World War I


The Fallout of the Versailles Peace Conference was more than anyone had expected. The infamous “Guilt Clause” had led to more repercussions than had been expected. Sure, Germany played a major part in the War and could be blamed for its beginnings. Many believed that war could have been avoided if Germany was not involved. But was Germany completely to blame? Could conflict and the Great War have been avoided if Germany had minded its own business? Were they fully deserving of the fault for War? Or was the whole world, not just the Balkans, a “Powder Keg”, filled with alliances, imperialism, nationalism, and militarism, waiting for a spark to set it off? Was the entire world to ...

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it had many enemies. France was the most notable, eager for revenge from its defeat. because of its foes, Germany sought out protection. It allied itself with Austria-Hungary in what was known as the Dual Alliance. But the rest of Europe was caught up in alliance fever as well. England and France, had an understanding, or Entente, as well as France and Russia. But Russia was also tied secretly to Germany. So in the years leading up to the War, enemies were connected throughout Europe to Germany. It was like “Six Degrees of Kaiser Wilhelm”. The dangerous alliances would be ended by the time war would begin, but the connections that remained are contributed with the fast spread of the war. The tensions among Europe increased, waiting to be set off.
On June 28, 1914, the spark was lit. Nationalism among Balkan nations was growing, due to the plan of Austria to absorb Bosnia and Herzegovina and combine the remaining countries into one state. The Slavs in those areas felt ...

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was deeply involved in the causes, so much so that it has been considered the root of the troubles. Fearing that Ferdinand’s death would cause the Hapsburg family to look weak, they took action. Austria-Hungary was wary of declaring war with Russia looming on the horizon, but Germany promised to defend them if they needed. Germany also promised to support Austria if the conflict escalated. Many believe that Germany did not need to do this, but the Web Site “Germany During World War One” shows that indeed they did. If they had not made such an offer, or if Austria refused it, it would result in the breakdown of the Dual Alliance, thus leaving Germany with enemies on all sides. ...

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