The Long Fuse Essay

984 WordsFeb 23, 20074 Pages
The Long Fuse In Laurence Lafore's book titled The Long Fuse he discusses the conflicts of World War I and describes how Austria-Hungary was considered to be the "Second Sick Man of Europe". During a time when Europe seemed to be moving faster towards progressive ideas and towards the sweeping away of old institutes, Turkey was the original Sick Man of Europe, mostly caused constitutional and national problems. The European order was based upon the assumption of nations in 1871, a kind of mutual protection, and as Austria was not a nation, it was in line after Turkey to become the second Sick Man of Europe. The term "Sick Man", in referring to a nation, according to Laurence Lafore, would be in circumstances that could lead to a type…show more content…
It was Germany's goal gain strategic position that enemy forces may gain to use against them, such as Austria. Bismarck was also contemplating another war to banish the French threat once and for all. Germany's interest played a key roll in pushing Austria-Hungary to disaster. The Emperor's League that was formed, which consisted of Germany, Austria, and Italy, did one major thing; it brought Austria and Germany closer together. Major problem developed after the Turkey's revolution, Austria's power position was threatened by the expansion in the Balkans, and also left Austria occupying Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Novibazar. This left Austria a need to find new bordering allies, and Germany could use that to avoid potential threats from France. Their alliance, and Austria's unique political system, caused a situation where Germany may need to intervene in situations outside of its own interests, which in a way happened. For the most part, Austria-Hungry did well as a nation, but foreign interests and pressures from Germany would lead the pack into an optimistic failure. Optimism and poor predictions were a few of the things that hit the two countries hard. Failing to predict Great Britain's involvement could have been one of their greatest failures, but perhaps Great Britain not disclosing their plans to get involved is what led to the disaster as well. The political system of Austria-Hungary was slow and indecisive. It was that system that led to the decision of
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