Why Were Europeans To Blame For World War I?

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The way in which Europeans saw themselves after the industrial revolution is the only thing that should be blamed for the occurrence of WWI. The extreme Self-confidence or the megalomania that Europeans had during 19th century contributed significantly to WWI. The historical events and patterns created that megalomania. Victorian culture, successful practice of imperialism, successful nationalism movements in Germany and Italy all made Europeans to believe that there has to be something in their blood; so that could completely shape a new world. According to the lecture, “WWI started because of the culmination of national rivalries”. Mazzini’s nationalism proved to be strong, and made Europeans to overthink about their identity. By overthink, I mean exaggeration. Europeans…show more content…
It became essential for a citizen of a certain country to hate the people of other countries. In addition, with the new democratic or at least semi-democratic governments, the ideas and concerns of average people was beginning to matter as much as a king’s idea was important in the “old order” time. People stated to demand their governments to let them relish their new nationalistic enthusiasm. The successful practice of Imperialism was the other factor that we should blame for the occurrence of WWI. Killing defendless people in Asia and Africa made Europeans to become confident about their power to the extent that they “planned for forty years about how they had to fight with each other without direct experience of war. In fact, imperialistic conquest was nowhere near a real war. People and European government did not realize it. European people should be blamed for WWI not any other thing. That up to down kind of looking to other nations that had become an essential part of the European culture led to massive enthusiasm, and irrationality, which its direct result was
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