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France Did not start WW1

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Bryn Tucker

on 14 October 2012

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France did not start WWI Germany declared war on France first. They did so because the Russians had started mobilizing their troops first all along their border with Germany and Austro-Hungary. As part of the Schleiffen plan to attack France to avoid war on two fronts. Germany in this case is the aggressor for attacking France. Reason 1 Reason 2 France is justified in pursuing its national interests. France's national interests were protecting itself from another war by being in an alliance with another country. France also wanted to regain the territory of Alsace and Lorraine. The only way would be to regain it through war, but they didn't think they would be able to regain it from the Germans. The catalyst for the start of WWI was the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand.

Every major power in Europe had a reason why they wanted to go to war for example Austro-Hungary wanted control over the Balkans, Germany had a desire for greater power, this started the naval race with Britain, Britain made better warships, Russia wanted to restore national prestige after almost a decade of civic disorder and losses to the Japanese. France is justified Duffy, Michael. "http://www.firstworldwar.com/origins/causes.htm." The First World War. N.p., 22 August 2009. Web. 10 Oct 2012.

N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct 2012. <http://storiesofusa.com/ww1-battles-timeline-world-war-1-1914-1918/>. References In 1871 the French and the Prussians went to war and the Prussians defeated France and made a new nation state of Germany. Obviously France had a desire for revenge following the defeat. Russia and France had an alliance that made France have to support the Russians in the Balkans if there was confrontation. Germany being in the middle of continental Europe wanted a strong alliance system in the interest that if war broke out they could rely on someone to have their back, either Russia or Austria. By the time WWI started Germany had only Austria on their side because Russia and Austria disliked each other because each one wanting the Balkans. Two main alliances were made the Triple Entente (Russia, Britain and France) and the Central powers (Germany, Austria and the Ottoman Empire)
From this evidence here alliances had a much bigger impact in bringing the World to war than just single countries.
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