>>27882 Germany could never manage a two-front war against France and Russia so the plan was the swiftly knock France out of the game while Russia was still mobilizing, which would take a lot longer due to their infrastructure and organization being a few notches behind the other European powers.
>>27928 >aggressive Germany policies in the years leading up to WW1. Can you give any examples? The balance of power that Bismarck established set the most peaceful and stable decades Europe had seen in a long time. If anyone was aggressive I'd say the revanchist French were, as they were still sour after the Franco-Prussian war. The Germans were unified, had acquired colonies, their industry was booming - they, if anyone, were content with their position.
>>27882 >Austria attacks Serbia >Germany promises to back Austria up no matter what >Knows that attacking Serbia will bring Russia into the war >Knows that that will bring France into the war >Doesn't want to fight both at once >Thinks that France is the easier of the two to take out quickly >Ergo, attack France
>>28066 >The balance of power that Bismarck established set the most peaceful and stable decades Europe had seen in a long time That all went to shit though when people stopped listening to him. He knew that the French butthurt over losing AL would be the largest amount of anal anguish the world has ever seen and told them not to take it but they did anyway.
>>28365 They didn't back Austria up hoping they'd get to attack Russia through the Serbs. Russia's premature mobilization was actually really inconvenient for the Germans and put them in a really tight spot.
>>28066 Moroccan Crisis naval buildup diplomatic isolation of France actively worsening relations with Russia you mention revanchist French, but France was decidedly NOT revanchist in the years preceding ww1! it was staunchly anti war, socialist, anti jingoistic, massive checks on military power, absolute desire to avoid war
The idea was for Austria to strike before the Great Powers could react and confront them with the status quo. However, the Austrian soldiers were at home for harvest, so it took them months to actually get going. By that time, Russia was already mobilising.
>>28365 >Thinks that France is the easier of the two to take out quickly No, the German chiefs of staff just though that Russia would be extremely slow at mobilizing their troops, and that they would have had the time to defeat France in the meanwhile. And the problem is that Russia was way quicker than they thought it would be, which led the Cossaks to come extremely close to Berlin before the germans were able to react and defeated them.
>>27882 To make a long story short, everything at the time was a simmering pot of hostilities, jingoism, and posturing waiting to boil over.
Germany invaded France because they were pissed at previous defeat at their hands, and war was still seen as a glorious occasion. There was literally cheering in the streets of Germany when The Big One broke out.
>>28066 It wasn't just french revanchism though, there were a lot of very powerful people in germany, industrials etc., who after a series of military successes started believing germany was unstoppable and had to rule the world
There was a general attitude of "we're not being taken seriously for how strong we are" which was strenghtened by wilhelm II's behaviour in foreign policies, so you could say a lot of people in germany were just as much trying to start another war as the french were
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