Jagow, Gottlieb von

Jagow, Gottlieb von

(gôt`lēp fən yä`gō), 1863–1935, German diplomat and foreign minister (1913–16). In the negotiations preceding World War I he sought to give the impression that Germany was attempting to restrain the Austrians even as he encouraged a localized Austro-Serbian war and prepared for a larger conflict if it developed.
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Jagow, Gottlieb Von

 

Born June 22, 1863, in Berlin; died Jan. 11, 1935, in Potsdam. German diplomat.

Jagow was ambassador to Italy from 1909 to 1912 and secretary of state for foreign affairs from 1913 to 1916. He played an important role in the preparations for, and initiation of, World War I. He signed a military pact with Turkey in August 1914 and facilitated Bulgaria’s entry into the German-Austrian bloc in October 1915. During the war Jagow unsuccessfully explored the possibility of a separate agreement with Russia.

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