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Nationalism The Cause of World War I In the rising part of the 20th century many issues come to mind when it comes to what was the cause of WWI Nationalism can be described as ones pride in their county or state Loyalty was important in the early 20th century and that is why Nationalism was the cause of WWI During the early part of the 20th century the idealism of being an independent country was becoming a frequent activity The annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Austria-Hungary fueled this fire in the Balkan states The annexation sparked the nationalistic idea to rise up against Austria-Hungary and become an independent state Serbia wanting to join with other Serbian nations outside their borders was totally against coming under Austrian-Hungarian control Serbia quickly called to Russia for help but with Germany on the side of Austria-Hungary they quickly stopped the Russian descent and Bosnia-Herzegovina had to recognize the annexation This situation leads to the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand With the Serbians mad at the Austrian-Hungarian government the formation of some nationalistic groups such as The Black Hand took place These organizations were a result of the rising nationalism that was taking place within the nation state Fighting for their nation they assassinated the Archduke in an attempt to acquire independence The assassination unleashed a chain reaction of events which caused Germany to declare war on Russia on June 28 1914 The rise of Nationalism was else where too The Germans adopted the Schlieffen Plan which enabled them to fight and defeat France then move on to Russia This plan if executed right allowed Germany to become the influential power in Europe Becoming a European power was a nationalistic view throughout all of Germany in the post-war era The prime weakness in each of
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