To What Extent Could Germany Be Blamed for Wwi

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Germany’s action and mistakes played a significant role in the outbreak of WWI. While their actions around the time were significant including their quest for nationalism, the strong systems of alliances and the military plans put in place by Germany, they are not totally to blame. Other countries actions such as England, Serbia and Russia must also take some responsibility for the outbreak of WWI. Extreme nationalism was a potentially explosive force around the early twentieth century; it was the cause of many quarrels between Germany and France, and eventually became a driving force for Germany to act upon France at the beginning of WWI. Many people were eager to take any action to further their own nation and were even ready to start wars to promote their nations interests. Nationalism stimulated Bismark’s original war with France over the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine. This event had a terrible effect on the relationship between the two countries and French nationalists believed that they could not rest until their fellow Frenchmen were no longer under the rule of Germany. Many historians believe that if Germany had not been so aggressive in annexing French territory, relations between France and Germany would not have been affected so badly and thus making them sworn enemies, France spoke about a ‘war of revenge’ against Germany to regain these ‘lost’ provinces. Germany felt isolated and threatened by the Triple Entente in early twentieth century and fought back with a very aggressive nature towards all involved. Europe at the time was divided into rival systems of military alliances, including Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy in the Triple Alliance, and Britain, France and Russia included in the Triple Entente. These alliances aimed to create peace and increase strength in international relations, however they only increased suspicion and fear of a
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