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What was the most crucial and important cause of World War II? Please explain your reasoning.

What are the technological advances of World War II that have greatly influenced warfare in the 20th Century? Please discuss some of the technological advances of World War II in brief and provide some examples.

Background Info:

Historyonthenet.com (2010). World war two causes. Retrieved July, 2010, from http://www.historyonthenet.com/WW2/causes.htm

Angelfire.com (n.d.). A summary of the causes of world war II. Retrieved July, 2010, from http://www.angelfire.com/wy/wwi/summary.html

Johndclare.net (2010). The causes of the second world war. Retrieved July, 2010, from http://www.johndclare.net/RoadtoWWII7a.htm

Trueman, C. (2010) The treaty of Versailles. Retrieved July, 2010, from: http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/treaty_of_versailles.htm

To answer Part 2, please review the following information source:

Bukisa.com (2009). Technology advancements of World War 2. Retrieved July, 2010, from http://www.bukisa.com/articles/85094_technology-advancements-of-world-war-2

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Part 1: What was the most crucial and important cause of World War II? Please explain your reasoning.
We all face situations in life where we are faced with a choice. When we find ourselves in a position of power over someone else we can either use that power to destroy or we can use that power to heal. In the Bible in the book of Proverbs 15:1, 2, 4 we read,
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. The tongue that brings healing is the tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit."
The Allied nations at the end of World War I faced this very dilemma. They had the German empire at their mercy and had to decide how to treat their defeated foe. The Treaty of Versailles was written up to end the war and determine blame and consequences. It is interesting to note that the Allies did not agree about the terms that should be included in it. The French desired to severely punish the Germans. This animosity was a result not only of having been invaded by the German army during this war but also for numerous defeats and humiliations suffered at the hands of the Germans in previous wars. The British sought some reparations for losses incurred in the war but also viewed Germany as an important potential trading partner and so did not wish to see the German economy destroyed. The Americans under the leadership of Woodrow Wilson had sought to stay out of the war. They had made a significant amount of money off of the war as they sold war material to the British, French and Germans. However, they did at last join the war but only for the last year or so. Since they had suffered significantly fewer casualties and their territory had been completely unaffected by the war, the Americans were predisposed to be much more lenient toward the Germans during the peace talks.
The Treaty of Versailles in its final version was a crushing blow to ...

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