Was Germany Responsible For World War 1

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In the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was blamed for the entirety of World War 1 even though all the nations were equally responsible due to Europeans over competitive militarism which led to destruction, imperialism which angered natives and heightened tensions, and entangling alliances which escalated the war.
In the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was blamed for the entirety of World War 1 even though all the nations were equally responsible due to Europeans over competitive militarism which led to destruction. In the late 1800’s European countries started developing larger armies with more advanced weapons that could potentially be very dangerous in a war. This concept is called militarism. Building of of that is the idea of arms races, where
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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. Germany ended up invading neutral Belgium as well which got Great Britain, Belgium's ally, involved. Later, Great Britain joined the Triple Entente making the Triple Alliance their rival which Germany was apart of. This war plan escalated alliances and formed rivalries (Textbook, pg 412-413). A British writer wrote a memoir called Goodbye to All That which is about his experiences from the war. He reflects, “England declared war on Germany… I was outraged to read of the Germans’ cynical violation of Belgian neutrality” (The Excitement of the War Handout, pg 1). This shows how Germany's actions affected not only Belgian, but other allied countries. The Belgians and the British were now furious at the Germans because the Germans provoked them by the invasion. Germany is partially to blame for World War 1 because they put the Schlieffen Plan into action which caused tension between Germany and the Belgium-Britain alliance, leading to
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