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Was it Germany's Fault for starting WW1

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Philip Nahmias

on 21 December 2015

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Transcript of Was it Germany's Fault for starting WW1

Who caused W.W.1?
Is Germany to be blamed for World War I?
Background information on Germany
Germany at the time had a growing economy.
This led to:
rapid industrialization
expanding cities
a large working class
Germany's Economy
Time line
It took place in 1878. It's aim to reorganise the countries of the Balkans and Bismark oferred to serve as the "honest broker". Due to the fact that the result wasn't how Russia wanted it, it turned Russia against Germany.
Congress of Berlin
So there for is to be blamed for the First World War or has the biggest part of the blame.
It's political system was a Democratic Monarchy
Some wanted a more liberal democracy
The Prussian landowning class promoted militarism and allegiance to the Kaiser as well as were against the idea of a more liberal democracy
Bismark initiates his system of alliances that had secret clauses which led so suspicion among countries
Bismark Resigns in 1893
Second Naval Law
First Naval
Kruger Telegram in 1896
German Unification in 1871
The Naval Laws was Wilhelm II 's start of building the great navy he imagined Germany of having. This was also the starting point of the Naval Race between Great Britain and Germany
Naval Race
Wilhelm II starts his new policy Weltpolitik in 1897
First Moroccan Crisis in 1905
Wilhelm II 's interview with the "Daily Telegraph" in 1908
Second Moroccan Crisis in 1911
German War Council
German War Council took place in 1912. This is where it was decided that they would go ahead with the Schlieffen Plan but it was postponed for a year and a half in order for the German Navy to be ready to even fight the British one.
Schlieffen Plan
This was also the year that the Schlieffen Plan was drawn up. It was what was seen as the most effective plan in case of war and Germany having to fight against both France and Russia.
Congress of Berlin in 1878
Blank Cheque
It is the name given to the support Germany agreed to give to the Austro-Hungarian empire. It was given on the 5 of July 1914.It was also what made Austro-Hungary continue with the invasion of Serbia
The results of these two crisis were:
the Anglo-French entente became stronger,
the German public was not pleased with non of the outcomes from each crisis,
Germany was seen as a threat to world peace as it used threats of war very easily.
The 2 Moroccan Crisis
After the Schlieffen Plan was drawn up in the War Council it was decided that Germany would go ahead with this plan but that happened in 3 of August of 1914. Due to the fact that Germany invaded Belgium in order to reach France, had the result of forcing Great Britain in the war on the 4 of August 1914.
The Schlieffen Plan & the War Council
first of all increased tensions and suspicion among countries,
It followed an aggressive foreign policy after Bismarck resigned,
Wilhelm II had an arrogant behavior against Great Britain creating for Germany another enemy,
it created an Naval Arms race,
it gave the go ahead to Austro-Hungary to invade Serbia,
a war that could have been localized went to a European level due to all the alliances,
gave countries pretexts for them to go to war,
and was the first one to start fighting.
Summing up
text book
•Sheet provided “Background to World War I"
Source of Information
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