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Nationalism How did nationalism create the unrest between European nations which led to world war? Zach Donley Nationalism devotion and loyalty to one's own nation; patriotism the policy or doctrine of asserting the interests of one's own nation, viewed as separate from the interests of other nations or the common interests of all nations. Nations use flags to visually distinguish themselves from other nations. Flags are a great example of nationalism. European Nationalism As countries became more industrialized, they gained pride in their new technologies. Along with this, the countries of Europe also had pride in their ideals and wanted to spread their ideas to other parts of the world, and find new markets to sell their products to. So, in retrospect, Before the formation of the Allied and Central nationalism lead to powers, each country had its own interests in mind, which coupled with alliances, led to the imperialism, another major creation of the two sides. cause of WWI. Nationalism leads to Imperialism As one country looked elsewhere to spread their culture, so did the others. This created dispute when multiple countries, each thinking that they were superior, went to the same region. As well as that, countries The sinking of the Lusitania, a British also crossed borders to merchant ship carrying U.S. citizens, was do so, and sometimes the factor that brought the U.S. into this European war. Many ships such as the broke agreements. Lusitania were sunk during blockades of British ports by Germany. Cause and Effect 1. Each countries makes technological advancements 1. 2. 2. Each nation began to gain pride in their selves, due to the advancements they had made. 3. They wanted to spread their ideas to countries abroad. 4. 3. 4. Because countries tried to control the same regions. 5. Conflict was created between European nations. 6. Nationalism became a major 5. 6. factor leading to WWI. Summary In conclusion, Nationalism in Europe, already causing competition between nations, also led to imperialism, which made great disagreements between the nations of Europe. This, grouped with Militarism and Alliance Systems, was a great factor leading Europe into a huge war. Recources Farah, Mounir A., and Karls. World History The Human Experience The Modern Era. Columbus, OH: Glencoe/ McGraw Hill, 1999. “Nationalism." Dictionary.com. 2006. Dictionary.com. 4 Feb 2008 <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nationalism>.
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