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Neither side was good in WW1

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Many textbooks place the blame on the central powers for the start of WW1, and especially on Germany. They justify this by focusing on the war crimes committed by the central powers, but ignore the war crimes by the allied powers.

Also it was not the central powers who started the war, but the Serbian government. It is also not recognized that the Serbian government was responsible for the assassination, but the organization which assassinated the archduke of Austria-Hungary had strong connections to the Serbian government, due to the fact that the organization itself made it possible for the government to exist in the first place. 

After the war ended, harsh treaties were placed on the central powers which crippled their economies, and caused political instability. Many people predicted that this harsh treatment might cause war, including the allied leaders themselves, but the treatment continued, and like they predicted, ww2 erupted. 

Another misconception is based on the Zimmermann telegram. The Zimmermann telegram did not ask Mexico to declare war on the US along with the Central Powers, like most people think it did. All it said was that if the US declares war on the Central Powers, then Mexico should join the Central Powers. 

The allies blamed Germany for infringing on international trade rights, but don't blame themselves for severing the German line of communication to the rest of the world. 

Neither side was better than the other in WW1. 
joecavalry
  1. Who was good in WW1?

    4 votes
    1. Allied Powers
        0.00%
    2. Central Powers
      50.00%
    3. Neither
      50.00%

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  • I would argue that you can't place most of the blaim on the central powers for both world war I and II. The Germans worn't originally planing to start the war of world war I. It just happened.
  • @Nope

    No, they very much planned it in reaction to the assassination. The argument is that the circumstances placed on them essentially pushed them into it and if they didn't go to war then they would have gone to war in a few years when they would be more vulnerable to Russian expansionism.

    Not sure if you typed ww II there by accident as hat was very much intentional and planned with no legitimate excuse.
  • The Germans and their allies were responsible or mostly responsible for millions of people being killed and injured during World War One and World War Two. 
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  • Ampersand In world war II the allied forces left Germany in a position that place Germane in a position for war.
  • @Ampersand @Nope
    In WW2 the German government was at fault, but the German people weren't. 
  • @joecavalry
    Why? They didn't start the conflict. 
  • In world war II the Germans were left in a position where they had almost nothing and were in ruin. The Germans had nothing to loose. Many people new World War II was coming. The Allie power had left Germany in a position were it was going to happen. But we are getting of topic. World War I.
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