It was a diplomatic triumph for France. Of course, as we have already seen, domestic policies were interlinked with foreign policy for the Germans-so while life for the masses at home might not have had the same high drama as Moroccan stand-offs, an appreciation of the politics at home is very much important in gaining a more complete understanding of these years.
The ideas were formulated on the run after the war began, and did not mean these ideas had been reflected a prewar plan, as historian Fritz Fischer fallaciously assumed. There is very little argument to be made in terms of the outcome of the naval race, then, but what seems most important-to me, at least- is the impact it had on both countries at the start of the twentieth century.
Powerful lobbying groups in Germany desired a large navy to give Germany a worldwide role and to protect a growing German colonial empire in Africa and the Pacific.
Most power remained with Bismarck himself. Put less colloquially, why was Germany itching to prosecute a dangerously aggressive foreign policy when its domestic situation was strong and its position in Europe was unrivaled?
With its large and rapidly growing population 40 million in Craig says that the crucial decisions in going to war in"were made by the soldiers and that, in making them, they displayed an almost complete disregard for political considerations.
He believed in his country. The powerful German Army reported separately to the Emperor, and increasingly played a major role in shaping foreign policy when military alliances or warfare was at issue.
When ethnic Serbians assassinate the Austrian heir, Austria decided to heavily punish Serbia. Movements in Prussia, Bavaria, Baden and Saxony all demanded change and political transformation, one of which was German unification.
For example, both postage stamps and currency were issued for the empire as a whole. In —, Russia fought a victorious war with the Ottoman Empire and attempted to impose the Treaty of San Stefano on it.
Germany had no direct interest in the Balkans, however, which was largely an Austrian and Russian sphere of influence, although King Carol of Romania was a German prince. One factor in the social anatomy of these governments was the retention of a very substantial share in political power by the landed elitethe Junkersresulting from the absence of a revolutionary breakthrough by the peasants in combination with urban areas.
German aims can easily be understood when put into that context. Inshe once more attempted to gain traction through the use of Morocco. Christopher Clark, for example, writes: It was a diplomatic triumph for France.
Membership of unions was growing dramatically, and strikes occurred regularly, some of which-most disturbingly for the German hierarchy-were designed to bring about change in the German political landscape Politics in Germany () Summary.
The year marked the beginning of the German Empire under the Prussian crown.
An empire in name, Germany was actually administered by its chancellor Otto von Bismarck, a landed aristocrat (or, Junker) from east Prussia. German Foreign Policy War Guilt? STUDY. PLAY.
Germany reacted to this by giving Austria they unlimited support, the blank cheque, so Germany had no way out so in order to give this the German government would have had to have really wanted to go to war and would have had to have calculated the effect. 26th July- The British.
Bismarck and most of his contemporaries were conservative-minded and focused their foreign policy attention on Germany's neighbouring states.
In60% of German foreign investment was in Europe, as opposed to just 5% of British investment. German Foreign Policy By Kristian Ola He was the force behind German foreign policy during his reign, and Germany went where his finger pointed.
Bismarck was a very successful statesman, opportunist or not, and managed to isolate France from the other great powers and keep relations with Russia friendly.
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As it is the Elites that are engaging in this, it suggests that the Elites were the ones in control of Germany However.Download