Since the late 19th century and early 20th century, there has been major tension within Europe. With many countries making alliances, building up better and stronger navies or armies and fighting over land was all recipe for disaster and ultimately led to a World War. In 1871 when Germany unified, many tensions grew in Europe as other countries such as Russia and France saw this young power house country coming through. Germany was not only wealthy, it was industrialized, had lots of resources, a very strong economy and a few years after unification became one of the super power countries. This made other European powers such as Britain, France and Russia threatened.
Another cause was Nationalism, germany mostly. Germany because they were a fairly new country who wanted to prove themselves as a nation. The final cause was imperialism. which was happening all over the place and it made countries scared their land might be attacked. World War One was not only caused by an assassination but was caused by alliances made throughout Europe along with insane nationalism, extreme militarism and frantic imperialism.
The division of... ... middle of paper ... ...lliance with Germany who also went to war with Serbia. I believe that this was the spark that triggered war and caused it to be declared but not a main long term cause like the alliance system. In conclusion, the causes of World War One included many factors both long term and short term. Some factors go deeper and contributed to the tension and rivalry developing in the nineteenth century among the Great Powers stage. Such as things involving politics, cultures, economics and what I believe to be the most important, the alliance system; lots of other factors tie in with the complex web of alliances.
Did Germany cause World War 1? Although in the Treaty of Versailles Germany was to accept full responsibility for World War 1 this in not necessarily the case. Many factors have to be taken into account when considering the cause of World War 1. Germany may have been primarily responsible for the war but the other major powers must accept some of the blame for failing to prevent it. The conflict resulting from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinard should have been local and confined but due to a series of factors, militarism, the alliance system, nationalism, this one incident led to the greatest war Europe had ever seen.
The arms race between Britainand Germanyappears to be a significant factor to the cause of WW1. Each country tried to out produce the other. From 1906 onwards both Britainand Germanywere producing powerful ships and the European countries knew that they were preparing for a war that was to escalate very soon. Britainwas wondering why Germanywanted such a big navy, unless the Kaiser was planning on attacking the British navy. This produced a lot of mistrust and jealousy between the countries.
No one power was more to blame than the other, as a chain reaction of events, which began long before the July Crisis seemed to show the true origins of WWI. Germany was no more to blame than the other great European powers and other aspects such as militarism and nationalism, which evidently played a key role in creating an atmosphere of paranoia as to who was going to make the first strike. David Lloyd George describes it best his memories in suggesting that “all the nations of Europe slithered over the edge of the boiling cauldron of war in 1914.”
The fact that there were two alliances had led countries to frame their foreign policies according to the situation in which they faced. An example of this was when the Franco-Russo Alliance was formed, which caused Germany to be in fear of encirclement. As a result, Germany evoked hostility amidst its neighbours. Thus, this demonstrates that the alliance system was a cause of WWI because it created unnecessary tensions throughout Europe – thus, a cause of WWI. Among the other problems of the alliance system were the expectations of the countries that had plunged into war.
Germany and Taking Responsibility for World War I The outbreak of World War One in August 1914 caught European politicians by surprise: the German attack on Belgium, as a prelude to their attack on France, was almost the last in a series of events that dragged the world into war. Thus the attack on Belgium was exactly the reason the English needed to enter the war. But the question remains as to whether Germany should be held accountable for this war. Unfortunately during June, August 1914 the peace was balancing itself on a pinhead. All that was needed was one unfortunate event to knock the peace out of balance.
World War One was greatly influenced by many factors, and in many ways. National interest ignited the mistrust and insecurities within nations, which in turn led to the creation of strong alliances and immense military forces. The growing suspicion Britain had of Germany only heightened the wariness and uncertainty of nations. The means, by which individual nations dealt with the issues within themselves, and outside of their boundaries, in the years preceding World War One, were irrational and improperly thought through. Nations fell into a strong ultra nationalistic point of view, and acted in a way which expressed interest in themselves only.
Germany’s new identity was a huge step in the country becoming one nation, but it also made the country dangerous. Germany’s will to gain more power got the attention of other great nations, who started watching Germany. Germany’s increase in military power and industrial expansion started to become a threat with other countries that feared Germany would gain too much power. For Germany to continue their quest for power they had no choice but to go to war. Germany’s rise to become a great nation through expansion was a tough battle for the country.