Got an argument that id love to see who sides on which side.. World War 1. Germany. Defense war or offense?

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  • Got an argument that id love to see who sides on which side.. World War 1. Germany. Defense war or offense?


Answer #1 | 29/12 2013 01:00
Germany argues it was a war of defence because of "encirclement" by the Triple Entente (alliance between Britain, France & Russia). There is also the Fischer thesis that the German elites went to war to defend their position against the challenge presented by the SDP - so, a defensive war. However, neither of these claims are supported by modern scholars.
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Answer #2 | 29/12 2013 01:03
It's really a war initiated by the Serbians. The Serbians killed the Austrian Head of State. That is more or less as bad as treason. But it wasn't treason because it was done by an outsider. Any nation would respond indignantly as Austria if they had their Head of State killed by an outsider. Same goes if a nation had their own Head of State impeached by non-citizens. With the world as witness, how could Britain and France ally themselves to the offender/instigators? Just because Russia is friends with Serbia, and Russia is also friends with France. I think Germany was fighting a defensive war.
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Answer #3 | 29/12 2013 00:27
Germany declared war on Russia,then invaded France and neutral Belgium as it declared war on them. So,hardly a defensive war,in particular as the Kaiser promised Austria unconditional support BEFORE Austria declared war on,or invaded,Serbia.Germany's declaration of war followed immediately after a Russian announcement of mobilization of its military limited to its border with the Austrian empire.Having declared war on Russia,the Kaiser then immediately set in the motion the Schlieffen Plan,which meant war with France and Belgium (neither of which had anything to do with Serbia) within 48 hours,due to the railway schedules of German troop movements west. At the Paris Peace Conference,just after signing the Treaty of Versailles,a German delegate remarked "what will history say about this?" a French delegate replied "history will not say Belgium invaded Germany"
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