Was Germany responsible for the outbreak of WW1

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  • Was Germany responsible for the outbreak of the First World War?
    • Agree with argument
      • G pursued a policy of European dominance (hegemony)
        • G planned war in order to gain hegemony
          • Schliefffen Plan
            • No clear evidence that G planned war- just planned for possibility of war.  G felt Entente was aggressive and hostile coalition.
      • G took decisions in 1914 after death of Ad F Ferdinand that led to war
        • Invasion of Belgium
      • Kaiser Wilhelm
        • Inability to rule
        • Jealousies
          • Arms race
          • Naval race
        • Wanted more colonies
          • Time had passed
      • Imperialism
        • Wanted more colonies
          • Time had passed
        • Felt closed in
    • Disagree/Other factors
      • No clear evidence that G planned war- just planned for possibility of war.  G felt Entente was aggressive and hostile coalition.
      • Other countries' responsibility
        • All European Great Powers part of alliance system that created tensions.
          • Moroccan Crises 1911
          • Bosnian Crises
        • Other European countries were involved in events causing conflicts leading to WW1.
        • Britain, France, Russia and G contributed to build up of arms
          • Arms race
          • Naval race
        • Crisis after death of AFF not started by G.  G was not only power to make decisions in 1914 which led to war.
        • International Rivalries
        • Pan-Slavism
        • Gavrilo Princip
        • French Revanche
          • French eager to gain territorial losses made in war of 1871
    • Imperialism
      • Felt closed in
    • Discontented with Austrian interference in Bosnia
      • Death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
      • Gavrilo Princip
      • Bosnian Crises

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