How Did Germany Cause Ww1

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In some ways, Germany was not the primary cause of World War 1. Germany was not directly related to the start of the war but rather dragged into it by its alliances. Before the start of the war, Germany had instigated the Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary and Italy. The Triple Alliance was extremely powerful because it stated that the countries part of the alliance were obligated to assist each other in a time of war. If one country were to declare war on another country or another country were to declare war on them, the allies must supply troops and materials as if they were in a war as well. On June 28 1914, soon after the alliance was formed, the Austrian leader Archduke Franz Ferdinand visited the city of Sarajevo in the imperialized …show more content…
Before the war Germany both refused to renew its treaty with Russia and formed the Triple Alliance creating fear and tension between European countries. On May 20, 1882, Germany formed the Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary and Italy. The three countries banded together promising to help one another in a time of war. Because of this the countries were able to supply more troops toward the German cause in the war. In retaliation the offensive countries, mainly France, Great Britain, and Russia, supplied even more troops to their side of the battle. It became a never ending snowball effect. By including alliances into their side of the war, Germany intensified the war, and heightened the scale of the war by creating a never ending cycle of building an arsenal of weapons. In addition to magnifying the war, German alliances caused Germany to end their alliance with Russia. In response to Germany’s deliberate refusal to renew its treaty, Russia sought out a new alliance. Fear drove Russia towards forming the Triple Entente, a mighty statement created to form an equilibrium between the european countries. On August 31, 1907 France, Great Britain, and Russia signed their treaty promising to stay neutral towards each other in time of war. By driving Russia to form a second alliance, Germany’s actions, indirectly amplified the war. This demonstrates how Germany’s alliances created a snowball effect that created an even larger war. Each side attempted to out supply the other. Every step the Allies would take towards winning the war would be canceled out when the opposing side retaliated with the same or more force. This mile per mile policy created a stalemate throughout the war making it hard for any side to gain an advantage. Germany’s effect on this was that it started off with the first mile demonstrating that Germany was the first to

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