QUOTE(Guest @ Mar 7 2005, 08:23 PM)
@mei: What are you, a walking encyclopedia?
Try this next: State in order who declares war on whom. I never remember this part and it's always fun to hear it.
Mei had a really good history teacher that had us write magazine articles on certain topics. One of mei's was "The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand," so mei managed to retain some of the info.
Austria-Hungary sent an ultimatum to Serbia that only thinly veiled the larger nation's itch to war. Serbia only refused one condition, but Austria-Hungary (backed by Germany) took the opportunity and declared war. Russia had promised to back Serbia's independence, though it wasn't too keen on war. But because Russia's so far and they take so long to mobilize, Russia figured they should get a head start, just in case. Well, Germany didn't take that so well and demanded that Russia back down. The Russian government figured that demobilizing would ruin any chance Russia had, in case
they came to war, so they kept at it. Lo and behold! Germany declared war on Russia. Now, since France was aligned with Russia, Germany figured they should do some pre-emptive war declarations and declared war on France two days after Russia's notification. Once the war was under way, Germany wanted to get around France's fortifications by way of Belgium, where France was weaker. Too bad Belgium was a neutral country. Great Britain, which wouldn't have joined the war despite being aligned France and Russia, didn't like Germany taking liberty with Belgium's borders, so Great Britain declared war on Germany. [/history lesson of the day]
Mei hopes she didn't miss anything...
QUOTE(Quistis88 @ Mar 7 2005, 09:58 PM)
- Today, I found out that young!arche
Well, more like "confirmed" since I already had suspicions.
How old are these "kids"?
- Sore throat hurts. Bah.
Mei checked her facts, and it turns out Britain wasn't involved in the alliance web. They just didn't like Germany running amok in Belgium. ^^;