Wwi During The 19th Century

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In the years prior to WWI many changes were happening around the world. While the assignation of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, in 1914, was the breaking point for the Austro-Hungarians, there was much greater turmoil lingering across the world. The turmoil helped to create the forces which undoubtedly contributed to the outbreak of WWI.
Forces Leading to WWI
During the 19th Century each nation strongly believed their way of life to be best. The nations strived to progress and they were proud of their rights and values. This pride also known as nationalism caused for competitions between nations to have the best of everything. Perhaps one of the greater worries of this time was the political movement of Russia, also known as Pan-Slavism, which promoted the unification of all Slavic people under one flag. This movement created tension because Slavs lived in several different nations. Germany used this tension as an advantage and promoted their nationalism to prove their strength as a country. (World War I, n.d) Although, it was unknown at that time nationalism was the sub-conscious reasoning behind other forces that lead to the Great War.
One of those forces was imperialism. “By 1900 the British Empire extended over five continents and France had control of large areas of Africa.”(World War One, n.d.) This allowed the British to have access to cheap labor and greater amounts of raw materials. “The amount of lands ‘owned’ by Britain and

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