Germany is completely responsible for the outbreak of world war I. They are responsible because of three reasons one of the reasons is the Blank Check, the ultimatum, and the Schiefflen plan. Therefore it is completely valid to claim that Germany is responsible for the outbreak of world war I.
The Blank Check was a sympathy card given to Austria Hungary from Germany. Germany gave unconditional support to Austria Hungary. Germany gave the support to Austria Hungary because of the assassination of archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 18, 1914. Kaiser Wilhem had an emotional connection with archduke. He was upset when he had heard the news of the assassination. He Described the Serbians as “bandits” and “murderers”(stoessinger pg 3). He wanted revenge and he though that the assassination represented a thread to the monarchical principle. He wanted Austria to punish Serbia. He thought that he world would be sympathetic about it. Germany was responsible for the outbreak of world war I because Germany did not fully explain what did the Black Check meant to Austria Hungary. That’s why Austria Hungary took advantage and thought they will win against Serbia because they had all the support from Germany. Austria Hungary felted powerful for having Germany on its side and did what they pleased without any restriction. Germany opened the doors leading to war and didn’t gave Austria Hungary restrictions on the Blank Check.
The ultimatum is another reason why Germany is held responsible for the outbreak of war world I. The ultimatum was written by Berchtold and send to Serbia. The ultimatum was harsh and was made to reject. Meaning that Berchtold made it harsh because he knew that Serbia will reject it. After the ultimatum was send Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany gave all the support to Austria and they didn’t have the thought that Russia was getting involved. Russia have gotten involved because they were a big brother to Serbia. Sazonov the foreign...
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