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Growing nationalism had been building up long before World War I Along with the citizens of many multi-ethnic nations of Europe who strove towards independence and unity with their brothers were the Great Powers who wished to extend their hand over the greater part of Europe and save their prestige By the time the war started millions of people were inflamed by patriotism and contrary to those who believe the armament to be the major cause of the war if the masses hadnt had such great nationalistic sentiment they would not have rushed to the guns being supplied to them And no war could take place without the manpower and feeling of purpose The people were delighted by the chance to prove their nations superiority and power and greeted the war with open arms Ethnicity and hurt pride created alliances between nations that would fight side by side and enemies that would cut each others throats The nationalist sentiment of the masses created the combustible atmosphere and proved to also be the spark which ignited it This could best be described by a quote from Hitlers thoughts from his book Mein Kampf As a boy and young man I had so often felt the desire to prove at least once by deeds that for me national enthusiasm was no empty whim Thus my heart like that of a million others overflowed with proud joy that at last I would be able to redeem myself from this paralyzing feeling 1 The rising feelings of nationalism manifested themselves in two major ways The power trip of the great powers of Europe was one The disputes between France and Germany to control the provinces of Alsace-Lorraine created some anti-German disturbances in 1913 It was protest against the loss of this area to Germany in the Franco-Prussian war In fact one of the key French leaders to war with Germany was the French president in 1913 Raymond Poincar
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