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Who bore responsibility for the start of World War I? Show more Show less
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Lasting from 1914 to 1918, World War 1 claimed over 16 million lives, bolstered military technology, and brought world powers to the European theater to fight till ultimate destruction. Who can be blamed for the carnage seen throughout this conflict?

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Austria-Hungary and Germany saw an opportunity to conquer and took it

Austria-Hungary was waiting for an opportunity to assert their influence and their allyship with Germany guaranteed them a "blank check," assuring Germany's support and resources to Austria-Hungary's prerogative.

The Argument

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand should not be written off as an unfortunate incident with disproportionate consequences inciting an entire world war. It was clear that the drift growing between European powers led the duo of Austria-Hungary and Germany to go on the offensive, using the assassination as a guise. The balance of power in the European theater was veering away from Austria and Germany, resulting in them entering a state of policy where they would need to restate their own dominance in an effort of self-preservation. Specifically, the Austrians were already threatened by Serbian ambition in the Balkans and had felt a need to secure themselves in that sphere. The assassination resulted in an increased threat of military invasion, backing Austria and Germany further into their corner of the continent.[1]

Counter arguments

Austria-Hungary was Germany's only ally. They flanked Austria-Hungary with a goal of self preservation considering the rest of the actors in the theater viewed them as a threat to be removed.

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  1. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/austria-hungary-declares-war-on-serbia

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