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They weren't actively seeking one. The Germans were - they felt they needed to destroy Russia sooner rather than later, wanted to get their 'rightful' place in Europe and the world, plus felt it would be a good way of solving domestic tensions. The French weren't reluctant to go to war unlike 1939, but they weren't into starting one on their own. At least that's been the historiographical consensus since the dust settled from the arguments started by Fritz Fischer's Griff nach der Weltmacht (1961, English title "Germany Aims in WWI)
by MarekNYC on Fri Aug 8th, 2008 at 02:31:00 PM EST
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