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How did nationalism contribute to the unrest in Europe that led to World War I?

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lilmommy | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:17 AM via web

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How did nationalism contribute to the unrest in Europe that led to World War I?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:37 AM (Answer #1)

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Nationalism contributed to unrest because it led people in the Austro-Hungarian Empire to be unhappy with the fact that they were part of that empire.  This empire was ruled by people who were ethnically German.  But many of the people they ruled were not ethnically German.  Among these were the Slavs who lived in the Balkans.  They were very unhappy with the idea of being ruled by people outside their own ethnic group.  This led to unrest among them and, eventually, to the assassination of the Austrian archduke that set off the war.

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