Germany ultimately forced the U.S. to declare war on them. Germany’s broken policies and the decoded Zimmerman note were the major causes of Woodrow Wilson’s declaration of war. When the beginning of World War I came around, it was a very difficult time for everyone. President Wilson pledged a state of neutrality on behalf of the United States and had a vast majority of Americans backing him up in the meantime. However, it wasn’t long until tension started to rise up in America
This telegram stated that if the U.S had declared war on Germany, Mexico was encouraged to declare war on the U.S. This proposal had sparked an interest in Mexico due to the possibility of regaining lands lost to the United States during Mexican-American War. These lands included Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. According to another book by Tuchman, called The Zimmermann Telegram, before Mexico had a chance to realize that dream, the Zimmermann Telegram had been intercepted by the British. Britain, being an ally of the U.S, sent them the message that they blocked.
Hitler involved himself in The First World War and was very passionate about his Love for Germany and its purity. Hitler did not want to see Germany lose. Then because of this, after The First World War Hitler had become outraged by Germany surrendering and he desperately wanted a different ending. Therefore, Hitler was the leading cause in the making of The Second World War. The three most important aspects that helped Hitler win over the German people and start The Second World War was The Treaty of Versailles, the economic struggle of Germany, and his own family struggles.
Alliances are “a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes” (Dictionary). The first ever know alliance is dated back all the way to 502 BC. Alliances are also known to be one of the major reason World War 1 was started. This is said because Germany and France had accounter many problems with each other prior to the war (Llewellyn). This was because Germany felt as if France always interfered with everything they did and always stopped them from reaching their goal.
He was wise to tie Germany to Austria-Hungary because the two countries had similar goals, culture, rivals, and friends. By being tied to Austria-Hungary he gave himself an ally that would have his back and he kept the country at peace with other countries like Russia. Britain abandoned its policy of isolation in response to the growing threat of the German navy, economy, and tactics. The policies the British pursed were very wise because if Britain would have continued its isolation they would have fallen behind technology wise
‘The concept of total war originally emerged in the ideological and political context of the interwar period. It was not designed as a precise tool of academic analysis, but as a rhetorical’ During the Interwar period, the concept developed into ideas on how to prepare for a possible new conflict, especially in Germany there was a sense of that the country had not been willing to go far enough. ‘Eric Ludendorff saw ‘total war’ as the Great War done right.’ ‘Total war’ was to Ludendorff during the interwar period becoming an ideal where Germany could succeed if followed until the hostile nation was crushed. ‘He was convinced that to succeed, the nation would need a military dictatorship, and that ‘total war’ was total mobilization of all human material resources. ’ In a more modern context ‘The notion of ‘total war’ is commonly used within military history to describe a totality of effort, meaning the full mobilization of civil, economic and military sectors for war.’ This, however, is only one of several depictions of ‘total war’.
Alliances are nations that team up and help one another for a common goal, especially countries during a war. Alliances were designed to keep the peace, but not when rival alliances are formed (Causes of World War 1 Handout, pg 3 & 4). The Schlieffen Plan, created in 1905 by General count Alfred von Schlieffen, was a German war plan. The plan stated that Germany was to attack France then Russia to avoid war on two fronts. This of course got the French and the Russians mad so they teamed up and became apart of the alliance, the Triple Entente.
Even later, he thought the war had nothing to do with Britain and would be over quickly so he kept Britain neutral. If he had done something to make sure that it’s clear to Germany that any violation of Belgian territory would result in an automatic declaration of war by Britain, the Kaiser would not have been so keen to give Austria unconditional support against Serbia if he knew it would lead to war with Russia and its ally France. Germany was horrified when Britain declared war in 1914, having assumed that Britain would stay neutral. If they had known about Britain declaring war if Belgium was invaded, it’s doubtful that they would still continue to help Austria because of the threat to fight Britain and the other countries at the same time. To conclude, the war was simply a way to put international conflicts into a physical fight.
They were willing to drop everything and fight for Germany if their leader ordered them to. In addition to this, years before the war occurred, Hitler 's name and the Nazi swastika were inevitable throughout German towns (doc 7). This endowed the strong sense of nationalism within Germans. Their minds were trained to love Hitler and the Nazi Party due to their constant exposure to his name and symbol. Also years before World War II, a German newspaper accounted the Nazi Party Nuremberg Convention in 1936.
War broke out in 1914 due to forces that had been building up in Europe for years. While the Allies blamed Germany for the war too harshly, its actions certainly did directly contribute to World War I, as did those of Austria Hungary. However, each country involved fostered militarism in their country, and became in entrenched in the web of alliances and race for imperial power, all causes of the environment that led to the Great War. Therefore, it could be said that all European countries were responsible, in part, for World War I, as reflected in Documents 5, 6, and 7. Militarism, the glorification of the military, affected most of Europe at the turn of the twentieth century as demonstrated by Documents 1 and 7.