Between andmilitary spending by the European powers increased by per cent.France was a democratic republic with extensive civil liberties. The key problem here was that although Germany wanted colonies, the globe had already been divided up by the other European powers. Turkey[ edit ] Turkey had once ruled over the whole of the Balkans, but was now largely impotent. Then suddenly one day it will rise Serbia's victories were diplomatic success for Russia, and encouraged Russia to stand by its ally. Thus many believed that societies and peoples behaved according to the same biological laws as animals and plants, and that they survived or died out according to strength and fitness for purpose. Russia had a plan to attack Austria-Hungary and Germany. A tariff war began in —06, and the Serbs turned to France for arms and finance. Article of the Treaty of Versailles stated: The Allied and Associated Governments affirm and Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage, to which the Allied and Associated Governments and their nationals have been subjected as a consequence of the war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her allies. German public opinion was hostile to the settlement and critical of their government's handling of the crisis; a failure of Weltpolitik. Also, Germany had wanted diplomatic success that would leave Austria-Hungary a stronger ally. Germany reassured Austria-Hungary that it would mobilise in support if Austria-Hungary went to war with Serbia.
The Bulgarians felt that there were too many Bulgarians living in areas given to Serbia and Greece, namely Macedonia and Salonika. What makes you cringe? Today, whole books are written about how the causes of World War I have been written about. The Second Moroccan Agadir Crisis [ edit ] Germany misinterpreted a French move in suppressing a revolt that had broken out in Morocco as a takeover; hence making ambitious and assertive claims that was popular back in Germany.
The Serbs, Greeks, and, ultimately, Turkey which had joined in the fight in an attempt to redress some of its losses from the previous year's fighting defeated Bulgaria. Britain's interests lay in maintaining its dominance of the seas, preserving the balance of power in Europe and defending the Indian trade route.
A concern to downplay German acts of aggression influenced the selection and editing of documents. Then there was a further delay.
Germany's leaders were apparently undecided at the turn of the new century whether to attempt to work with Britain as an ally, or to compete with the British. Germany passed through Belgium to attack France, Britain upheld the treaty with Belgium and declared war on Germany.