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How Far Was Germany to Blame for Causing War?

  • Date Submitted: 03/17/2010 07:16 AM
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How far was Germany to blame for causing war?
This essay will discuss that Germany didn’t take full responsibility for causing World War 1 and that Austria, Italy, Britain, Russia and France took part in the responsibility as well. Germany was only partly to blame for causing World War 1. All of the big nations in Europe before World War 1 displayed militarism, nationalism and imperialism. All had strong military alliances. This essay will demonstrate that all the nations were guilty in causing the war.
The six main countries in Europe: Germany, Austria, Russia, France, Britain and Italy were proud of their armies and war. For instance, Germany, in 1871, seized Alsace-Lorraine from France after winning the Franco-Prussian War. To protect herself, Germany formed an alliance with Austria and Russia: The Dreikaiserbund. Germany and Austria also had an alliance with Italy, the Triple Alliance. However, Britain refused to take sides. Therefore, Germany and France here are responsible for causing war because Germany had too much pride in her country because she won the Franco-Prussian War and France hated Germany for seizing Alsace-Lorraine. This is linked to the idea of alliances because Germany had to form alliances to protect the nation.
All of the countries had to form alliances to stay safe. For example, going back before World War 1 started, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, aged 51, who was heir to the Austro Hungarian Empire decided to visit Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia, with his wife Sophie, to make an inspection of the Austro-Hungarian troops there. The inspection was scheduled to the 28th of June 1914. A Serbian terrorist group called the Black Hand had decided that the Archduke should be assassinated. Seven young men who were trained in bomb throwing were stationed along the rate that Franz Ferdinand’s car would follow from the City Hall to the inspection. The first two terrorists were unable to throw their grenades because the streets were too crowded...

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