Essay on Origins of World War

1558 WordsOct 8, 19997 Pages
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 country's 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…show more content…
Grey also wrote in his memoirs that he could have resigned but that would have put France in a tough position because they were counting on British support. Grey then decided to do nothing and stay neutral until of course Germany entered into neutral grounds, which was Belgium. This act by Germany gave the British Cabinet the decision to enter the war on the Franco-Russian side. His secondary reason for making the move on siding with the French was the fact that he had a moral obligation to aid France based solely on past naval conversations, and his belief that Germany was unjustly defending Austria. Fay believed that Italy and Belgium had little influence in the creation of the war, but did in fact see the danger they were quickly getting involved in. He then concludes that the verdict of Germany and her allies being responsible for the war was ‘historically unsound'. The thesis of the article, Germany's Aims in the First World War, can be clearly stated as Germany's objective and claim to world power. Fischer can be quoted as saying, "Germany found herself, as Moltke put it, ‘in a condition of hopeless isolation which was growing ever more hopeless." (Fischer, Germany's Aims in the First World War). Fischer's first explanation

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