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To what extent was Germany responsible for the outbreak of World War I World War I the war that was to end all wars was a deadly misunderstanding that lasted from 1914 to 1918 This military conflict claimed millions of lives from 32 different nations made a new mark in World history and shaped the people we are today It is fundamental to identify a main cause of the war because all the European nations were impacted and suffered economic social and political lost and yet a precise cause is still unknown In the course of world history the damage and change resulted from World War I is far more significant than others such as World War II or the Cold War It was true that the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire Archduke Francis Ferdinand sparked the war however it wasnt the root of the war It was very difficult to identify the origin of the Great Warbecause it was much more complex unlike World War II no megalomaniacs such as Hitler or Mussolini were involved Many historians today still argue whether or not Germany was solely responsible for the war In numerous perspectives Germany did appear to be mostly accountable for the war however they were other events much earlier on in European history for instance the Balkan Wars and the complicated alliance system that helped catalyzed and commence the war Germanys hostility towards other nations her crude foreign policies her outrageous ambitions years of planning and anticipation of a war and poor leadership Kaiser Wilhelm II was responsible for the outbreak of World War I Firstly Germanys past history with France had created a terrible relationship between the two empires which later affected the alliance system Germany as a strategy to unify her southern states of Bavaria and Wrttemberg Bismarck planned the Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 in which France was humiliated and lost Alsace and Lorraine
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