I know that the US, England, and France decided that Germany was responsible for WW1, but was this a fair assessment? Why/why not?

  • @Tyler, so what you're saying is that I should edit my question as to make the answer I got not make sense?
    – Carl
    Oct 22, 2015 at 23:40

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The question of responsibility for the first World War is sufficiently unclear to count as "primarily opinion-based". Most nations could have acted better, and who was worst is a value judgement.

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    The origins of the First World War are extraordinarily complex. There were inherent long-term reasons, and issues that lit the fuse. But the essential problem was Germany's late industrialisation, and her late unification as a nation state (1870s). There were also massive issues concerning a myriad of nationalisms within the Austro_Hungarian Empire and in the Balkans, as countries like Serbia fought off the Ottoman Turks, and Pan-Slavisim took root. Germany's imperial ambitions could not be accommodated within the existing states system. 1914-18 was essentially a war of empires.
    – WS2
    Oct 22, 2015 at 18:42

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