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greement/Disagreement with Britain on the Issues of the WarGermany disagreesBlames Russia insteadOfficial German Statement on Outbreak of War (card 7A)Russia mobilizing against Germany meant that Russia would attack; Germany had to protect itself against Russia and its allies, unleashing warOfficial German Statement on Outbreak of War (card 7B)Russia misinterpreted the intentions of Austria-Hungary: Austria-Hungary explained that entering a state of war with Serbia was only for defense, but Russia mobilized its armies anywayGermany is Responsible for the start of WWIHow Much the Leaders of Germany Wanted WarWilling to support Austria-Hungary no matter whatThe Blank Cheque (card 15A)Will support Austria-Hungary even in war against Serbia in retaliation for the assassination of Archduke Franz FerdinandJules Cambon’s conversation with Herr von Jagow (card 5B)German diplomat Herr von Jagow took great offense and protested enthusiastically to Cambon’s asking if Germany wished for war, making him appear very suspicious to CambonCrown Prince Wilhelm’s enthusiasm for war (card 16A)Ideas of peace are too utopian and “un-German”Loyal Germans must be willing to demonstrate that military spirit has not died in Germany How Hard the Leaders of Germany Tried to Prevent WarVery little evidence of German leaders trying to prevent war Wilhelm II’s War Speeches (card 8A)Wilhelm II mentioned that he has made efforts to preserve peaceYet did not offer evidence or examples to supportHow responsible Germany is for the start of WWI Largely responsible, and while trying to divert attention away from themselves, the Germans wrongly blamed Russia British government’s rebuttal of Germany blaming Russia (card 1A) Difficult to tell who started the war when negotiations took place over the course of a couple of hours Throughout the negotiations between Russia and Germany, Russia’s intentions were clear, yet Germany claims that Russia betrayed themBritish government’s rebuttal of Germany blaming Russia (card 1B) Mobilization orders do not necessarily entail attack Different countries have very different mobilization systems; those of Russia can differ greatly from those of Germany and therefore it cannot be rightly assumed that Russia intended to take action against Germany Furthermore, Germany is directly responsible as its leaders refused offers to make peaceJules Cambon’s conversation with Herr von Jagow (card 5A)Germany could not agree to try to reach a peaceful settlement as an alternative to war because that would entail intervening in the conflict between Austria and RussiaReport by Sir Edward Goschen (card 14A)Goschen asked German diplomat Herr von Jagow if there was any possibility to recollect German troops from Belgium in order to preserve peace, but von Jagow explained that passing through Belgium was necessary as it was the quickest route to France Report by Sir Edward Goschen (card 14B)Although Germany was warned that had their troops not retreated from Belgium by midnight, consequences would follow, the Germans remained persistent in their decision, making war inevitable