It's Germany's Fault?!

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It's Germany's Fault?!

World War I commenced from many significant events. Murder, militarism, alliances, nationalism, imperialism, predictions, and plans were all key factors in the start of WWI. All of the European countries involved in alliances each had a part to contribute to who-to-blame for beginning the war. War was unavoidable with the way each country was acting based on pre-judgments and precautions. Germany is the country that gets the most blame for starting the Great War for many reasons. A lot of contradiction occurs on the issue of blame but when you really bring all the factors together, the Central Powers and Allies during WWI made equal if not lesser contributions.

WWI started because of control and power urges. Germany and Britain, as well as the rest of the European countries, were in a competition of navy and army populations, colonialism, and power. WWI also initiated from the murder of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, on a visit to Sarajevo by Serbian nationalist, Gavilo Princip. This caused Germany to react and send a blank check to Austria, stating it was okay to move against Serbia. An ultimatum given to Serbia was difficult to accept so Serbia rejected, therefore, war between Austria and Serbia began. Because Germany was allies with Austria, it also got involved with the argument and saw the war as an opportunity to initiate war on their European enemies. This could be reason #1 to blame the country of Germany for the Great War.

Feeling threatened by war around them, many countries included in the Central Powers and Allies developed plans based on military skills, predictions, and knowledge of territory and landscapes around the country. For example, France developed Plan 17 in which they decided to charge into Germany unexpected, force them to surrender, and come back home. Britain depended on the British Expeditionary Force, which was having about 150,000 professional soldiers armed and ready to go...
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