>>72299 Britain has literally never been the strongest power in Europe They were unchallenged everywhere else during the 19th century, but they couldn't do shit in Europe Strongest power in Europe was:
Before/during Napoleonic Wars: France From 1815 to Crimean War: Russia From Crimean War to WW1: Prussia/Germany From WW1 to WW2: France (theorically) During WW2: Germany After WW2: Russia
>>72429 Britain never wanted to be the strongest power in Europe. What they wanted was for there to be no single country on the Continent that was strong enough to boss the others around indiscriminately. The only real threat to Britain was a united Europe, so they worked their asses off to keep Europe disunited.
A mixture of nationalism, pride, old feelings of resentment, revanchism, a network of alliances between the major powers to "ensure" that to no great conflicts would ever occur, major powers seeking to cement their power base in Europe and to expand their influence and seeking to topple their rivals.
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand was just a catalyst for an, pretty much, inevitable conflict. Bismarck often refereed to the Balkan's as "Europe's powder keg"
>>72446 Tensions were already high as fuck in Europe at the time with Germany's meteoric rise and everyone's strong sense of Nationalism. A minor conflict was the only excuse needed for the European powers to start fighting against each other
>>72191 >What was in your opinion the biggest cause to the start of the First World War?
German policy. It was basically a military junta.
A-H is of course a close second, and you could put some blame on Russia as well, or rather point out that they were set on multiplying their military strength a few years down the road.
But ultimately it was Germany who actively wanted war. It was German leadership had pretty much agreed on a war in a few years already in 1912. And who had escalated the political situation in Europe to its immediate prewar state - Morroccan Crisis, isolation of France (which led to the Russo-French alliance), the naval race...
>>72191 It depends on what you define as the actual "start". Was it Austria declaring war on Serbia, Germany declaring war on Russia and France, or Britain declaring war against Germany? It started as a small thing and then snowballed. Like a lot of wars.
>>72699 Pretty much this I'm really mad at the mainstream German-apologism about WW1 disregarding every facts
It's like it was agreed to make the German pass innocent for WW1 so they wouldn't be too hated and we could finally have peace And since Nazism evilness cannot be altered, it was agreed to make up shit so the Germans can look innocent in WW1 instead, despite evidences showing them as the main instigators of the war (way more so than for WW2)
>>72558 Because Germany was reaching a point where it could have otherwise acted as hegemon over the Continent. They also united with all of Europe against France when it tried to do the same during the Napoleonic Wars, and Russia as well during the Crimean.
>>72831 >(way more so than for WW2) explain - how is germany "less" to blame for causing WW2 than WW1 when it literally invaded poland to kick off WW2? while i agree with the ridiculous german apologism bit, at least in ww1 you have the whole july crisis and austria hungary and russia - but in ww2 you have just the germans attacking poland...
>>72874 >explain - how is germany "less" to blame for causing WW2 than WW1 when it literally invaded poland to kick off WW2?
In WW2 Germany invaded Poland This didn't cause a World War, France and Britain's decision to intervene did
Meanwhile in WW1, Germany not only pressured Austria into invading Serbia, but they then directly turned the small conflict resulting from this into a World War by attacking Russia and France successively Britain then decided to intervene, but it was already a world war by the time they did
So yeah, Germany is responsible for both WWs, but even more for the first than for the second
>>72191 The unification of Germany made a great war inevitable. The interlocking set of alliances were designed explicitly to give all of the other Great Powers an excuse to destroy Germany the instant anyone did anything except sit on their thumbs and let the British count their money for them.
The Germans should've known better than to walk into it, but Bismark called just a few decades prior. It was going to happen. Wars cannot be avoided, they are the natural outgrowths of incompatible political interests. They can only be delayed, and never to the delayee's favor.
>>72980 yeah but you only have FR and UK intervening because of Germany - they pledged to protect poland should Germany attack, but Germany said lol k and attacked anyway... (kinda like with Belgium in ww1 actually when i think of it)
>>73801 You almost make it sound as if the other great powers plotted to destroy Germany... yet it was Germany itself who let its treaties with Russia expire - which in turn led to France, basically isolated until that moment, to gratefully fill this void. It is almost hilarious/sad that Germany basically created the reason for its need to attack France and wage a two front war on its own.
This pretty much. However, the fact that Germany gave Austro-Hungary a 'blank cheque' to deal with Serbia was a major reason for war. They knew full well that this action risked turning a local war into a full blown conflict.
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