Germany and WW2

The factors leading to WW2

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  • Factors Leading To WW2
  • German Agression
    • Factors Leading To WW2
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  • German Brinkmanship (Naval Race, Xenophobia)
    • German Agression
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  • Factors Leading To WW2
    • German Agression
      • Brinkmanship (xenaphobia, naval race)
      • Military Plans (war by timetable, Schlieffen Plan)
      • Pride & Nationalism (glorious victory, great power"
        • "The sooner Germany go to war, the better"
    • The Balkans
      • Decline of Ottoman Empire, Russian and A&H interests
      • Russia supported fellow Slavs in desire for independance
      • A&H wanted to keep control over Southern Slavs, or the empire would decline
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    • The Alliance Systems
      • Franco-Russian Alliance meant Germany could be attacked on 2 fronts
      • Relations with Britain worsened
      • Germany had to aid A&H, whatever the situation, or lose its only real ally
    • Sarajevo & War Council Meeting
      • Military plans of Great Powers (GERMANY increased army from 663,000 to 800,000), (FRANCE increased conscription to 3 years), (RUSSIA added 500,00 men to their army)
      • After the assassination at Sarajevo the Austrians looked for Germany's help dealing with the Serbs, the Germans offered the Austrians the "Blank Cheque", this was unconditional support
    • Other Factors
      • War in Europe was inevitable
      • Tensions were growing around Europe
      • Hostile powers surrounding Germany
  • Kaiser called a meeting between army and navy chiefs, called for more arms to combat "racial struggle" in Russia
    • Sarajevo & War Council Meeting
      • Military plans of Great Powers (GERMANY increased army from 663,000 to 800,000), (FRANCE increased conscription to 3 years), (RUSSIA added 500,00 men to their army)
      • After the assassination at Sarajevo the Austrians looked for Germany's help dealing with the Serbs, the Germans offered the Austrians the "Blank Cheque", this was unconditional support
    • Meeting hastily arranged, Bethmann didn't attend, Turpitz argued against war

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