Thursday, 2 January 2014

Why is Germany blamed for World War I even though it didn

Why is Germany blamed for World War I even though it didn

Although Austria started the war, in response to the actions of the Serbian terrorist group The Black Hand, Germany was largely responsible for the war becoming a global. Germany sided with Austria, due to their alliences. This in turn provoked Russia, who feared a tutonic expansion. Germany had had a plan to invade France the Schlieffen Plan for over a decade, and took the hostilities as a chance to enact their plan. They invaded France partly by going through Belgium, despite the fact that Britain had an agreement to defend Belgium for around 60 years. Germany had never expected Britain to uphold the agreement, and was surprised when the British sent an invasion force. By 1917 America was deciding whether to actively join the war, and the excuse came when a German Uboat sunk a US hospital ship, the Lucitania. This shows that Germany directly provoked Britain, France and the USA. Also, Germany held the vast majority of axis troops and made a very large impact compared to Austria. At the end of the war everybody knew that Germany had not started the war, but blamed them for its severity, over time this understanding has been warped to the present view that the war was Germany fault.

The Lucitania wasn a hospital ship, it was a civllian liner. It was sunk by a German Uboat, and it was later after the war admitted that the ship did carry munitions, which qualified it as a targetable vessel. Ships carrying munitions could be sunk by the Germans according to the strange agreements made between the nations during those times. It is to this day controversial why there was amunition aboard the ship. Some believe today that the Ship secret cargo was delibirately leaked out to Germany to guarantee the ship sinking and thus to create an uproar in the US, which would have brought them into the war.

Your timeline and facts are incorrect, Godfather. The Lusitania was sunk in 1915. It was not a hospital ship and it was not an American shipit was a British Luxury liner. Americans were on the ship when it was torpedoed, however, and a public outcry ensued in the US. German unrestricted submarine warfare was halted due to the worldwide outrage over the loss of innocent women and children although it has been said that the Lusitania was not as innocent as it was made out to be and that it was carrying armaments to England in addition to its human cargo. Wilson asked Congress to decalre war two years later in April 1917 in response to Germany resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare, with the concern that it endangered American lives on the high seas.

I might add that Germanys Schlieffen Plan was designed to counter the FrancoRussian alliance by defeating France first, then Russia. So, although the Serbiuan crisis involved AustriaHungary, then Russia, and finally Germany, Germany had no plan to deal with Russia alone. Therefore, with tragic inlexibility, the Germans had to attack France before they could consider dealing with Russia because thats what the plan said to do. Thus Germany, as Godfather PartII poinys out, was considered responsible for taking a regional war into a general European conflagration.

The victors write the popular history, and it usually differs a lot from what you read in the history books. Britain of course has had a media monopoly or dictatorship for over a hundred years and most of what the world knows is what Britain prefers the world to know.

Back then the media was almost completely state controlled and the respective governments could convince their people to believe whatever they wanted them to believe. Germany could unfortunately only convince its own people while Britain and the BBC basically had power over the minds of the entire world.

Based on the technicalities Germany did start the war, but it was basically the involvement of Britain and its global empire and the other nations that share their language, like the US and Canada, that escalated it to a world war.

The reason Britain fought Germany was purely imperialistic. Thy wanted to destroy Germany as a trade rival. They did not have to hold true to their aggreement with Belgium, it in fact only caused Belgium to be destroyed.

2 During the period immediately following the end of hostilities, Allied historians argued that Germany was solely responsible for the start of the war; a view heavily influenced by the inclusion of guilt clauses within the Treaty of Versailles. In 1916 Prince Lichnowsky had also circulated his views within Germany on the mishandling of the situation in July 1914. However, academic work in the later 1920s and 1930s blamed all participants more or less equally. Starting in the mid1920s, several American historians opposed to the terms of the Treaty of Versailles such as Sidney Fay and Harry Elmer Barnes produced works that claimed that Germany was not responsible for war, and as such, Article 231 of the Versailles which had seemingly assigned all responsibility for the war to Germany and thus justified the Allied claim to reparations was invalid. The objective of Fay and Barnes was to put an end to reparations imposed on Germany by attempting to prove what they regarded as the moral invalidity of Article 231. Both Fay and Barnes were provided with generous use of the German archives by the German government.

Source and further information:After centuries of hatred a wide part of the German public meanwhile has conceived that Germany and the Germans will get blamed and accused for ever up to eternity.

So it makes no sense at all to discuss about this topic.

The Germans meanwhile got used to the fact that they are the most hated people in the English speaking world and meanwhile they all can deal very well with this unalterable fact.

It is nothing but a mere waste of time and energy to discuss with a native English speaker about this topic and finally I think there is only extremely little left what German and native English speaker ever would have to discuss.

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