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THE FALL OF GERMANYNone of the European power wanted World War I but they feared GermanyGermany was newly unified and was beating the European powers inpopulation and Industry France wanted to recover the Alsace-LorraineBritain was a country used to being on the ocean so they felt threatenedby Germanys colonial expansion and William IIs insisting on a large navy Russia and Austria feared pressure on their unstable empires In 1887 William II refused to renew the Reinsurance treaty with Russia butcontinued the Triple Alliance of Germany Austria-Hungary and Italy In1894 Russia made an alliance with France and Great Britain settled itsdifferences with France in the Entente Cordiale in 1904 forming the TripleEntente The assassination with Serbian Knowledge of the liberal Austrianarchduke Francis Ferdinan in Sarajevo in June 1914 was the spark that setoff the war Germany assured Austria full support which resulted in anAustrian ultimatum that Serbia could not accept Austria declared war onSerbia Russia mobilized to defend Serbia then Germany declared war onRussia Germany also declared war on France Germany wanted a quickdefeat of France To avoid the French frontier German forces movedthrough neutral Belgium thinking they would take Paris by surprise TheGermans encountered more resistance than expected in Belgium giving Francetime to prepare Caidin 207 This violation of international law destroyedall sympathy for the Central Powers Although German forces nearly reached Paris the British and FrenchMiraculously turned back the Germans at the Battle of Marne The two sidesdug trenches for a war that would last four years The Russians thenattacked sending Germany into a two front war The Germans defeated theRussians Many times on the east but the Allies blockaded the Germans onthe east by cutting off food and raw materials The Germans becamedesperate to break the blockade so they declared unrestricted submarinewarfare Villiers 176 After several American ships were sunk theUnited States entered the war in 1917 The Russians were in the middle ofseveral revolutions so they were not a threat to
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