Was World War II a continuation of World War I? In addressing both sides of this question, carefully consider the long-term and short-term causes of each World War. Be sure to address both continuities and breaks in the realm of geopolitics, economics, politics, and society. What does your answer imply about our understanding of the contemporary world? For instance, did the allies’ victory in WWII put an end to rivalries among the great powers as well as political and economic crises, or have these tensions merely remained dormant for much of the postwar era and are now reappearing in Europe and elsewhere as the global economy continues to struggle? Or is there another way we might consider this question altogether?