Was Bethmann-Hollweg's plan during July 1914 a good one?:)

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If Bethmann-Hollweg's plan had been a good one, WWI wouldn't have spread, so I guess I'll have to say it was not a good plan.

On the one hand, the plan was politically good because it did what Germany and its allies needed.  To keep German opinion and German allies happy, Bethmann-Hollweg needed to look like he was standing up to the Slavs and supporting Austria-Hungary.

But he did not account for the opinion of other countries, specifically Russia and England.  Bethmann-Hollweg thought that Russia wouldn't get into the war and even if it did, the British would not come in.  He was wrong on both counts.

So I think his plan was politically "good" but it was a disaster because it helped spread the war.