How Did Germany Shaped World War I?

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World War I was the benchmark of warfare in Europe and was also the predecessor to World War II. There’s been a debate going around on whether or not German started World War I, as it was one of the key opponents of the war to the Allied Powers. World War I was a stand-off between the Central Powers and the Allied Powers, which was meant to be a quick war after the assassination of the Archduke of Austria. World War I was started by Germany because Germany was behind a lot of tension before the war started, they were the first to declare war the major countries of Europe, and they were the main enemies focused to end the war.
While possibly not directly, Germany’s actions influenced a lot of countries for a war before officially starting the war. Several days after the Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Serbia, Germany sends Austria-Hungary a blank check to show support ("World War I History"). Unfortunately, the blank check is interpreted wrong as a statement of money to fund a war. This resulted in Austria announcing war against Serbia for killing their archduke. In the same boat of influence came the attitude of Germany. While many Germans themselves were indifferent to war, …show more content…

By the end of the war, Germany was the country that had signed the armistice on November, 11th 1918 after America had chased Germany back into their territory (Beck 757). By having Germany sign the armistice, it linked Germany to being the source of the war and by stopping Germany, the war stopped. In the Treaty of Versailles, it brought down several limitations towards Germany such as reducing the size of their army and the size of their territory (Beck 761). Germany’s military and lands were taken away because if they had kept the same power, they could have started another war. However, many say that the blame is misdirected to Germany, and it was in fact Serbia that really started

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