Was Germany to Blame for the Start of World War One?

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Was Germany to blame for the start of world war one? Germany was to blame for the First World War, but only to a certain extent. Germany was not solely to blame, but did contribute greatly to the sequence of events that led to war. Germany were a major contributor to the Arms Race, caused tension between many European countries, made alliances, were extremely nationalistic and encouraged Austria – Hungary to declare war on Serbia. In 1904, Germans were encouraged to become nationalists. Nationalists believed that their country was superior to other countries. Nationalism made citizens become bellicose and more antagonistic towards other countries. Germans were led to think that war was a glorious thing. Militarism played an immense part in the start of the Great War and without it, there was a chance that the war would have never have lasted as long as it did. Militarism is when an entire country is in love with the idea of war. Soldiers were considered to be very god-like, and citizens only focused on the favourable aspects of war: serving one’s country and being honoured .In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, both France’s and Germany’s armies had nearly doubled in size due to militarism. Germany was in competition with France to obtain Europe’s largest army. The country also felt threatened as its neighbouring country, Russia was part of the Triple Entente and was itself building up a vast army. Keeping a strong army was important to Germany because it helped to demonstrate to the rest of the world that they were a rising power. In addition, Germany was also in competition with Great Britain. At the time Britain had the largest navy; something Germany envied. Once Britain started introducing their new battleships, named the Dreadnoughts, Germany followed suit. This shows that Germany had to have everything that Britain had so if they declared war, Britain
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