To what extent was Germany responsible for the tension between the European powers (1900-1913)?
Tension was rife between the main powers within Europe and their hold over their empires and states. Many of the alliances of the time created enemies, generating huge tensions, with Germany often feeling isolated and betrayed. Germany gravely feared an encirclement and attack upon her borders; it was evident that war was going to break out, it was just a matter of when and how, leaving many tactics and outbreaks responsible for the biggest War at which the World had ever seen, including that of Germany and her neighbours.
Unlike that of World War 2, the causes of World War 1 were vast and very complicated. In order to prevent war (which was successful for many years beforehand), the powers of Europe had been divided into two main camps; The Triple Alliance between Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary and The Triple Entente of Britain, France and Russia. These caused great tension between many of the European neighbours, however, no more were these a fault of Germany in particular, these tensions that had arose were responsible to each nation at which entered it; they often knew the consequences if their alliance partner was to act a certain way or enter into a war. Each member of the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria and Italy) promised to help the others if they were attacked by another country. Whereas the Triple Entente was less structured, and was more of an understanding between the members within it (Britain, Russia and France). They supported each other, but did not owe full allegiance if war was to break out, from this it can be seen that these countries were less responsible towards aggression, as they did not have the full backing of others, that is, unless it was in the Entente’s interests. Therefore in particular, the Triple Alliance was responsible for much of the tension between the European powers pre WW1. Many sources believe that...
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