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The Powers of WWII: A look at the socio-political situation

Write essay addressing the political and economic differences and similarities of the various powers on the eve of WW2.

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The Powers of WWII: A look at the socio-political situation

On the eve of World War II, in other words the first decade or so of the 20th century, there were several issues in Europe that were kindling for the match that launched the war. The powers in Europe, Great Britain, Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, France, and Russia all had political and economic traditions that had been in turmoil for at least a century. We must remember that many of the ruling families at the time were related, but that intense nationalism across Europe required attention internally. Additionally, most of the European powers had been involved in colonialism, and there was a vast network of alliances between the powers, many of which required the signatories of the treaties to agree to a collective defense (Crutwell, 2007). For example:

-Treaty of London (1839) assured the neutrality of Belgium
- German-Austrian Treaty (1979), the Dual Alliance in case of attack by Russia
- Italy joins Germany and Austria (1882), mutual defense
- Franco-Russian Alliance (1894), helped Russia feel less vulnerable to ...

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The solution provides a comprehensive discussion to paint a picture of the political and economic differences and similarities (comparison) between the powers/nations involved in World War 2. References are provided.

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