Who or What Was to Blame for the Start of the First World War?


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Who or What Was to Blame for the Start of the First World War?
The First World War is usually described as the second-most destructive military conflict in human history, topped only by the Second World War of a generation later. This paper ponders who or what was to blame for the start of World War I. Any paper of this sort invariably contains a historiographical component insofar as we must ask what historians think – or have thought – triggered the war; for the most part, there is no absolute consensus on what precipitated the engagement that destroyed millions of lives. That being noted, though, one likely explanation for the arrival of war does enjoy a remarkable continuity in the historical literature: the existence of a complicated...
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.....enter into combat with full strength, in such a manner as to oblige Germany to fight simultaneously in both east and West.
The general staffs of the armies of the two countries shall concert [i.e., coordinate], at every stage, their efforts to prepare and facilitate the measures here envisaged.They shall communicate to each other in time of peace all information that may come to their knowledge concerning the armaments of the triple Alliance.The ways and means of corresponding in time of war shall be studied and arranged in advance.
France and Russia will not conclude peace separately with the Triple Alliance.
This convention shall have the same duration as the Triple Alliance.
All the clauses numbered above shall be held rigorously secret.