'Blank Check' given on June 6th
1914 which allowed
Austria-Hungary to attack Serbia
with Germany's support. They
also pushed Austria to go to war.
Kaiser Wilhelm II harboured expansionist aims and
through seeking a large navy and following a militaristic
Weltpolitik, he alienated Great Britain and Russia
France bears far more
responsibility for scaling up
the pressure and
international mobilization in
the weeks leading up to WWI
France worked feverishly
behind the scenes to arrange a
multi-lateral attack on Germany in
retaliation for the Franco-Prussian War,
and did in fact encourage Russia to
mobilize before Germany.
Of all of the Great
was the last to
Germany had also made the Schlieffen
plan whereby they had to pass through
Belgium to get to France, crush them
then quickly move their army up to the
east front to fight Russia.
The reason that Britain joined the war was because
everyone in Europe had signed a treaty which said
that Belgium would stay neutral in times of war.
Britain decided to join war to stop Germany from
Germany was responsible for the outbreak of the
war as it invaded Belgium to reach France. If they
had been sensible and attacked through the forest
on the French-German border. But no, they went
through neutral Belgium and forced Britain's hand
Germany was the senior partner in
the Triple Alliance, and
Austria-Hungary would never have
risked war with Russia without full
and unqualified German backing.