The Role Of Nationalism In World War I

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In the early 1900’s Serbians explored the topic of nationalism through both passive and violent exchange. These actions lead to multiple changes in Serbian politics, culture, and daily life for the Serbians. “Nationalism is an extreme form of patriotism and loyalty to one 's country.” (Alpha History) Major empires like Britain and Germany dominated Northern Europe and gave their people a form of nationalism that filled the people with righteousness and superiority. However, there was another form of Nationalism forming in Southern Europe, mainly the Balkans, that didn 't involve military power or supremacy. This form of Nationalism that included a fight for independence and autonomy and self government. “Pan-Slavism, the belief that the Slavic peoples of Eastern Europe should have their own nation, was strongly opposed to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its control and influence over the region.” (Alpha History) In aggravation, the Serbs joined radical nationalist groups in an attempt to drive out Austria-Hungary from the Balkans and to create a “Greater Serbia”. These groups designed an assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June of 1914,…show more content…
Like what was stated earlier, Serbian Nationalism later caused World War I. Exchanges were extremely important during the War. Items like weapons and food had to be transported from country to country help out during the war. Countries had to come up with who they wanted help and fight for during the war, and who they had to fight against. Exchange however, doesn 't only deal with trade. Exchange also relates to the concept of exchanging and sharing ideas and beliefs. Nationalism caught on people actually started to stand up for what they believed in and started to represent their country. I think World War I was fought purely on Nationalism. The people of each country actually wanted to support their country in the war and fought with heart and
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