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what are examples of nationalism in ww1?

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Nationalism is a very strong loyalty to one’s country. There are several examples of nationalism that are related to World War I. It was a group of Serbian nationalists that carried out the plan to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand. These Serbian nationalists wanted Austria-Hungary to give some land to Serbia where many Serbians were living. After Austria-Hungary refused, the Serbian nationalists killed Franz Ferdinand. This assassination was the spark that led to the start of World War I.

Another example of nationalism is how countries began to build up their armies and navies. Germany wanted to develop an overseas empire. It built up the army and the navy to accomplish this. Other countries also began to build up their military forces. Because intense patriotism and loyalty existed in these countries, the leaders and the people of each country believed that they could defeat any country that they might fight in a war. As a result, they weren’t afraid of fighting because they believed they would win any war that they fought.

These strong feelings of nationalism can also be seen in how each country viewed its rivals. In Great Britain, novelists often stereotyped the Germans as cold and cruel. The Russians were portrayed as uncultured. In Germany, the press showed the British as greedy, expansionist, and obsessed with money. These negative images helped stoke the spirit of superiority and nationalism that existed within many countries.

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The scale and severity of World War I alone speaks to the power of nationalism. It was nationalism that caused World War I. Serbian nationalism and resistance to being a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire motivated the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by the Black Hand, creating a ripple effect in the alliance system that in part led to the start of the war.

When the war began, nationalist fervor was high and enthusiasm to defend the nation led to a willingness to fight on an unprecedented scale. It is what allowed leaders of the major European powers to motivate their population to such massive war effort. Without an underpinning of nationalism, the scale of death and destruction witnessed in World War I would have been unlikely.

Even the end of the war, which concluded with the Treaty of Versailles and the formation of League of Nations, marked an unprecedented new dimension of nationalism, and it stoked the desire for national self-determination worldwide.

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One of the main reasons was caused because the countries has so much pride in them. It began with britain and Germany and Germany was beating britain in terms of his size of its naval forces. Britain wanted to have the strongest and largest naval forces so it continued to expand. This in a way provoked Germany and war began.