- Jan 2018
I do think Austria bears more of a burden than Jaap believes. I’d say Serbia and Austria bore responsibility in the first instance, then Russia and France who had been urging Serbia on. Germany was saddled with Austria as an ally (‘handcuffed to a corpse” as I have read).
Austria and Russia were each essentially quite busy in the game of who would control the Balkans (and then attack the Ottomans once more). Obviously the locals had quite different plans.
And both Russia and Austria had a lot of internal problems, and were rather arrogant.
Germany would have been wiser to take more distance from Austria (and France from Russia).
An arrogant, belligerent walking corpse does not make a great treaty partner...
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