Nationalism Leading To World War I - Faizan Sadiq

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Nationalism can be defined as having a sense of belonging and loyalty to ones country or nation state. Of all the European nations, France was the first to sport the idea of nationalism. Many countries became influenced by the French's ideas of nationalism, As a result nationalism had spread throughout Europe by the nineteenth and twentieth century. One result that nationalism had on Europe was, the wanting of unification. The people of nation states wanted their country to belong to. This wanting lead to the unifying of Italy and Germany. Soon nationalism had increased the peoples confidence, and a feeling of imperialism ran through the unified countries. Unified countries such as France, Germany, Russia wanted to extend their empires. But this Imperialism in Europe led to many conflicts between countries. All this Conflict eventually resulted in the beginning of World War I. .

In the 19th Century nationalism had a strong up rise in society.

The nation would benefit from action independently rather then collectively, emphasizing nation rather then international goals. A lot of countries want to come one with all of the people in the country. But there were a lot of problems get people to think and belief the same things. Religion was one of the main reasons the nationalism didn't work. One of the countries that used nationalism to unite was Germany. Germany had strong country in the past but the after Napoleons rule the country went all down hill. In 1814-1815 the Congress of Vienna created the so-called German Confederation under Austrian and Prussian hegemony, but this would make it hard for the dreams of nationalism. The rivalry of Austria and Prussia paralyzed it in a way comparable to the effects of Soviet-Americans dualism on the United Nations during the cold war. In Germany the old...