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World War One – Causes
Germany practiced nationalism by improving its military militarism and Germany wanted to be the top 1 country in Europe. Other nations grew tense due to the fast improving military of Germany. Russia believed in Pan-Slavism. Pan-Slavism is the belief that the Russian race is superior compared to other races. So Russia colonized smaller countries to spread the Russian culture. Other than Pan-Slavism, there was also Russification. Russification is a culture assimilation where non-Russians give up their language and culture for the Russian culture and language.
This article offers an overview of the progress of nationalism and the national idea starting with its origins as a mass political programme during the French Revolution and tracing its passage up to the beginning of the First World War. It looks at a number of "pivotal" points in the history of nationalism: notably the French Revolution itself and its aftermath, the Congress of Vienna in , the European Revolutions of , the unifications of Germany and Italy in the latter-part of the 19 th century, and the apparent rising tide of nationalism in the Ottoman Balkans, especially in the last quarter of the 19 th century. Throughout, the idea of nationalism's uni-linear and irresistible rise is challenged, and this article shows instead the role of accident and contingency, as well as alternative programmes of political organization that challenged the national idea. The history of nationalism in the pre period has often been refracted through the outcome of the First World War: is the point of departure, and preceding events and developments are selected and laid out in order to explain our arrival at this final station. Like the English Whig tradition, they tell of the forward and irresistible march of the national spirit, overcoming myriad obstacles and difficulties en route to its final affirmation.
The most direct way nationalism caused World War I was through the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, who was the heir to the throne of the Austro- Hungarian Empire. 3 educator answers; How did the Alliance System help cause WW1?.
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The first world war began in August This event was, however, simply the trigger that set off declarations of war. Scroll down for a comprehensive discussion of the causes of World War 1. Alternatively, if you would like to watch a video covering the same events, click below. An alliance is an agreement made between two or more countries to give each other help if it is needed. When an alliance is signed, those countries become known as Allies.
Nationalism was very common in early 20th-century Europe and is considered as a significant cause of World War I. Before the war, most Europeans believed in having some sort of cultural, economic and military supremacy and dominance over other nations. This was fuelled by provocative speeches, utterances or press reports. Front pages of newspapers were often headlined by nationalist rhetoric and exaggerated stories, such as rumours about rival nations and their horrible intentions. Nationalism was also significantly present in pop culture as it influenced literature, theatre and music. Leaders in power royal families, politicians and diplomats made no attempt to stop this trend and some even actively contributed to it. These trends of nationalism also gave citizens overconfidence in their nation, governments and the military strength.