Why did world war 1 break out in 1914? I think the reason why world war 1 broke out In 1914 was because was to do with the making up of Alliances which caused all the countries to fight for the country they had made a treaty with but there are many reasons that build up to the great war. Alliances are agreements or promises to defend another country when in need. There were two alliances the Triple Alliance which consisted of Germany, Austria and Hungary and also Italy whereas the Triple Entente was made up of Britain, France and Russia. The Alliances were made to protect the country when in war or whilst away and fighting.
The First World War was one of the largest conflicts that the world has ever seen; there is much dispute over who was really to blame for the start of World War One. Naturally, the blame traditionally falls to the Germans, but were they really to blame for escalating the conflict that was already turning global with Russia mobilizing their army and being ready to help Serbia? The reasons for Germany wanting to start a war were mainly their jealousy of Britain’s Empire and wealth. They were also feeling threatened by France and Russian on its eastern and western borders. Germany had to either get involved in the war and be on the front foot against France and Russia, or they could wait until they were attacked and be unprepared.
The fact that the September Programme detailed territories in Northern France, Belgium and buffer states between them and Russia (such as Poland) very much show that Germany’s expansionist aims would cause a general European war. Fischer also found later on in Riezler’s diary entries (Bethmann Hollweg’s advisor) the word ‘Kriegswilligkeit’ which translates to willingness for war appears on several occasions. Even Source 3 that argues for shared guilt still shows that German was still heavily involved, because although James Joll argues that von Tirpitz hoped Germany’s naval forces would be so strong that ‘no British government would risk going to war’, it doesn’t mention the War Council meeting of 1912. At this meeting von Tirpitz claimed that it
In contrast, during World War II the war was started because Germany was upset with the Treaty of Versailles, the treaty that ended World War I, not because of their commitment to their allies. Some people might argue that World War II was also started because of allies since Germany and Italy were allies but during the War these two countries acted in their own interest more then they did in World War I. When the World War I started the countries of Europe were eager to go to war because there wasn’t a war in Europe for quite along time. The men had a romanticized view of the way war was fought. They thought they were going to put on their uniforms and the girls would love them.
The outbreak of war in Europe in 1914 was due to an aggressive German foreign policy which had been waged since c.1900. How far do you agree with this opinion? It has been a matter of controversy within Germany on whether or not they went to war with aggressive or defensive intentions. Source V seems to be of the opinion that Germany went to war solely for defensive reasons due to the extensive array of alliances that encircled the country as well as diplomatic tension in Europe. Source W seems to take the opposite approach deeming how Germany’s aggressive actions since the turn of the century resulted in war.
This telegraph which showed a potential alliance about to be formed between Mexico and Germany eventually became the deciding factor that led them to the war. This was a significant threat to the geographical position of Mexico. This led to America being forced to act as it was also a direct violation of the Monroe Doctrine and it was a direct threat to US citizens so the US. These events both had severe potential consequences from Mexico and Germany to America’s trade and security so it had no choice but to go to war. There were also economic reasons.
The war guilt and reparation clauses also had a great impact on Germany. Many groups believed that Europe had slid into war and that it was not one country's fault since most were involved in the arms race and alliance system. Therefore they believe that as Germany did not single-handedly start the war, they should not have to take the full blame for it. In addition, the
Explain why you chose this country. I chose Germany because it was surrounded by the other alliance (Triple Entente) which means Germany would need a stronger navy to face the other countries within that alliance. c. Based on the state of the arms race in 1914, if you were a German citizen, how would you feel? Explain why. If I were a German citizen I would feel scared that Great Britain has the world’s naval power and is not apart of our alliance but also proud that Germany was able to get to second after building their first two battleships the Nassau and the Westfalen.
It was not until the 4th August, where the British declaration of war was announced. Why Britain joined the Great War is debatable and historians have come up with numerous reasons such as the threat of Germany, due to public opinion and was it over the invasion of Belgium? Each of these reasons and more I will discuss in the following paragraphs. Furthermore the impending threat of Germany was seen to be a reason for Britain going to war. According to Ferro in his book 'The Great War' he suggests that England felt threatened by Germany due to the unprecedented economic strides the country made between 1880 and 1914, although Germany did not have a financial base on the same scale as Britain's economic power.
Sadeed Bari WHY DID EUROPE GO TO WAR IN 1914 CHC2D1-01 2010-09-20 World war one also known as “The Great War” and the war to end all wars started in 1914. There were four main reasons which started the war; Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism and Nationalism. One cause of tension was Militarism. This means that the belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain strong military capabilities and be prepared to use it to defend or promote country’s interests. An example for this is the dreadnaughts between Germany and Britain.