Why Was Germany's Aggressive?

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The Treaty of Versailles was signed on the 28th of June 1919, this treaty stated the end of the war between Germany and Allied powers, which states that Germany was to accept the responsibility for Germany and her allies for all loss and damage. Many historians have argued that Germany was to blame through their aggressive leadership and militaristic attitude meant that an avoidable war became unavoidable, however this statement is not completely correct. It is seen that Germany did have an aggressive leadership and militaristic attitude but there are more factors than just Germany was aggressive as "In each country political and military leaders did certain things which led to mobilizations and declarations of war, or failed to do certain …show more content…
Fay states that, “One must abandon the dictum of the Versailles Treaty that Germany and her allies were solely responsible. It was a dictum exacted by the victors” although it is true that Germany’s aggressive militaristic attitude help add tension, but not create an unavoidable war, Germany had participated in the First World War mostly out of defensive reasons instead of aggressive as seen in their ally Austria. It is seen that Germany’s only real aggressive moves in which Germany made was during the both Moroccan crisis and the Anglo-Germany Naval rivalry, which are seen as factors to World War One. During the Kaiser’s visit in Morocco in 1905, Kaiser Wilhelm II had decided to state his idea of sovereignty of the Sultan, challenging French influence in Morocco , as “the Kaiser and his advisers desperately wanted Germany to be a World Power on the same level as Britain” . However, the Kaisers wishes of being seen as a World Power in 1905 ended in a disaster, the French were furious that Germany was interfering in their …show more content…
Historian Sidney Fay believes that Serbian nationalism was the main reason of why World War One even happened . During the 19th Century there were a number of conflicting forces that had emerged in the Balkans, the most nationalistic and aggressive was seen in the State of Serbia. Serbia saw itself as the natural leader of Slavic people, looking to create a union for the Slavonic people create a new nation, however Austria-Hungary opposed the idea of the sovereignty of Serbia as this would cause more internal problems as every other state in Austria-Hungary would wish to be self-determined, creating tension between Serbia and Austria-Hungary. Fay believes Austria-Hungary is the most responsible however, as Austria was looking for any excuse to crush Serbia , and Austria were considering to assist Bulgaria during the second Balkan war in 1913 when Bulgaria invaded Serbia , but stayed out of the conflict once other nations were involved in this battle. It is also found that Austria were so determined to go to war with Serbia, foreign minister Count Leopold Berchtold framed the ultimatum sent to Serbia knowing that it would be rejected, and declared war against Serbia without answering his ally’s “urgent requests to come to an understanding with Russia”. Russia’s responsibility in this War was not as significant as

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