The Cause Of Ww1 Essay Research Paper

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The Cause Of Ww1 Essay, Research Paper The causes of W.W.I It is agreed by most that World War One was one of the most devastating events ever to take place on Earth, but the argument of which nation should carry the burden of responsibility continues on. However, many apparent facts show that this Great War would never would have happened had it not been for the actions of Germany and Austria-Hungry. Once the heir to their throne was assassinated, Austria-Hungry looked for no other possibility but war to solve the problem because of their shortsighted plan to rid themselves of a Slavic Nationalist movement. However, Austria-Hungry would never have started such a war had it not been for Germany’s assurance that they would finance the Habsburg war effort. The blame further

falls on Germany as Austria-Hungry wanted this war to be localized and it was the work of the Germans which took this small problem, isolated in the Balkans, to a much larger scale. In their pursuit of world domination, the Germans acted upon a plan to involve Russia and France in a Great War on the continent. Germany had been preparing for such an event since 1905. Although many claim that it was the bullet of Gavrilo Princip which started the war, it was Austria-Hungary’s actions thereafter which mobilized the whole continent for war. It is important to recognize the diplomatic relations between Serbia and Austria-Hungary before the outbreak of World War One. One word can describe it: tense. Serbia had recently gained independence and was stirring up a nationalist movement in

Austria-Hungary. Austria-Hungary was aware of this and knew they could not afford to lose 8 million Serbs at a time when they were finding it difficult to satisfy so many racial groups in their empire. There is no doubt that Austria-Hungary had a motive in wanting to rid themselves of this Slavic nation. In August of 1914 at the offset of WW1 when they declared war on Serbia, they claimed it was in retaliation of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination. This was not a valid reason for declaring war though because at the time, Austria-Hungary had no definitive proof that Serbia had any involvement in the assassination. The assassination of the Archduke was just the excuse Austria-Hungary needed to crush their Serbian neighbors. They made no attempt to resolve the situation by

diplomatic means except for a ridiculous ultimatum and had already requested the aid of Germany. Despite the fact that Austria-Hungary took no action to avoid a war, they knew that the area in which they were fighting was one in which the Russian’s took great interest. Berchtold, the Austrian foreign minister, was well aware that any move onto Serbia would not be taken lightly by Russia but he felt that retaliation would not take place for years. Austria-Hungary gambled on a localized war but was fully aware of the risk they were taking in starting a World War. Unfortunately, millions of people died because of Berchtold’s gamble. Had it not been for Austria-Hungary’s reaction to the assassination, World War One may never have taken place. Austria-Hungary, although intent on

crushing their Serbian neighbors, may not have done so had it not been for the encouragement given them by the Germans. It was because of Germany issuing them a “blank check” did Austria-Hungary feel confident enough to issue Serbia an ultimatum that no self-respecting nation would agree to. In fact, it was because of the pressure placed on Austria-Hungary by the Imperial Chancellor Bethman that Austria-Hungary decided to go to war. That we took our decision to go to war on the strength of the express statements both of the German Emperor and of the German Imperial Chancellor that they regarded the moment as suitable and would be glad if we showed ourselves in earnest . This comment made by Austria-Hungary’s foreign minister shows that Germany was defiantly a culprit in