In the early twentieth century, dispute for territories with potential in raw materials and new markets was eminent in Europe. In 1914, begins the first of two major wars that marked the world, particularly Europe. Political, economic and territorial interests secretly allied to the assassination of the Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, are primary agents of World War I, leading to the participation of Portugal, together with other countries in the conflicts of 1914-1918.

Given the dissatisfaction of defeat in the first war, fear about the spread of communism and the fragility of liberal economies in 1939, Hitler annexed Poland, beginning World War II. Soon, France and England, and later the USSR, get involved in the conflict, forming strategic factions trying to prevent Germany’s imperial growth. The military conflict ends in 1945, with the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, giving the victory to the Allied forces.

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