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To what extent was Germany a cause of World War I

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To what extent Germany was a cause of World War I In the beginning of twenties century, our world become very unstable. The cause of world war one cannot be primarily attributed to any single act of any one nation. It was not only Germany's fault, butt still Germany and her foreign policy was on of the most important causes of this outbreak. This war was caused by long-term causes like euro arms race, militarism, nationalism, different regional crisis's and colonial rivalry of world powers and alliance systems between those powers. All this things gathered and were boiling until some short -term causes just blow up, and the war started. Before one can really answer the question as to Germany was responsible, it is important to look at the situation in Europe before the war started. Europe was divided by two alliances at this time, the Triple Alliance, of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy, and the Triple Entente, consisting of Great Britain, France and Russia. The Triple Entente countries had been established for a long time and Britain and France had many overseas colonies and huge empires. They were quite happy with the situation in Europe and would not have much reason to start a war, although France was quite keen to regain the industrial Alsace-Lorraine area, lost to Germany in a recent war so were looking to retaliate and gain more land for themselves. ...read more.

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Media played role of advertising nationalism among the people, righting stories about war and other things. Also nationalism took plays in small countries that was trying to become independent (Serbia, Bosnia) and for Slav countries that tried to unite Slav people. Germany took much pride in itself and in its army, and showed it regularly. This pride was a constantly emphasized by the Kaiser. He was preparing his country for war and showed it naturally through his pride in his accomplishments. The idea of colonizing is very much related to this idea. Germany was mentally ready for war, and according to the Kaiser Wilhelm II, war was the only possible next step. The alliance system failed to prevent war, perhaps only because Europe did not think it would spread outside the Austria-Hungary and Serbian borders. The alliances were made in secret and so produced much distrust and suspicion among the European powers. Their general suspicion prevented their diplomats to devise a suitable solution to many of the crises preceding the war. With the formation of the Triple Entente, Germany began to feel she was "encircled" by hostile powers. However the most important effect that the alliances was that since all the powers had made alliances with each other meant that a small dispute concerning only two powers might lead to war involving all the powers hence causing a "domino effect." ...read more.

Conclusion

The Balkan crisis revealed the extreme tensions and suspicions between the great powers and started the "arms race" which in effect prepared nations for World War I. The "arms race" which involved Britain, Italy, France, Russia, Austria- Hungary and Germany began in 1896 when Germany started to significantly expand its navy. Britain saw German "arms race" as a threat and also started to expand its army. The intensity to expand its army was only stimulated by each following major crisis, which developed during the period 1905-1913. Britain hardened its position towards Germany. Due to the large increase in expenditure on navies and armies together with transport and equipment Britain and the European nations were in fact preparing for a war, that they expected to happen at some stage Conclusion Yes by my opinion Germany was more responsible for the outbreak of war that others, but still if we look at the war, and discuss why this thing are happened we can see that all war not only because of Germany. All the powers are responsible for that with their foreign policy, nationalism, militarism, and conflicts. But Germany was one of those countries that started to do that. Bismarck's foreign policy, Germanys weltpolitik and at last theirs population opinion, they wanted to be the best. Erkin Berdalin, 11 october. ...read more.

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