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U.s. Honors Pre Wwi Homework

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Ria Anand
Mr. LeRoy
US History Honors 4A
23 October 2015
U.S. Honors Pre-WWI Homework
1. After expanding his territory, people regarded Otto Van Bismarck as someone who was great with expansion, but he refused to take part in any more wars so as not to shatter his land, and because he preferred peace over war. He did not want to establish a naval force because he considered himself to be a hero on land, and he did not want to have a bitter relationship with England. Additionally, after conquering Alsace and Lorraine from France, Bismarck knew that France would be plotting to get him back, so he wanted to isolate France from having any allies in order to keep them from revolting against Germany. He did this by becoming friends with other
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However, because Germany was already such a powerful country, the other countries became scared of the fact that if Germany was powerful on land and sea, they would be unbeatable. They saw Germany’s naval force as a threat. (“German”).
The decisions of Bismarck and Wilhelm were significant to World War I because each of their methods were so different. While maintaining most of the same goals, their approach to solving these methods caused World War I. For example, Wilhelm’s attempt to isolate France did not go as well as he had hoped and gave a completely opposite effect than what he was aiming for, as well as angering the other countries. His fumble in Morocco caused him to gain more foes and give France more allies, as well as give him a bad reputation. Additionally, by adding a naval force, he came off as a threat to the other countries. Bismarck did not want to establish a naval force, but Wilhelm’s thirst for power blinded him to make inadequate decisions. People began to develop a distrust and fear of Germany, which was what Bismarck worked to prevent (“German”). Bismarck’s and Wilhelm’s decisions on foreign policy and its execution were some of the key factors that lead to this war. Who they chose to become allies with, and who they caused others to become allies with was one of the major causes of World War I (Dobbs).

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