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By naming Russian mobilisation as the initial aggression. One needs to look no further than the German declaration of war itself. That document succinctly laid out Berlin's position that the Russian mobilisation was an existential threat as well as an act of aggression towards Germany. Presenting Germany as a peaceful mediator, it claims that: ...


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All legal privileges of the aristocracy were abolished when the Weimar Republic was founded. The current Federal Republic of Germany does not recognize any nobility but allows the use of hereditary titles as part of a name, unlike Austria where even that is banned. As for individual Kingdoms and other entities, their fates are as follows: Kingdoms were ...


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Kreise and Gemeinden (or Ämter - sg.: Amt, which was the smallest sub-unit in Baden) developed independently from each other. Additionally, they developed in different ways depending on the state's constitution. For example, with the reforms during/after Napoleon's reign in central Europe, Prussia and Bavaria enacted laws to create and develop Gemeinden in ...


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The short answer is that, if Germany sat and waited while Russia mobilized, the Germans believed they would be crushed between France and Russia. Imperial Russia was considered to be a powerful nation because they could put so many men in the field. Russia's inability to properly equip or supply them was not properly understood. The German war plan was to ...


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Terminal train stations were built in continental Europe because many railroads connected only two cities in the early to mid 19th century. There were not many rail lines, and the stations built were terminal stations. As the railroad network increased, the terminal stations could not be converted to passthrough anymore.


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As ihtkwot♦ wrote: In fact the Allies borrowed $2.5 billion from the Americans, whereas the Germans only borrowed $45 million. "World War" I was largely a war between France and Germany. The problem was, that France couldn't really afford the war with Germany (remember, they lost the war in 1870), so they heavily borrowed from the US, as did Britain. ...


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You didn't say how long you have before the debate, but if you have the time read The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 Published in the year of the centennial of the outbreak of the war, it does an excellent job of using all the latest research on causes of the Great War, including whose fault it was and who started it. Spoilers: no, it wasn't ...


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At least at first, the German Army in WWI was organized by districts in the country - so a unit would be full of Hessians, Westphalians, or Prussians. This extended to the extent that nearly all of one of the armies attacking France (the 6th) was made up of Bavarian troops and was led by the Crown Prince of Bavaria. Later in the war they might have ...



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