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Was germany fully to blame for WWI and WWII?

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Started: 10/13/2015 Category: Politics
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williampoucher

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Germany may be officially to blame for WWI under the treaty of Versailles, but that may as well have been signed at gunpoint.
BraidMyPubes

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Before we start this debate, let me say that my argument is purely for arguments' sake, and I believe that WWI and WWII (mainly WWI) cannot be definitively blamed on Germany.

World War I escalated and started primarily as a result of weak German leadership. Kaiser Wilhelm, Germany's monarch at the time, was lazy and had a reputation and image of ignorance among the European nobility at the time. The Kaiser found himself ruling amidst an economic boom, where the German factories produced products used all over Europe. This state of the German economy is not dissimilar to China's current economic state. The Kaiser mass produced ships known as Dreadnoughts, which completely outclassed all other ships at the time, in response to the British production of Dreadnoughts. The British Dreadnoughts were produced to keep its superiority of the oceans within its grasp because the British felt threatened by Germany's expanding wealth. The British depended on its Navy more than any other nation, empire, or state in history. The British Navy gave the mainland access to safe trading routes that the British Empire depended on. Without the British Navy, Britain could not survive, so Britain would obviously respond. Britain had a two-power policy on its navy, where it would have at least the same number of ships as the next two great naval powers combined. Instead of backing off, Germany engaged Britain in an arms race, and although Germany did lose the arms race, Germany's act of engaging in such a visible and volatile step to war changed Europe's attitude about such an impending war.

World War II was the result of the Nazi Party's militarization of Germany. Germany prepared for war, and armed themselves, a direct violation of the Treaty of Paris. Adolf Hitler's actions included the invasion of Russia (completely idiotic, considering that they had a non-aggression pact with Russia prior to the invasion), the invasion of France, and the bombing of Britain. France wanted a barrier country between Germany and itself, a wise request that was unfortunately shot down. Although Germany had suffered insult and injury in the Treaty of Paris, its economy did recover with the help of foreign investors which were largely American.

TL;DR - Weak leadership lead to misunderstandings prior to WWI, WWII was a result of Adolf Hitler invading every significant non-fascist power.
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Posted by MizuneKurosaki13 1 year ago
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The Germans were never fully responsible for WWI and WWII. It was actually triggered by the murder of Franz Ferdinand who was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire by Gavrilo Princip, a patriotic Serbian who wanted to take back Bosnia & Hervegovina from them by killing their heir to the throne and his wife.

After Austria-Hungary found out this assassin was from Serbia, the tensions between them grew ever more and led to Austria-Hungary declaring war on Serbia. This instance led to Russia stepping in and threatening to declare war on them, leading to Germany stepping in and threatening them as well as Italy. And then when France got pulled in because of the Triple Entente, he called on Britain, therefore bringing in all his colonies and turning this European war into a full-on World War.

Later on after Italy and Austria-Hungary began to see the huge amount of countries that were getting involved, they pulled out of the war and Austria-Hungary took no responsibility for their actions. After the Triple Alliance, or rather Germany was defeated, Germany took absolutely all responsibility despite the fact that they were pulled into the war by Austria-Hungary through the their alliance. The fact that the allies gave them a $30 billion debt right after the war they were in, not even giving them time to rebuild their houses and factories and cars so that they could raise up the money to repay them, was really the cause of WWII.

Because of the fact that many people became impoverished and that many Jews in their country were good in the field of business, Adolf Hitler rose to power when he realized he could help his country at first, but then take over the world and make them paylater on.

In conclusion, Germany wasn't actually fully responsible for WWI or WWII. It was the allies who helped WWII come into the picture because of their ignorance of the fact that the Germans had just spent a huge amount of money towards their military and gave them no time to rec
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