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Compare and contrast WW1WW2 causes There are many causes of WW1 and WW2 some similar and some different I will discuss three similar reasons for the outbreaks and two major differences from the two wars The first reason of the wars is nationalism or the countrys sense of pride and lust for power In WW1 Germany wanted to expand its new boarders strengthen their territory and challenge Britain for the most powerful country on the planet Germany had been created in 1871 and the German people had a building sense of pride for their new country Austria wanted to expand its nearby land as well into Serbia and the Balkans The Austrians also didnt like the anit-Austrian propaganda being spread throughout what is now Bosnia The Bosnian Serbs and Slavs had great national pride and wanted independence from Austria The same was true in WW2 Germany wanted to expand its empire throughout Europe and have more living space The sense of national pride which was tarnished by the War Guilt Clause from the Treaty of Versailles needed to be fixed and Hitler encouraged Nationalism emphatically Also Russia felt betrayed by Hitler because of Operation Barbarossa and fought a bloody battle to victory The second reason of the two wars was the need for countries to acquire wealth and resources In WW1 countries such as Britain France and other European countries looked elsewhere for rare treasures In Africa jewels like diamonds were mined as well as gold in South Africa Oil was another precious commodity from Africa and the Middle East Special foods fabrics and materials were brought from India and the East Indies Some of these items were sold to make money others were used for advancement of military items A point in both wars was the protection of Britains trade routes They wanted to protect the Suez canal and owned Gibraltar to make sure no enemy ships entered the Mediterranean Sea In WW2
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