Were German Militarism and Diplomacy Responsible for World War I? World War I, without question, was one of the most significant events of the twentieth century, if not the most significant. The Great War, as it is often called, literally reshaped the European map into the form that we see today. And it left a legacy of conflict and problems that many scholars believe led to World War II as well as other wars and political confrontations throughout the twentieth century.1 An important question, therefore, concerns what factors caused World War I. Were, for example, German militarism and diplomacy responsible for World War I. By comparing and contrasting the ideas of V.R. Berghahn and Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., it becomes apparent that...The end:
.....Britain, and Russia. Thus, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand simply set off a chain of events leading to the inevitable on start of the First World War. German militarism and diplomacy were significant factors in the equation. But all major powers in Europe contributed in different ways to the onset of World War I. End Notes 1 Joseph Mitchell and Helen Buss Mitchell. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Civilizations, (Dushkin/McGraw-Hill, 2000), 124. 2 Ibid. 3 Ibid. 4 Ibid, 129. 5 Ibid, 126. 6 Ibid, 136. 7 Ibid, 131. 8 Ibid, 137. 9 Ibid, 138. BIBLIOGRAPHY Mitchell, Joseph and Helen Buss Mitchell. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Civilizations. Dushkin/McGraw-Hill, 2000.