As a product of the Revolutions of 1848, European sentiment towards Nationalism grew extensively among the middle and lower classes. European ethnic groups and nations desired a self-determined state that represented their group and culture. As a result, both Germany and Italy would experience unification movements within several decades. By 1871, the Italian states would be unified under the Italian tricolour flag; and in the same year, the German states would become integrated into Germany under Wilhelm I of Prussia. Nationalism is both a political and social system in which the nation-state is of utmost importance -- in which nation-states act in their own self-interest and are of full sovereignty.
He wanted to unify the north German states under Prussian control. Furthermore, weaken Prussia’s main rival, Austria, by removing it from the Bund. He also wanted to make Berlin the center of German affairs. Lastly, he intended on strengthening the position of the King of Prussia, William I, to counter the demands for reform from the Liberals in the Prussian parliament (the Reichstag). Prussia had become the most industrialised state in Germany.
By 1871, Otto Von Bismarck had accomplished total German Unification, which included the Southern German States. In my essay, I will analyse how Bismarck used combined politics in order to preserve his power over Germany, the role of the wars against France, Austria and Denmark and how it influenced German politics. I will also discuss how historians have describes his politics as Bonapartist and the previous actions already in place when he was appointed Minister President of Prussia. Throughout his political career, Bismarck used combines politics as a method of maintaining power in an ever politically shifting country. After the revolution of 1848, a new wave of nationalism and liberalism had risen and it could not be quashed down, and
Germany wanted to become a self-sufficient nation by producing everything with raw materials provided on its land. In addition, Hitler wanted to follow his nation’s interests as he says in one of his conferences: “It is necessary that the individual should finally come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of the nation, that the position of the individual is conditioned solely by the interests of the nation as a whole.” Hitler wanted his nation to live in prosperity, on this background he was ready to risk a war to reach his and his nation’s
Churchill is declaring that he has a specific mission to the formation of the the victory against Germany. He will stop at nothing for the win. The setting of the speech established a inspiring mood because he came with the plan to better the military so they could prepare for the war. The speech is accredited for the victory of the British against Germany. Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat was a speech given by Winston Churchill.
To what extent was Wilhelm’s foreign policy the cause of WWI? Kaiser Wilhelms foreign policy wasn’t the exact cause of World War I, but it was one of the main causes that brought it to start. In 1888, Wilhelm II became the Kaiser of the german empire. The changes he made in the policies and style of government during the next years played a big role in the outbreak of war during 1914. Compared to Bismarck, who chose really conservative politics between the 1870s and 1880s, Wilhelm opted for a militaristic and expansionist political path, in order to defend Germany’s “Place in The Sun”.
Woodrow Wilson’s speech, “War Message” was important because diplomatic relations with Germany were severed and war was about to break out. A resolution for war was passed by congress. Woodrow Wilson’s speech had a huge impact on congress’ decision. Could you imagine having to make the decision of whether your country will enter into war or not? On February 1, Woodrow Wilson released the extraordinary announcement of the Imperial German Government.
In order to support this view, I will analyse the poems Anthem for doomed youth and Dulce Et Decorum Est. Patriotic organizations (as the Central Committee for National Patriotic Organizations) and nationalists views help establish a propaganda machine that twist the real image of war. Even before the war broke out in 1914, many people saw the conflict with Germany inevitable considering the vast amounts of pro-war propaganda circulated by the government, the press private patriotic organizations, and even popular British authors. Its purpose was to "build up the image of national and allied leaders as the embodiment of courage, heroism, and resolution, while the enemy leaders become the embodiment of evil and the scapegoats for the war." To the British, it was their duty to fight against Germany; it was a just cause that should be
In 1914, Britain put a distant blockade on Germany, which allowed them to control exits from the North Sea and damaged both Germany’s economy and War effort (Roskill 4: 533). Germany attempted to break Britain’s blockade, which resulted in the Battle of Jutland, in 1916. The role that other nations’ navies played was also extremely influential on the outcome of World War I. The role of naval Warfare during World War I, especially the Allied blockade of Germany, proved to be crucial in defeating the Central Powers, which consisted of Austria-Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire. The naval race between Great Britain and Germany from 1898 to 1914 caused great friction among the two nations and was one of the causes for World War I.