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. However, this does not necessarily mean that Germany was solely to blame. None of the countries in the Triple Alliance were happy with the status quo at this time. The Alliance system was supposed to make sure that a war did not happen, because the risks involved would be too great. Instead, it made sure that, when two countries became involved in a dispute, the whole of Europe was drawn into war

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Short term reasons.

In 1914 June 28 The assassination of Archduke, Franz Ferdinand ocurred, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. This crisis was seen as the key event that meant the start of World War I. Austria-Hungary using the assassination, moved against Serbia, to resolve it's Balkan problems. Germany agreed to support Austria-Hungary resulting in unconditional support. Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to the Serbian prime minister, which contained impossible demands, provoking war with Serbia. However Serbia agreed to most of the demands. Germany advised Austria-Hungary to negotiate, but instead they declared war on Serbia on the 28th July ...

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