- Oct 7, 2016
IntroductionThe history of the Second American Civil War, and the United States' contribution in the Second Weltkrieg, though controversial and hotly debated to this day, has long been considered by historians to have been one of the most important stories of the 20th century.
The Second Civil War itself is often seen as a dress rehearsal for the Second Weltkrieg, where the US itself, as well as nearly every nation involved in the latter war, tested out new doctrines and technologies that would become standard and contribute to the mass destruction brought upon nearly every continent around the world in the 1940s. Twenty-two different nations would approve the sending of divisions to participate in the Second Civil War, and individual volunteers from nearly every country would travel to fight in the war that was seen as the battle for Democracy’s safety, for Syndicalism’s global revolution, or for the order and stability craved by authoritarians of the far-right. The Second Civil War itself would have a lasting impact on the culture of the United States; the music, literature, and scars of war lingering in the American psyche and leading to countless films, shows, books, and more recently, games. Its effects and outcome would play a decisive part in the following Second Weltkrieg (often grouped together as one war in popular culture, though in fact several consecutive wars.) Especially notable was the fact that in early 1936, the United States was barely even considered to be a great power.
Politically divided and suffering from a long and devastating economic depression, the United States was a weak country with a military smaller than Portugal’s, and an economy dwarfed by Germany’s. Yet for all its weaknesses, the world recognized its potential for power. The Reichspakt, Entente, and Internationale, as well as other, unaligned yet ambitious nations, all watched it closely, wary that control of the country could lead to a decisive edge in the inevitable war in Europe which hung on the horizon.
Pictured: The United States in 1936.