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Unit 2: German Foreign Policy 1900-14

Alliances and War plans

German victory in the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 was followed up by
the creation of a system of alliances to protect the new empire; the
architect of this alliance system was the chancellor Bismarck.
At its heart was the isolation…

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However none of these gains constituted to Germany's "Place in the
Sun".

First Moroccan Crisis 1905-06

In March 1905 Kaiser Willhelm made a visit to Tangier in Morocco, which
was within the French sphere of influence (an area in which one nation
has control over another).
The Germans demanded an…

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The Balkans

It was the Balkans that provided the spark for the outbreak of the war in
1914. Germany was not a central player, but her closest ally
Austria-Hungary was and Germany was to be drawn into the politics of
Europe's most unstable region. The decline of the Ottoman Empire…

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On the 28th of June 1914, the heir to the Austrian throne Franz Ferdinand
was shot by a member of the Black Hand, a Serbian terrorist group.
Germany gave support to her ally and they offered there unconditional
support in the form of a blank cheque.
(July Crisis Timeline also…

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