World wars and conflicts have shaped the course of history as countries stuggle to maintain a balance of power. In this section topics such as the Korean War, Vietnam and both World Wars are explored.
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Other Conflicts

Appeasement, in international relations, the act of yielding to a foreign government's demands in an effort to eliminate grievances that might lead to war.

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