• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

France's relationship with Germany, and the outbreak of WWI

Extracts from this document...


France and the Outbreak of WAR! * Between [MLC1]gFrance & Germany there has always been friction and antagonism throughout the Nineteenth Century. * Both of the countries developed into modern industrial economies, allowing them both the power to conduct diplomatic agreements or disagreements and ultimately the power to wage WAR! * In 1851 France's population was slightly higher than Germany's, however by 1913 Germany's had just about doubled from 33m to 66m, whilst France's had only grown by approx, 4 million remaining at about 39m. * Germany's agriculture of grain had always outdone France's by more than triple, but the amount of wheat has been higher for French. * Germany's percentages of statistics were higher in general. * France Despised Germany for always beating them in everything. At this point France were ready for war. ...read more.


Dreyfus denied charges. French Intelligence forged documents. 22nd Dec 1894 Dreyfus was found guilty and sentenced to a deportation to a fortress prison. * 5th Jan 1895 Dreyfus was submitted to cashiering, to be publicly stripped of rank. 21st Feb 1895 Embarked for Devils Island. * Doubts of the Affair. Dreyfus' family were convinced of his innocence. In 1895 Major Picquart - Established that a mistake had been done. Family hoped for re-trial. It became clear when the German Embassy were still receiving secret documents. * 1896 a letter was found in a waste paper bin in the German Embassy; indicating that Esterhazy was a spy. Picquart amazed to find Bordereau and letter had both the same handwriting. * Major Henry, Esterhazy's co-worker in crime, was completely against Dreyfus and proceeded to forge documents. ...read more.


He died in 1935. * The French people now absolutely despised the Germans as an innocent man had been through so much and the treachery they had been put through. * Alsace- Lorraine to Franco- German relations. France annoyed, not allowed to have Alsace and Lorraine, which they previously owned. It was not a co-incidence that it was the centre of attention. France couldn't accept the fact that they had to give up 1-1/2 million people of their population in the loss of these provinces. * Zabern Incident. German officers of a small town, 'Zabern' in Alsace insulted and had their men beat up its citizens. There were protest and these people were later locked up. * As you can see from this list of events France had many reasons for why they hated Germany sop much. It was down to the fact that France wanted Revenge for the war of 1870. They despised the Germans for the acts of some individuals, and for the treatment the French received. [MLC1] ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. China's relationship with the West

    anti-Chinese demonstrations during President Zemin's visit would critically undermine relations between the two countries. 2) a) The Opium Wars demonstrate effectively the poor relationship between China and Western countries in the past. During the 19th century Britain, France, Germany and other countries began to trade with China.

  2. To what extent were germany to blame for the outbreak of ww1

    Therefore Germany had many reason to fight for Morocco. In 1905 the Kaiser visited the French ambassador in Tangier, he rode to tangier on a white charger, and this was a gift from the sultan. He told the sultan that Germany was aware of his independence and reminded him not

  1. Analyse and Discuss the Reasons Behind the Breakdown in the Relationship Between the United States a

    One interesting footnote to the Yalta Conference is that just two days after its conclusion the RAF and the USAAF, bombed the historic eastern German city of Dresden with horrific civilian casualties (around 25,000, although the precise figure was never known)

  2. Causes of WWI.

    When war was declared in August people involved on all sides felt that it would be a short war, and will be over by Christmas. In order for Germany to accomplish its Schlieffen Plan, Germany occupied Belgium. By August most of Belgium was under German occupation and the Schlieffen Plan

  1. To what extent were Germany to Blame for the Outbreak of WWI.

    He managed to convince the other European powers that Prussia's only ambition was to consolidate its gains and not to expand further. He also made a series of complex treaties with Russia, Austria and Italy. The basic outcome of this web of agreements was that Germany had a neutrality pact

  2. Was WWI a Total War for Britian?

    The government tried to fill these places with a previously untapped supply of labour - women. A move towards Total War can be seen here by the government harnessing yet another resource: in 1914, 212,000 women were employed in the munitions industry. By 1918, that number had risen to 919,000.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work