Nationalism Was the Primary Cause of the Outbreak of World War 1. Discuss.

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Although nationalism is a factor that contributed to World war 1, to say that it is the primary cause of the outbreak of the war is incorrect. Many factors, adding up together, led to the outburst of World war 1. Alliances and Imperialism can both be seen as much of a cause to the war as Nationalism. All these three factors: Nationalism, Alliances and Imperialism are as important as the other in the lead up to the war. Nationalism refers to nations trying to take over smaller nations and making them subject to their rule. During this period in time, mnay countires, especially Germany and Britain were trying to take over other nations. Britain has the largest nation, and because of this, many other nations were scared of her. Some countries such as Germany wanted to over-ride Britain and make their nation bigger, and thus, a competition between these rivalries were arousing, to see who can build up the bigger nation. The smaller countries did not want to be taken over, and so, they did their best in fighting back.The conflict between the nations trying to over-ride one another with their nations and the conflict aroused between countries wanting to escape from a nation's ruling led up to the outburst in war. Alliances are promises or agreements to help and defend another country. During this time, the two evident alliances were the Triple Alliance consisting of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy; and the Triple Entente bringing together France, Russia and Britain. Alliances play a part in the outbreak of the war because it one country from each alliance were at conflict, the remaining countries in their alliance would be quick to join them, thus, making it a bigger conflict and war. If there were no alliances at this time, world war 1 would not have been as big as it was. Imperialism is the love and pride for one's country. People during this time period were
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