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'Germany started World War One' Do you agree?' Below is a short sample of the essay "'Germany started World War One' Do you agree?'". If you sign up you could be reading the rest of this essay in under two minutes. Registered users should log in to view the full essay. ... ny had not offered its support, Austria-Hungary may not have took action against Serbia, and World War One may not have occurred. All of these short-term factors initiated by Germany, played a major role in the outbreak of the war, as they brought the countries of the Triple Entente together, united by their suspicions of the Kaiser's ambitions. Thus, making it more likely that if a country was attacked, that their allies would intervene in the war, therefore, geographically expanding a future conflict. ...read more.


It created many crises, which served to heighten tension, and was the factor behind the immediate short-term event that triggered off the war. Serbia had ambitions of uniting all Serbs and Croats in a South Slav kingdom. This caused tensions as it would involve taking territory from Austria-Hungary and if the Serbs and Croats achieved inde. We'll start with the facts and work back: it may make it all the easier to understand how World War One actually happened. The events of July and early August 1914 are a classic case of "one thing led to another" - otherwise known as the treaty alliance system. The explosive that was World War One had been long in the stockpiling; the spark was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. ...read more.


Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary, was moved to comment that he had "never before seen one State address to another independent State a document of so formidable a character." Austria-Hungary's expectation was that Serbia would reject the remarkably severe terms of the ultimatum, thereby giving her a pretext for launching a limited war against Serbia. However, Serbia had long had Slavic ties with Russia, an altogether different proposition for Austria-Hungary. Whilst not really expecting that Russia would be drawn into the dispute to any great extent other than through words of diplomatic protest, the Austro-Hungarian government sought assurances from her ally, Germany, that she would come to her aid should the unthinkable happen and Russia declared war on Austria-Hungary. Germany readily agreed, even encouraged Austria-Hungary's warlike stance. Quite why we'll come back to later. ...read more.

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