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Do you believe that Germany caused World War 1?

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Do you believe that Germany caused World War 1? In 1914, World War 1 broke out between six main countries. These were Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy. The murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was what triggered off the war but I am here to discuss how there was a lot more to it than the murder of just one man. Germany did not cause the war alone, as will soon come clear. Germany felt encircled, as there was a strong friendship between Russia to the east of Germany and France to the west. Germany felt it was their attempt to surround and threaten them and as Germany was already jealous of the huge build-up of arms in Russia, there was an immediate rivalry between them. Germany had always been very jealous of Britain too because of its good overseas colonies. Germany got together with Italy, because they too wanted an overseas empire and they admired Germany's growing power. Austria also felt angry due to the Serbs becoming more powerful and as Russia was friends with the Serbs, they stuck on Germany and Italy's side. ...read more.

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Germany also had wishes for a big empire in Africa and as Britain and France both controlled some parts of Africa they both felt threatened. For France, this was not the first time as in 1871 Germany stole Alsace and Lorraine from France. They did not want this happening again. France wanted to seek revenge. Before 1908, the Turkish Empire controlled the Balkans and when they collapsed, Austria-Hungary and Russia began rubbing their hands together; they both wanted to take control. Austria-Hungary was the more advanced and they took over Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia was home to many Serbians. Russia was very annoyed, they felt they should be ruling a lot more of the Balkans as not only were they very good friends with Serbia, they had the same culture and spoke the same Slavic language. Austria-Hungary didn't want Russia to attempt to take over so issued an Ultimatum to Russia and Serbia. They backed down as Austria-Hungary had back up from Germany and though they had France on their side, they did not yet feel strong enough. From 1908-1912 tension was building up dramatically in the Balkans. ...read more.

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They were hidden among the crowds. After a bomb was thrown at the car, injuring several people, the cars decided to take a different route. A terrorist called Princip shot the Archduke and his wife, Sophie as it was reversing due to taking a wrong turning. It was all the six countries together who caused World War 1; jealousy, wanting for power, rivalry between countries, and the need to be number one are why the countries came together to form two groups; the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente. It is true that Germany was probably the most power-wanting out of all the six countries, but the beginning of the war would not have started if it wasn't also for Austria-Hungary, France and Britain. They all had so much hatred for each other and if it wasn't for the fact that Germany's navy wasn't good enough in 1905, the war would have started back then. There wasn't a main reason for the war to begin, it never begun just because of a murder; that was just a mere excuse to begin the attack. It is amazing to think how mans need for power can lead to a World War that will never be forgotten. GCSE History Jennifer Graham 10p ...read more.

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