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To: rmlew

WWI started on 28 July when the Austro-hungarians invaded Serbia. the others got automatically involved due to treaties (and quite frankly that’s what they wanted — the Russians wanted to crush the Ottomans and their plan in 1914, shared with the French and British was to take over Constantinople and have their sphere of influence in central/eastern europe and to reduce Austria to just the area of Salzburg.)


7 posted on 08/02/2012 12:07:09 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Cronos
WWI started on 28 July when the Austro-hungarians invaded Serbia. the others got automatically involved due to treaties (and quite frankly that’s what they wanted — the Russians wanted to crush the Ottomans and their plan in 1914, shared with the French and British was to take over Constantinople and have their sphere of influence in central/eastern europe and to reduce Austria to just the area of Salzburg.)
What?
Right until August 1, Russia and Austria-Hungary were negotiating. It could have been contained with Austria-Hungary punishing Serbia. Most European nations supported some punitive action. The ultimatum was harsh, but everyone to the Serbs to give in to most if not all demands. And the Serbs gave in to all but one demand. Russia did not want war. It was not ready for war and the Central Powers new this. They gambled that they could cripple Serbia and diplomatically cripple Russia. Tzar Nicholas understood this and mobilized on July 30th. The Germans then mobilized, and the rest was disaster. The Ottomans were not even allied with Germans until August and did not enter the war for another month. Russia sought to take Poland and protect Serbia.
9 posted on 08/02/2012 12:44:29 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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