How Germany was Responsible for Starting World War One

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Germany can be blamed for causing World War One for many reasons. The main reasons were: Germany giving Austro-Hungary the blank cheque of support, Germany invading Belgium to get to France, and Germany sending a telegram to Mexico, asking them to become their allies.

The Blank Cheque of support given to Austria-Hungary by the Germans was what initially caused World War One. On June 28, 1914, a Bosnian terrorist named Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Archduke, Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. After interrogating Gavrilo, Austro-Hungary felt the need to avenge the Archduke by invading Serbia, where Gavrilo had been trained. Since Austro-Hungary wasn’t strong enough to attack Serbia on their own, they asked Germany if they would support Austro-Hungary in the battle. The Germans were given a choice and if Germany had not agreed to help Austro-Hungary, the war would not have been started.

On August 4, 1914, the Germans invaded Belgium using a tactic known as the ‘Schlieffen plan’.

The idea was that if the Germans could invade Belgium, they’d be able to attack France’s relatively undefended border. Unfortunately for the Germans, after they invaded Belgium, Britain and all of its colonies were obligated to assist Belgium and attack Germany. Had the Germans not attacked Belgium, they could have left the British out of the war.

Finally, because bringing Britain into the war wasn’t enough, Foreign Secretary, Arthur Zimmerman, sent a telegram to the German embassy in Mexico asking them to become allies and attack the Unites States of America from behind with the promise of giving Mexico back some states. Before the telegram could reach Mexico, the British who immediately told America of the situation, intercepted it. Germany had enraged the sleeping giant. Had Germany not asked Mexico to attack the United State’s southern border,