Nationalism In WW2

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Was nationalism in 1900 through 1945 beneficial or detrimental to the world? Nationalism is one’s devotion to their country, political group, social group, or ethnic group. Nationalism dramatically changed the relationship between countries, causing both conflict and unity throughout World War One, the Interwar Years, and World War Two. Through total war, the unification of the KMT and CCP, and the Dunkirk evacuation, nationalism unified people in their beliefs, which allowed for stronger nations. However, nationalism of people with a similar ethnicity, such as, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the May fourth movement, and German Uber-nationalism, separated groups and led to conflict. In Big Era Eight (1900-1945), nationalism driven by …show more content…
In World War One, nationalism unified people on the basis of their beliefs. Nationalism unified people in the form of total war. Total war improved the war effort on both the home front and battlefield, which allowed for greater success. The work that occurred on the home front gave the soldiers the best supplies and nutrition possible, eventually causing a country’s success within war. Total war became vital to a country’s advancements within World War One. Towards the end of the interwar years, Japan began to grow as an imperial power, attempting to imperialize China. China had two opposing forms of government the KMT (Kuomintang) and the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). These two parties decided to settle their differences and join together in an attempt to defend China from Japan (Goff 243). Although the KMT and CCP’s beliefs were not similar, they both did not want to be imperialized by Japan. The Chinese used their loyalty to their country as their basis for joining together in attempt to save China. Instead of having a weaker government with two opposing forces, their loyalty to their country joined them together to …show more content…
The start of World War One was caused by a Serbian nationalist assassinating the Austrian archduke, Franz Ferdinand. The assassin was a Bosnian of Serbian nationality and he wanted to see Bosnia break away from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to become part of Serbia (Goff 96). The assassin’s nationalism was so strong that he wanted his ethnicity and nation of residence to become one unified nation. This goal of one unified nation formed into his motive behind his assassination of the Austrian arch duke. This assassination caused conflict between Serbia and Austria-Hungry, eventually causing World War One. Thus, the assassin’s strong nationalism led to conflict throughout the world. The Treaty of Versailles was established to end World War One. However, this treaty permitted Japan to imperialize China, which upset Chinese nationalists. Their strong allegiance towards China caused anger towards their lack of representation in the treaty of Versailles. This anger sparked protesting at one university within China, which paved the way for the conflicts between the KMT and the CCP (Goff 193). The Treaty of Versailles angered Chinese nationalists, who decided to start protests. These protests led to the separation of the KMT and the CCP, which weakened China. Instead of having one strong political

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