The Influence Of Nationalism During The World War

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Nationalism is the patriotic attachment someone feels to their own country or nation, either coming out of a feeling of collective identity or individual feelings. Nationalism was a big topic of discussion during the early twentieth century because it was one of the main causes of both World Wars. In World War One, a Serbian nationalist terrorist group attacked the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, when he came to visit Serbia to promote positive relations between their two countries, and killed him and his wife. The the countries proceeded to declare war on each other and then alliances brought in many other countries from around the world into the disagreement.
World War  started off with one man, Adolf Hitler, igniting fierce nationalism
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There is disputes on how far back this goes but one of the arguments is that it started in the United Kingdom during the Tutor dynasty (Dickovick and Eastwood, pg. 550). The rational behind this is, “the word nation had referred to elite groups. Basically, defining England as a nation amounted to a bestowing a kind of status on socially mobile English persons as a result of their membership,” (Dickovich and Eastwood, pg. 550). Nationalism in early English times was defined by the institutions that controlled the country. This evolved and developed and this nationalism remerged during the World Wars as Britain became a leader for the Allied Powers. The World Wars both came out of nationalism and also caused it to grow. The reason we look at this is to show how the concept of path dependency plays a vital role in our politics today. As we lead down a path where the countries of the world took on more nationalistic tendencies, we strayed away from it briefly, but it led way and laid the ground work of our current political …show more content…
Russia showed military aggression against the Ukraine in 2014 when they invaded the Crimea. They have always felt that the Ukraine is apart of Russia since historically it has been. Whenever there is aggression like this, it typically shows a heightened amount of nationalism which comes out of a feeling of superiority from the nation and its leaders. Another example of this can be seen through Donald Trump and his followers at his campaign rallies. Trump is a populist leader and tirelessly worked on igniting pride in the United States again through his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” He also tried to differentiate himself as not the typical “Washington” politician who works for their career rather than the people. Because of this, his followers feel very strongly about him and the extremist ones are often seen in the media being aggressive to those who do not agree with them. Going back to the example of Russia and nationalism, many articles have recently come up referring to a surge of “New Russian Nationalism.” An example of this can be seen in The Weekly Standard in an article called “Moscow Calling,” where the author Andrew Struttaford talks about how Russia nationalism is a sort of Eurasianism where the Russia people want to distinctly separate themselves from their European neighbours. Euranasiaism is this case is Europe and

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