The Causes Of Kaiser Wilhelm II And World War I

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When Kaiser Wilhelm II ascended to the throne, Germany had everything set up for it to continue being a leading world power in a peaceful Europe. Due to Otto Von Bismarck, Germany had isolated France and maintained good terms with Russia and Great Britain. However, because of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Germany ended up outnumbered, fighting a global war against France, Great Britain, and Russia. Kaiser Wilhelm II was the major force behind World War I. He brought to ruin Germany’s relations with Russia and Great Britain. He replaced the people who actually knew what they were doing in his cabinet with yes men who wouldn’t stand up to bad decisions he made. He did not back down from the possibility of a world war when he should have. Due to Wilhelm’s …show more content…
At the time of Wilhelm’s coronation, Germany had several talented political advisors/cabinet members, the most notable of them being Otto Von Bismarck. Nevertheless, Wilhelm discharged many of them. Their places were taken by pathetic yes men who did nothing to discourage Wilhelm from making the atrocious choices that ultimately started one of the bloodiest wars ever. As said above, Wilhelm built up the German Navy and broke the reinsurance treaty with Russia, enraging and distressing Great Britain and Russia, respectively. As a result, Russia and Great Britain fought in World War I with France in the Entente, a coalition against Germany. These decisions were obviously foolish, since the nations who Wilhelm was antagonizing had powerful armies and wide-ranging empires, and such could easily engage in war. Therefore, provoking them would lead to an increased likelihood of a war. Also, if Wilhelm had kept the strong advisors from before his reign, they would have assisted Wilhelm grow into a much stronger leader. If there had been a diplomatic dispute elsewhere, that didn’t involve Germany, then Wilhelm could have used his diplomatic skills to diminish the tension, which could have prevented a war. Also, Wilhelm could have seen it was wise to not get involved in …show more content…
Socialism had been gaining traction throughout Europe, and the largely conservative European governments were concerned that it would take over Europe and force the conservative ruling class from their positions at the top of the social pyramid. This was not an unreasonable fear. Socialists were clashing with national governments, and considerable unrest was the result. To distract from the unrest, European politicians may have preferred war, as it was a distraction from what was going on at home. Also, many of the young men who would be socialist revolutionaries were conscripted to fight in the conflict. Instead of getting Germany involved in an extremely costly war, Wilhelm could have instead negotiated with the socialists and been a more democratic ruler. Without regard to the wishes of his people, Wilhelm did not negotiate and instead decided to remove attention from the undemocratic state of the German Government, which was almost an absolute monarchy, by plunging into war. Another thing that Wilhelm did that played a role in the beginning of World War I was not stopping the rise of militarism in Europe. Militaries grew heavily in Europe in the quarter-century leading up to World War I, as governments invested more money and manpower into

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