Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 week ago

Can one individual country be blamed solely for WWI?

20 Answers

  • JOHN B
    Lv 6
    5 days ago

    In war, as in peace. It takes 2 to tango.

  • Aspen
    Lv 4
    6 days ago

    Not really. You can blame Austria-Hungary for interfering with Balkan independence after the Ottomans lost control of that region. You can blame Princip for killing Ferdinand. You can blame Serbia for supporting Princip. You can blame Austria for launching the war in retaliation. You can blame Germany for the Austrian blank check alliance. You can blame Russia for its support of the Balkans. You can blame France for its alliance with Russia trying to contain Germany. You can blame Germany for its invasion of Belgium resulting in British involvement. You can blame Germany for its global empire aspirations. You can blame Britain and France for wanting to contain Germany preventing German empire expansion. You can blame a british-German naval arms race for ratcheting up tensions.  You can blame military establishments with lack of foresight who prepared to fight 19th century warfare with modern weaponry. You can blame war planners who created the timetables, mass troop mobilization plans, and rail lines that created the conditions ripe for war (who ever arrived the fastest at the border with the biggest army would win the war...which had the psychological effect of making it impossible to stop once it kicked off). That last part was the equivalent of MAD (mutually assured destruction). Just like nukes during the Cold War, every side was ready to push the mobilization button which once pushed was unstoppable. All sides had their thumb on the button and keenly watched the other side so as to mobilize and deploy troops as fast as possible. And like MAD, whoever delayed in pushing that button risked national annihilation. There was no time to engage in diplomacy once the gears of mobilization started turning. It was all too automated a response without any time or opportunity for anyone to stop and say let’s think this over or let’s talk. And of course to blame were the state heads too brash, stubborn, and eager to jump at the opportunity of war and ignoring soft power diplomacy as an alternative tool.  Maybe you could also blame the French loss in the Franco-Prussian war for creating the French antipathy for Germans. Maybe blame Bismarck for unifying Germany and sending it down the road of wanting to be a real world power (which meant in those days: an empire) bring it into eventual confrontation  with Britain and France. So much blame. 

  • garry
    Lv 6
    6 days ago

    they blamed germany who helped an allie of theres during another war , some small country over some viceroy being killed . it just escalated to ww1 .

  • Anonymous
    7 days ago

    NO, several. The Serbs started it with assassination of Franz Ferdinand (by the common criminal Princip), who was the leader of the peace party and who wanted to have good relations with Serbia and Russia. But Austria-Hungarian, Russian and German governments could have made other decisions, e.g. not helping Serbia or not declaring war on France and instead keep war on the Balkans etc.

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  • Anonymous
    7 days ago

    The assassination of the archduke triggered the outrage that caused dominoes to fall including the numerous treaties/alliances countries had formed.

  • 1 week ago

    Yes Like Germany was to Blame for WW1 and WW2 but Funded by the USA there is No Doubt about that

    the Vietnam War Caused By the USA the Korean War caused By the USA Both were having a civil war and was No Business of the USA 

    Columbia caused by the USA

    Remember if the Germans had not Invaded Neutral Belgium the UK would have stayed out of the small European war and there would not have been a Great war

  • 1 week ago

    Not fairly.  It's a row of dominoes and if you take any one out, the scale of the thing could have been much smaller.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 week ago

    No.  WWI happened because a single event triggered a sequence of responses based on a network of treaties across multiple countries on both sides.  There was plenty of opportunity for countries to back down before going to war. Howerever, most belligerents felt that the conflict would be short and they would come out victorious.

    If it wasn't that one event, it would have been another.  It was a powder keg waiting to happen.

  • 1 week ago

    One individual called Gavrilo Princip should be blamed solely for WWI. He shot Mr and Mrs. Archduke, which didn't please the Austrians AT ALL.

  • 1 week ago

    The first military action was by Austria. They invaded Serbia. 

    The reason was that the he Serbs, wea wouldn't hand over the assassin Gavrilo Princip, over for trial  in Austria.

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