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"Wars frequently begin ten years before the first shot is fired." To what extent does this statement explain the outbreak of the First World War?

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HISTORY ESSAY "Wars frequently begin ten years before the first shot is fired." To what extent does this statement explain the outbreak of the First World War? World War I (WWI) is among the most destructive wars that mankind had ever witnessed and it is extremely important for us to understand why such a crime to humankind could have been committed so that we could prevent history from "repeating itself". The main objective of this essay is to assess the statement that "wars frequently begin ten years before the first shot is fired" in accounting for the outbreak of WWI. To have a complete, thorough understanding of the outbreak of WWI, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the background causes which made the war much more likely to happen. The best starting point should be in 1871 with the unification of Germany under Bismarck and the rapid rise of Germany as a major power in Europe. ...read more.

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on a large scale and it would be more likely since the powers had their allies thus more daring in waging a war. Even though these causes as presented preceded 10 years before the war broke out in 1914, it is absolutely necessary to mention them as without them, it is difficult to understand why there was such a war in 1914. In 1905, in a bold move, Kaiser Wilhelm II made very provocative move at the port of Tangier in Morocco, demanding privileges for German traders and offered help to the Moroccan Sultan against the French. However, the plan backfired as France's claim in Morocco was supported by both G.B and Russia so not only that the Kaiser antagonized himself, he got himself diplomatically isolated among the Major Powers and made a coalition between the three France, G.B and Russia possible as the Triple Entente was finally formed in 1907 as a defense against the Triple Alliance. ...read more.

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The Kaiser's aim was to disrupt France and to gain some land there but failed again as France received support from both of her Allies now who saw Germany as a big threat in Europe and they promised French firm military aid in the event of a war. A war has definitely started under the surface already. Then came the Balkan wars which were great successes for Serbia but then Austria feared that Serbia might be too strong and became a threat which should be "neutralized" as soon as possible. An understanding of this with the July Crisis definitely explained why there was a war which broke out in 1914. The July Crisis was mere "formality", a war has already begun at least ten years before 1914 because the tension between the powers was already at breaking point, war was certainly inevitable and it was only a matter of time that the war would breakout. Therefore the quote cited in the beginning is generally true in explaining the outbreak of WWI, however it is also necessary to take into account causes which were 10 years before the first short was fired. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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