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Essay on Germany The start of WW1 in 1914 came from the build up of many shifting attitudes in Europe particularly in Germany whose unstable society and old fashioned political order made Germany ripe for involvement in the war This along with the Kaisers unusual personality and prejudices set the stage for conflict The years 1880-1914 was one of the most explosive periods of industrial growth Cities mushroomed For example Berlin went from a population of 600000 in 1870 to 2 million by 1910 This rapid growth brought with it social problems There were clashes over power over ideas over religion over language and a growing dissatisfaction with the monarch - type of rule Germany was becoming modern and yet it was still archaic This led to the formation of the German Social Democratic Party It created a state within the state hostile to the Kaisers regime and dedicated to its overthrow Kaiser Wilhelm II had absolute power over the army He alone presided over the nations foreign affairs It was his decision to say if Germany went to war He felt that since Germany had the best steel mills were the leaders during the machine age had the most powerful engineering industry the best chemists and the mighty German Army superior to any other army that Germany should share in world affairs by expanding abroad and become more imperialistic He felt economic power should be reflected in political power He ordered the build up of the Navy which poisoned his relations with England The Kaiser had deep affection for things English and was even made a British Admiral of the Fleet in 1889 his grandmother was Queen Victoria However his determination to strengthen the German Navy alienated Great Britain When the British built a new class of battleships the Kaiser insisted that Germany have one too The German
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