How Did Nationalism Cause Ww1

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'Nationalism In Balkans' was the greatest cause of world war one how valid is this assertion Nationalism was the greatest cause of world war one as evidenced by the tension in the Balkans which resulted in chaos in Europe as argued in this essay. The conflicts in the Balkans drew Germany and Russia on the conflict map as they were allies to different diverse systems in the Balkan region. Nevertheless it can notably argued that the alliance system,naval race and the Moroccan crisis also led to the outbreak of world war one .In the first place, both governments believed their prestige and credibility were on the line, not only in the international community, but at home. For the Austrians, a personal attack on the royal family required a strong response, especially if it involved Serbs, who had defied the Dual Monarchy during the Pig War, been labelled as traitors during the Friedjung Trial, and recently destroyed south-eastern Europe's other dynastic empire (the Ottomans). Failure to act in the summer of 1914 invited greater turmoil later. For the Serbian regime, the humiliating Austrian terms would have undone all the progress made since 1903 in achieving independence from Habsburg meddling. The economic Pig War, Austria's annexation of Bosnia in 1908, and now the demand to send police into Serbia, all implied renewed Austrian control. In addition, Pasic and his ministers faced a real risk…show more content…
Both Germany and Russia mobilized their armies in haste, because each one feared defeat by powerful enemies if they delayed. Germany and Russia also rashly committed themselves to support Balkan clients - Austria-Hungary and Serbia, respectively - because Berlin and St. Petersburg feared that failure to do so would cost them the trust of important allies and leave them isolated. This view treats Balkan matters largely as influences on policy
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