World War 1-Who Was to Blame

Powerful Essays
World War 1-who was to blame?

World War 1 broke out when the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip in 1914, whose organization implicated members of Serbian military. For this reason, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, supported by Germany. This triggered chain reaction, nations in Europe declaring war on the other nations, which, with in a month, caused Europe to turn into a battlefield. The Great War was ended, when the Treaty of Versailles and several other treaties were signed in 1919 and Germany was fully held responsible for causing the war. But it is not justified, that Germany, and Germany alone, should be held responsible for the outbreak of the war, even though her military expansion, nationalism and imperialism have built tension throughout Europe. It was not only Germany who wanted to expand their empire or wanted to be the world power and also, the entangled alliance system was another cause of the war, and additionally, made the war ineluctable.

Germany’s new Kaiser’s, Kaiser Wilhelm II, ambitious of Germany becoming the world power (nationalism), envying the British navy and her colonies, has immensely expanded the military, both navy and army, causing tension and, eventually, arms race between nations in Europe. The naval arms race was the so called the Anglo-German arms race, between the Great Britain and Germany. In the early 20th century, a new generation of battleship was invented, the British ‘Dreadnought’. The arms race begun when the German navy responded to the British Dreadnought with their Nassau class in 1907, followed by the Helgoland class in 1909. 4 German ships were constructed in 1908, which made the British navy nervous, fearing that the German fleet would soon become invincible. Since than, the naval arms race begins between Germany and Great Britain. Germany’s act of building a vast fleet has threatened the British Empire, fearing Germany’s fleet would invade



Bibliography:      Murray, 1996. "Dreadnought." Wikipedia. 8 Sept. 2008. 14 Sept. 2008      .      Murray, 1996. "Origins of World War 1." Wikipedia. 9 Sept. 2008. 14 Sept. 2008      . "World War 1." Wikipedia. 12 Sept. 2008. 14 Sept. 2008      . "Source 13." Chart. GCES-Modern World History. 1996. By Ben Walsh. London:      Hodder Murray, 2001 "World War One Causes." History on the Net. 15 Mar. 2007. 14 Sept. 2008      .

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    The Cold War is the name that is given to the relationship between the USSR and the USA after World War II. It was essentially an ideological struggle between the USSR and the USA. Both the sides were trying to impose their political model as the dominant global one. For over 40 years (1945-1989) the USSR was in constant conflict with the USA, but it was a conflict that never ended up as open warfare. It stayed as a “Cold War” as both sides were trying to destroy each other through economic and political…

    • 1044 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Who was to blame for the cold war? Generally it is not a great idea to blame just one party for something. I feel the same way about the cold war. I believe all parties involved were equally to blame in the cold war. This will be illustrated in my essay. However, there are three divisions of western historians when it comes to their opinion on the Cold War, the Traditionalists, the Revisionists and the Post-Revisionists. Each party has their own opinion on who was actually to blame for the Cold…

    • 2566 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Who was most to blame for the Cold War? The Cold War was the tense relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR) during the 46-year period following the World War II's end, but before the end of the Soviet Union. It refers to the time between 1945 and 1991. The war was unlike any other war, because the two countries' armies never directly went to war with each other. Many people feared that the relations would end in a nuclear war, but that never happened. The meaning of ‘Cold…

    • 516 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Who Was To Blame For The Cold War? The blame for the Cold War cannot be placed on one person -- it developed as a series of chain reactions as a struggle for supremacy. It can be argued that the Cold War was inevitable, and therefore no one's fault, due to the differences in the capitalist and communist ideologies. It was only the need for self-preservation that had caused the two countries to sink their differences temporarily during the Second World War. Yet many of the tensions that existed…

    • 1640 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    During the Cold War, both USA and USSR have faults. But Stalin's action was most to blame. He has the most aggressive actions compared to the actions done by USA. He did not keep his promise which he had agreed at the Yalta Conference. He had dominated the countries in East Europe and spread Communism, causing dictatorship and people imprisoned due to the disloyalty towards Stalin. Also, a lot of Stalin's actions had offense USA. However, things done by Truman such as the propagandas posted and increased…

    • 822 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    The Cold War extended from a period which started at end of the Second World War (1945) until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989. During this time there was a sustained state of political and military tension between the two different world powers, NATO (Mainly led by the United States and its Western allies), and the Eastern European Block (led by Soviet Union, its mainly communist and socialist allies). It is defined as “a state of tension between states, which behave with great distrust and…

    • 1441 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Who is to blame and what triggered this minor event to lead into the outbreak of World War 1? June 28th 1914: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife by a Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip. Austria-Hungary saw this as an opportunity to take hostile actions against Serbia to get rid of the Slavic Nationalist movement. What started off as a minor dispute in the Balkans ended up as one of the most inglorious wars in history including all major European powers…

    • 1528 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Ww1 and Who Was to Blame

    • 593 Words
    • 3 Pages

    First World War was a devastating war that effected many places and also very many lives. Because of the effects of the war people were determined to search for the country that was to blame for all the disaster created. The outbreak was contingent on a determining number of factors. These factors included nationalism that was being spread throughout Europe during the time before World War I had started and the alliance system. Although Germany was not all to blame for the outbreak of World War I, it…

    • 593 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Germany’s Burden World History II May 10, 2011 World War I, lasting from 1914-1918, is a war that will definitely be remembered for years to come. After the allies had won the war after four long years Germany was the country that received the full blame for the war, but the question arises if it’s safe to say that Germany had totally caused World War I. In actuality, Germany had never asked or wanted a war. Germany was only honoring the Triple Alliance of 1882…

    • 1257 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Was Germany to Blame For World War II? Germany is often solely blamed for the outbreak of World War. However, there are several factors which contributed to the occurrence of the war. Although the purpose of the Treaty of Versailles (1919) was to ensure Germany could never start another war, it indirectly contributed to World War Two. Germany was unhappy with the terms of the treaty, especially the War Guilt Clause and the huge amount of reparations that had to be paid to the Allies. At this time…

    • 656 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays