Germany had developed a plan of how to be victorious against Russia and France if they should ever be at war with each other. Germany’s disrespect for other countries, and especially their disregard of a neutral country, was adequately shown in this plan. Germany declared war on Russia, and later France. Germany had to invade neutral Belgium to get to France. When Great Britain heard of the invasion of Belgium, they decided to take action against Germany.
As Austria-Hungary went to war against Serbia; Serbia had alliances with France, Russia, Italy, and the Ottoman Empire to join the war on their side. Germany knowing that Russia was mobilizing its army, Kaiser Wilhelm II, sent a letter to Russia’s leader. Tsar Nicholas II ignored the letter and kept on mobilizing its army. Therefore, Germany put forth the Schlieffen plan, written in 1904 by Alfred von Schlieffen. This plan’s principle was getting German troops through Belgium and then the troops into France.... ... middle of paper ... ...was an immediate cause of the assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary let to how it was dealt with, July Crisis, in WW1.
The triple alliance, consisting of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy, promised military support should a foreign conflict pursue. Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Wilhelm II issued a “Blank Cheque” ((Berghan, Imperial Germany 1871-1914(1994)) in order to remain a faithful ally to a vital Austria-Hungary. This meant that Germany would provide Austria with full support. The “Blank Cheque” and suggestions provided by Germany ... ... middle of paper ... ...tionalistic and imperialistic intentions of the European nations, bears the most fault of the First World War. The tensions agitated by Serbia, ignited the fuse that brought about European destruction from the progression of alliances; thus rendering all nations subject to equal responsibilities associated with the war.
Causes of WW1 I think that the First World War was the product of long-standing rivalries rather than a badly mismanaged Balkan Crisis because it was these rivalries that led to the Balkan Crisis. The Balkan Crisis may appear mismanaged because previous crises such as those in Morocco in 1905 and 1911 did not result in war. In the July Crisis Austria-Hungary blamed Serbia for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) despite not having conclusive proof. Austria-Hungary asked for German support to "eliminate Serbia as a power factor in the Balkans". Germany agreed, offering her full support for Austria- Hungary to start a war with Serbia, and this became known as the "blank cheque".
Germany assured Austria full support, which resulted in an Austrian ultimatum that Serbia could not accept. Austria declared war on Serbia. Russia mobilized to defend Serbia, then Germany declared war on Russia. Germany also declared war on France. Germany wanted a quick defeat of France.
Yet not all the powers entered the First World War because of the Alliance System. Britain declared war on Germany because William II insisted on invading France viaç¹žç¶“ Belgium. Not only the Belgian neutrality but the British national security was threatened. Italy did not help Germany in 1914 because she had already reached secret agreements with France in 1900-02. To sum up, the Alliance System complicated the international relations of Europe and added fire to the outbreak of the First World War.
The policy was based on the League of Nations dealing with any countries, which were too powerful, but as the League of Nations failed, so did the ... ... middle of paper ... ...horrors. The British people also did not want war, and so were pressurising Chamberlain to avoid it. And at this time, Britain was unable to afford to rearm due to economic pressure. But the majority of these reasons are hardly to do with Chamberlain personally, as they had been forced upon him. In 1939 Chamberlain had given the Sudetenland to Hitler, this gave Hitler more confidence to attack more countries and to spread out further.
In this essay I will explain what Schlieffen plan was and why it did not work step by step.It began when Germany declare war on Russia and France. However their allies Britain and Belgium stepped in to help while Austro-Hungary was alliance to Germany. The Schlieffen plan had been created by Alfred Von Schlieffen but he had died before world war one started. The plan was meant to be foolproof. First of all, Germany planned to defeat France quickly by marching through Belgium before Russia could get involved.
The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand It made it impossible for the major powers to keep out of what should have been a small third Balkan war. This was because Austria, a major super power, had been embarrassed by little Serbia and had to deliver an ultimatum. Germany delivered the blank cheque to Austria, as she had to support ethnically other Germans who lived in Austria. The confidence of the blank cheque meant that Austria had to act and deliver a harsh ultimatum on Austria. Serbia couldn't take the blame for the whole of assassination but neither could it allow Austria to inspect it, they therefore didn't comply with the full 10 demands of the ultimatum.
His main evidence was the 'blank cheque' - when Germany supported Austria after they sent an ultimatum to Serbia which drew Germany into the First World War. This agreement almost guaranteed a War with Russia, which Fisher believed was hoped for. If War did not come about then Germany would at least have hoped to weaken the Entente and win a moral