Germany is Responsible for the Outbreak of World War I

972 Words Jan 31st, 2018 4 Pages
William I possessed a set of social and political plans that stood opposing to the ambitious plans of autocratic chancellor, Otto Von Bismarck and the past chancellors. Following Bismarck’s resignation at the emperor’s army-supported request, William II began Germany’s navigation towards eminent global conflict. Instability within the region increased as German’s military, colonial and industrial expansions led to a newfound search for nationalism and global power. Coupled with the sociopolitical and cultural factors taking place in Germany, the time was appropriate for the country to play a significant role in instigating the world’s largest global conflict of its time. Prior to the First World War, Wilhelmine Germany placed itself at the forefront of European industrialization due to its active population growth along with increased migration of citizens from rural areas to urban towns and cities. As cities such as Berlin rapidly expanded to accommodate for the recent migration of factory workers, population heightened as the country’s population grew from 41 million in 1871 to 67.7 million in 1914 (Fulbrook 137). The continued growth in population led to sizeable increases in Germany’s manufacturing ability due to an…
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