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The thesis in the article The origins of the World War by Sidney B Fay can clearly be stated as the explanation for World War I Fay states that no one country is responsible for the creation of the war Furthermore he goes on to explain that each of the European countrys leaders did or failed to do certain things to provoke the other countries into a war Fay states One must abandon the dictum of the Versailles Treaty that Germany and her allies were solely responsible It was a dictum exacted by victors from vanquished under the influence of the blindness ignorance hatred and the propagandist misconceptions to which war had given rise Fay The Origins of the World War His main arguments are his explanations of how each country was responsible for the creation of the war His first explanation is that of how Serbia was partly responsible Fay explains that Serbia knew that by not co-operating with the Austrian government over the implications of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand assassination they were indirectly preparing for a war they would fight but did not want Fay says that Austria was more responsible for the war than any other power but not in military attack but more in the form of self-defence He makes it clear that Austria was justified in their battle and that they didnt have to sit back and await the dismemberment at the hands of its neighbors Fay The origins of the World War Fay believes that Berchtold wanted a local war with Serbia but knew and was content with the fact that the rest of Europe could very easily become involved with the war Fays third countrys explanation was that of Germany He believed that Germany did not want a war and tried to avert one completely It is his belief that since Austria was Germanys only dependable ally they were dragged into the war Furthermore he explains that
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