Peace to War 1919-1939

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Peace to War 1919-1939

The Peace settlements of 1919

Europe had been drawn up into two armed camps by the beginning of the second decade of the C.20th. Each great power in Europe sought to gain pre-eminence and this caused great tensions and jealousy. Throughout the period 1900-1914 there were a series of crises which could have sparked a major war, but it was only when the assassination of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a Serb nationalist in Sarajevo in 1914 occurred that a major war broke out. The countries of the two armed camps pledged to support each other and Europe was plunged into a war.

The two armed camps were:

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