World War One started in 1914 and finished in 1918, and its negative outcomes left Europe and the whole world changed in different facets. This war also set the tone for the historical trends of the remaining century. Find out more about its major consequences because they were responsible for World War 2. The US was a nation with its untapped military potential and growing economic power before entering into this conflict. However, it changed in a few significant ways because the military of this country turned into a big-scale fighting force with its intense war experience. That’s why the balance of economic power began switching from Europe to America.
Different decisions taken by American politicians led their country to retreat from the world, so it returned to its isolationism, this limiting the impact that fruited only in the aftermath of WWII. This kind of retreat undermined a new emerging political order and the League of Nations. Besides, the collapse of Russia because of the pressure of total warfare let socialist revolutionaries increase their power, thus turning one of the growing international ideologies into a major force in Europe.
While the global revolution offered by Lenin never happened in reality, the presence of a potentially powerful and huge communist nation in Asia and Europe changed the entire balance of international politics. For example, Germany tottered toward Russia at the very beginning, but it pulled back from experiencing a complete Leninist change and forming a new social democracy. This happened under great pressure, whereas Russia was authoritarian.
Think about the collapse of Eastern and Central European empires that also contributed to WWI. Russian, German, Austro-Hungarian, and Turkish empires fought in this way, and they all vanished by a revolution and a defeat. The fall of Austria-Hungary and Turkey wasn’t a surprise to many historians. That’s because Turkey has long been considered a weak side in Europe because vultures circled its territory. However, the fall of growing, young, and powerful German Empire was definitely a shock. In their places, there were new governments, from socialist dictatorships to democratic republics. Finally, nationalism grew in Europe before WWI, and it saw its major rise after this conflict, which resulted in new independence movements and nations.
World War One started in 1914 and finished in 1918, and its negative outcomes left Europe and the whole world changed in different facets. This war also set the tone for the historical trends of the remaining century. Find out more about its major consequences because they were responsible for World War 2.