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p. 313. Diplomatic origins of the Great War and Versailleslocked

  • Joseph M. Siracusa

Abstract

‘Diplomatic origins of the Great War and Versailles’ describes the triggers for the start of World War I. Within days of Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, Imperial Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan, and Italy became immersed in the great struggle. The origins of the Great War lay principally in the in the alliance diplomacy that had developed over many years between Germany, Austria, and Italy, on the one hand, and France and Russia, on the other. The historic Franco–German enmity and the diplomacy of Otto von Bismarck and the Prussian-German empire are discussed, as well as the key events of the Great War and the protracted negotiations required for the Treaty of Versailles.

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