Germany and Cause of World War I
In 1914, World War 1 broke out between six main countries. These were
Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy. The
murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was what triggered off the war but
I am here to discuss how there was a lot more to it than the murder of
just one man. Germany did not cause the war alone, as will soon come
Germany felt encircled, as there was a strong friendship between
Russia to the east of Germany and France to the west. Germany felt it
was their attempt to surround and threaten them and as Germany was
already jealous of the huge build-up of arms in Russia, there was an
immediate rivalry between them. Germany had always been very jealous
of Britain too because of its good overseas colonies.
Germany got together with Italy, because they too wanted an overseas
empire and they admired Germany's growing power. Austria also felt
angry due to the Serbs becoming more powerful and as Russia was
friends with the Serbs, they stuck on Germany and Italy's side. The
three got together in what was called the Triple Alliance.
Britain joined France and Russia too in what was known as the Triple
Entente. All the two groups really wanted was one key word. Power.
They joined together so they would be more powerful and they wanted a
good reputation. Jealousy and rivalry was the reason why they got back
up from the other countries and formed the group in the first place.
Germany were always very envious of Britain as they had the most
powerful navy in the world and ruled the seas without any challenge.
In 1898 Kaiser Wilhelm announced his intentions to build a German navy
and Britain felt very threatened. A naval race began and Britain felt
Germany's intentions merely a competition for them. Germany didn't
have much of an empire which made Britain outraged, as they could see
no reason to build one due to this, but Germany said they needed a
navy to protect their growing trade.
Germany had always admired the way Britain ran their empire and had
always wanted a navy like them so when Britain raised the stakes by
launching the HMS Dreadnought, Germany responded by building their
own. From 1906-1914 the two countries raced to build as many
dreadnoughts as they could and in 1909 Germany came very close to
beating them. By 1914 however, Britain had 29 and Germany had 17
Britain had every right to be suspicious of Germany, as they had no
need for a navy. Germany was jealous and envious of Britain and wanted
to be more like them so that's the more the reason why they would want
a navy. However, I believe Britain was being unreasonable as they had
no right to tell Germany they could not build one as it was within
their right, which was what Britain did.
Germany also had wishes for a big empire in...