1904 – Entente Cordiale. Britain walks off with the French bride in order to end 1000 years of Anglo-French hostility end set up an anti-German alliance, that soon would be enlarged with Russia. Cartoon in British publication “Punch”. Note the devious look in the face of John Bull.
WW1 was entirely the work of Great-Britain:
“Frivolity and weakness are going to plunge the world into the most frightful war of which the ultimate object is the overthrow of Germany. For I no longer have any doubt that England, Russia and France have agreed among themselves – knowing that our treaty obligations compel us to support Austria – to use the Austro-Serb conflict as a pretext for waging a war of annihilation against us… In this way the stupidity and clumsiness of our ally [Austria] is turned into a noose. So the celebrated encirclement of Germany has finally become an accepted fact… The net has suddenly been closed over our heads, and the purely anti-German policy which England has been scornfully pursuing all over the world has won the most spectacular victory which we have proved ourselves powerless to prevent while they, having got us despite our struggles all alone into the net through our loyalty to Austria, proceed to throttle our political and economic existence. A magnificent achievement, which even those for whom it means disaster are bound to admire.”
German Kaiser Wilhelm