Berchtold, perhaps after Moltke, was probably the single person most responsible for starting the war, and he lived another 25 years.
Come on, Ken! Such a colossal historical event had many more roots, reasons and motifs than the will and actions of a single individual.
That's my point. Am around page 500 by now and haven't reached at the Kaiser yet.
but no one had greater responsibility, Germany knew issuing 'the blank check' to Austria-Hungary in regards to invading Serbia would lead to war with Russia.
Which obvously makes Russia as culpable.
And how about England and France looking just for a good reason to curtail Germany's steadily and thoroughly march towards European industrial and economical hegemony?