To what extent was Germany responsible for the outbreak of WWI?

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Did Germany fight a war of aggression and conquest?

  • Germany wanted to achieve worldwide and European domination
  • Kaiser Wilhelm II believed that Germany should have her "place in the sun"
  • Historian Fritz Fisher agrees with this view. He believes that German leadership from 1911 consistently pursued a policy aimed at fighting a European war as a means of achieveing world-power status for Germany.

Did they go to war to stabilise an unstable Reich?

  • The roots of German expansionism were found in the social, political and economic tensions from before 1914
  • Diplomacy before the war was bankrupt of ideas and men of ability
  • A few dozen incapable leaders led to a war that was in no way inevitable of destined
  • War offered an attractive way…

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