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Mommsens article had as aim to eliminate as a causal explanation German imperialistic aims and the argumentation is convincing in that respect Regarding Mayer he clearly attributed a large causal role to domestic policies within the Great Powers and presents compelling evidence to that effect Ultimately these explanatory models do not present a clear view as to the cause of the war as much as they elaborate on individual factors believed to have contributed to its start The complex European problems of 1914 make it quite difficult to discern a clear view as to what ignited WWI Historians have thus been forced to work by elimination of improbable causes and by researching bit by bit the various sociopoliticaleconomiccultural aspects of early 20th C Europe in order to complete the larger explanatory puzzle WWI its arrival and devastating effects truly was a mind boggling Gordian Knot for the events shattered all positive beliefs and hopes of the Western Civiliz ation Jolls work is thus an efficient multi spectral analysis The additional explanatory models although they are sometimes contradictory complement each other in providing the future historian and any reader with an answer as to what caused WWI Which explanatory model however seems to provide the best answers as to the cause Jolls analysis of militarism strategic planning and militarism provide the best explanation as to what ignited WWI whereas Lammers model is a good counter balance for Mayers domestic policy explanation and explains what did not spark the conflict The influence of domestic problems upon foreign policy such a the Russian social turmoil the Ulster problem in Britain the pending constitutional crisis in Germany the French tax and draft problem not forgetting the Austrian nationality problems existed but was not sufficient in starting the war Beginning with the 18th C European states have faced at one moment or another simultaneous domestic problems that have not significantly influence foreign policies The War of the Austrian Succession the
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