason of warfare and also the tied up risks. This particular self-doubt is the one that led France never live to fun victory the country anticipated for.
Beyond its military defeat, Germany succumbed to economic and political negative effects. Also, though the Great Britain was not so greatly affected just like these Continental powers, it still suffered a blow of loosing young men while others were seriously maimed. The unprecedented standard of carnage and the peculiar political and social effects of World War 1 on both the losers and the victors washed away the accepted notion of reason and triggered self-doubt which affected the relationships among nations and restructured their view towards one another, the former type of warfare included.
Following the destruction, an individual would surmise the act of self-doubt would lead to a more rational policy towards misunderstandings among nations-avoid it at all cost. Contrary, the nation's political forces became more vocal cum pompous all through the entire Europe, in psychological terms; they actually overcompensated due to their self-doubt. The consequences due to doubt were highly dreaded and, as K. Fedin put it, "There is nothing in the world more hateful than neutrality".
Putting into consideration the economic circumstances that Germany encountered owing to its defeat in World War I and the humiliation due to the passing of the peace Versailles treaty where it had to pay reparations to victorious powers regardless of its economic status, anything that could actually pull Germany out of this would have sounded reasonable to the German public. The former style of leadership that was the reason of the humiliating defeat in the World War 1 had been seriously discredited. The established political structure regarded by the German public as reasonable lost its credibility. Self-doubt happened to be the gateway to Hitler's racial, nationalistic, militaristic ideas that showed up.